6 Unique Baby Food Recipes for 1 Year Old Baby

Making baby food is fun, and it allows the parents to introduce a larger variety of food than you could purchase in a grocery store. The baby food in the stores is a basic assortment of common fruits, vegetables, and some meals. However, when you opt to make your baby food at home, you can come up with some tasty meals for your child.

By the time your child is 1 year old, she will more than likely be eating a significant amount of table food. She may enjoy purees still, or she could prefer to finger feeds herself. This is an excellent time to introduce more flavors. Raising a child who loves all food starts early in life.

There are little limitations for a 1 year old. However, it is best to avoid raw honey, and some parents opt to continue to delay introduction to nuts and seafood. This is especially wise if any of your family members suffer from food allergies. Here are some unique and fun baby food recipes to try with your toddler.

6 Baby Food Recipes for 1 Year Old Baby


Chicken and Broccoli Puree


While your toddler is little, it is a great time to get them used to the flavor of broccoli. It is a vegetable that is full of wonderful vitamins, but it is far from loved by other toddlers. This is a very simple recipe and creates enough to freeze for later. You will need:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 potato, peeled
  • ​1 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese

To cook this recipe, you need to place the potato and chicken in a steamer pot over boiling water for 5 minutes. Add the broccoli and cook for another 3 minutes or until chicken is cooked all the way through.

All of the vegetables should be fork tender. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and puree. You can leave it chunkier for a toddler who likes the texture. For a creamy texture, you may need to add some water from the steamer.


Mexican Chicken

Parents don’t often think of introducing their baby to Mexican food, but there are some delicious flavors and recipes they may enjoy. The food is simple, but it is delicious and healthy. For older toddlers, you could add a dash of chili powder, but avoid it for the younger ones. You will need:

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • ¼ bell pepper, chopped
  • ​2 tablespoons grated cheese
  • ​1 small tomato, chopped
  • ​1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup cooked brown rice

Cook the chicken in a steamer pot over boiling water for 4 minutes. Then, add the bell pepper to the pot and cook for an additional 4 minutes. The chicken should be cooked all the way through.

After it is done, place all of the ingredients into a food processor. If you want a creamy texture, you can use water from the steamer or juice from canned tomatoes. Puree to the desired texture and serve. Your baby will love this recipe!


Halibut with Summer Vegetables

This recipe is for those who are comfortable giving their 1 year old some seafood. Seafood has tons of great vitamins, and most people are likely to handle it well. However, always talk to your doctor first about when is the right time to introduce a new food. For this recipe, you are going to need:

  • 1 halibut fillet or any other white fish
  • ½ cup chopped or 1 large tomato ( you can use canned tomatoes as well)
  • ​One zucchini cut
  • ​¼ cup corn (frozen or fresh)
  • ​1 garlic clove
  • ​½ cup frozen shelled edamame
  • 4 basil leaves

Put all of the ingredients in a saucepan, over boiling water except for the basil. This all needs to steam together for 6 to 8 minutes. The fish should be cooked thoroughly. It should be flaky.

Once it is fully cooked, place all the ingredients into a food processor, including the basil, and puree to the desired texture. This recipe makes some servings, so freeze the rest in a baby food cube tray.


Warming Vegetable Curry

Your baby may like some different spices in their diet. Some parents forget their child does have taste buds. This one is sure to please! You will need:

  • 2 small zucchini
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ​2 tsp olive oil
  • ​Little piece of ginger
  • ​Ground cumin
  • ​Ground coriander
  • ​Turmeric
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • ​½ cup water
  • ​4 to 5 cups spinach with stems removed
  • 1 red bell pepper, cubed

Saute the onion in the olive oil until tender. Add ginger, cumin, coriander and turmeric, and cook for 1 minute. Then, add the zucchini, apple juice, and water. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 min or until the zucchini is thoroughly cooked. Insert the red bell pepper and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

While this is cooking, cook the spinach in water and drain. Once it is cooked and drained, chop up the spinach and add it to the other vegetables. Simmer for a few moments. At this point, you can serve as is, or you can puree to the desired texture for your baby. It is best to be served on top of rice.


Chicken and Bean Dinner

Everyone loves a good casserole. Your baby will enjoy this recipe. You can leave it as is, or you can puree it down further for those babies that may not enjoy texture just yet. Here is what you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 boneless chicken breast
  • ​1 onion, sliced
  • ​2 tablespoons butter
  • ​½ tablespoon flour
  • ​¼ cup chicken stock
  • ​1 cup canned tomatoes
  • ​1 cup kidney beans, drained
  • Black pepper

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a pan, and cook the chicken breast until golden brown. Put the chicken into a casserole dish. In the pan, sauté the onions in butter until they are tender.

Then, stir in the flour. Add the stock, then bring to a boil. After it is boiling, add the tomatoes, beans, and a dash of black pepper. Cook the whole mixture, and pour over top of the chicken. Cover, and cook in the oven for 45 minutes.


Pork Chops and Apple sauce

This is a play on a classic dish. Instead of using pork chops, you can use pork tenderloin. You get to cook this recipe in a slow cooker, and it makes a good serving size. You will have plenty of extras. Here are the needed ingredients:

  • Pork tenderloin, cubed
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • ​2 medium apples (golden delicious are mild)
  • 2-3 cups of water

First, you need to peel and dice the sweet potato into small, 1 inch pieces. Peel and core the apple, then dice into small pieces. Add all of the ingredients, including the water, to a slow cooker.

They will all be submerged. Cook on low for 5 hours until all is cooked well. Use a food processor and blend until smooth. You can then freeze the excess for later meals.

Your toddler is sure to love all of the different flavors these 6 recipes offer. Chicken and broccoli are a classic combination and a family favorite for many. Mexican cuisine offers plenty of spice and deliciousness; this is a great time to introduce your toddler.

Casseroles, stews, and even Indian dishes are options for your 1 year old. Now, you can experiment and try plenty of different combinations and recipes for your toddler. They can handle so many different flavors.

If your baby still doesn't like chunky textures, continue to puree the ingredients until they are creamy. Over time, she will get used to the chunkiness and be able to try thicker foods. These recipes are sure to be winners.

We hope you enjoyed these awesome recipes. What does your 1 year old enjoy eating? Let us know in the comments.


Hi! I’m Serena. The first time that I knew the term “being mommy” was fantastic and unforgettable. It brought me a lot of changes in my body, my habit, my feeling and my whole life. I started Kittymoms in order to share my knowledge and experience to those who are first-time mommies and who have a long time to be back to mom's work, all who need to search advice during the time taking care of their babies.

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