What are some nutritious meals you can make that are suitable for a 1 year old?

United States
September 12, 2012 10:46am CST
My twins just turned one and both of them are starting to get teeth in. I want to stop purchasing Gerber meals as they are very expensive, and start transitioning my twins into adult foods. So far I am giving them instant oatmeal for breakfast, but I'm looking for other easy meals I can make them that will be nutritious and easy for them to eat.
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@asdomencil (4276)
• Philippines
12 Sep 12
Instead of buying Gerber, try to make your own baby food. Just mash some fruits or veggies and add a little bit of sugar for the taste. Yes you can have them already solid foods like rice and oatmeal. you can also give them meat but you need to be patient in cutting it into small bits since thier digestive system is not yet fully developed. You can also make your own apple sauce and add them into oatmeal. Try to introduce small bits of solid veggies too like carrots and brocolli which are really good source of nutrients.
• United States
12 Sep 12
Its not too soon to to start them on carrots? I wouldn't want them to choke.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
13 Sep 12
Don't add sugar because it is not good for them and can them to crave it too much. That is what is bad about most prepared food too much sugar and salt
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
@deebomb, yes sugar are unhealthy for kids but you can add a few bits just to removed or alter the taste of the veggies. However, there are veggies that are naturally sweet like sweet potato, banana and squash.
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@Bhebelen14 (5206)
• Philippines
12 Sep 12
Hi PhilliDreamer, My nephew just turn one year old and my sister always cooking puree vegetables like pumkin, potato, broccoli, carrots and apple pie puree, it's very easy to cook,very healthy too and can save money too. Usually she just placed the slice apples or vegetables and water in a saucepan over a medium-low heat, then cook for 5 to 8 minutes until tender. Using the blended puree the apples or vegetables in the saucepan and transfer in a serving bowl and that's it. The taste is good and hope your twins will like it because my nephew love it so much.
• United States
12 Sep 12
I'll have to invest in a blender. I will definitely try it out, but the one thing I'll need to know is how much food should I buy. I hate that fruits and vegetables go bad after a while, so i want to buy just enough to feed the babies a few days at a time.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
12 Sep 12
get the baby bullet. it will totally be worth the money you spend. i used to cook veggies and fruit and then put them into ice cube trays, froze them and use them when i wanted to. what about mac and cheese if you cut up the noodles?
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
12 Sep 12
i had a grinder that was from Germany that produced the same results as a bullet but it took a little longer. i cooked the fruit and veggies, then ground them up, then froze them.
• United States
12 Sep 12
When my daughter was that age and eating real food for the first time it was about texture for her she did not like the way some foods felt in her mouth so I started really basic and moved my way up. I found that one thing that she loved and I had no problem giving it to her was bean burritos. Re fried beans work great for that. You can add cheese and tomatoes and lettuce giving them a balanced meal. The beans are high in protein and it taste great and really don't require chewing as other protein sources do. I just made sure when I made her a plate for dinner that the pieces of food were cut small and she could use her fingers to pick them up and eat them. I also realized that most of the time what I was eating was just fine for her it just needed to be prepared a little differently and cut into smaller pieces so that she could use her new teeth to chew it up. I know that going from baby food to the real deal food is a hard time and finding things that your kids will eat is a rather tasking job. Good luck.
• United States
12 Sep 12
I'll have to see if my babies like Mexican food. LOL. Beans do sound like a good way to get their proteins. I will have to learn a few recipes. This question has been nagging me though. How well do kids know how to chew when they first get their teeth. I don't remember how my older boys did because it was so long ago.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
12 Sep 12
I used to cook and mash carrots and other vegetables. I would then fill ice trays with a week's supply of these vegetables and take a few out daily to defrost. The home cooked vegetables are more nutritious as they do not have the salt therefore they are not straining the kidneys. Cook potatoes too. Mashe dor crushed fruit can also be given. It is better to feed your children natural food and you will also save money. Blessings
• United States
12 Sep 12
How long will freezing the food keep it good That is my biggest concern, I want to make sure I can store the food for at least a week or so, before it goes bad.
@Hatley (164534)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Sep 12
hi phillydreamer use the same food items in the expensive gerber meals only just cook them all yourself amd be sure they are mashed so the child can use their new teeth easily.
• United States
12 Sep 12
I thought of that, but I'm nervous the food I make won't be as nutritious as the Gerber meals. I want to make sure they are getting their proper vitamins and nutrients.
@namiya (1599)
• Philippines
12 Sep 12
mashed fruits like ripe bananas, mashed boiled potatoes and mashed vegetables like squash.
• United States
12 Sep 12
I thought about mashed potatoes, but I'm also concerned about giving them a balanced diet with a good amount of nutrients. Proteins are my biggest worry as meat is very hard to chew.
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@Ollanna11 (372)
• United States
13 Sep 12
Get a bowl and spoon and start mashing with underside of spoon no blender required. If your worried about food spoiling maybe don't buy the bunch I started to buy 3 bananas at a time to avoid wasting food. What about pasta, and veggie sauce should be easy to swallow for babies. Throw some spinach in the sauce for vitmamin A. Other ways to get protein is beans. Cook up some beans kidney,black,navy then mash for kids, and dont forget to give them small pieces of bread.
@deazil (4546)
• United States
13 Sep 12
Hi Philly! Steaming vegetables, I believe, is better than boiling them. I have a few links for you that might be interesting. Also, you can steam meat. It will come out very tender and you can put it in a Baby Bullet. I had some cats that loved steak but they didn't like chewing larger pieces so I used to put a few people sized pieces in my mini food chopper. It came out great. It would be perfect for 1 year olds as there's nothing to choke on. Fish is very good for them to. When I was a kid instead of cooking a lot of fish my mother forced cod liver oil on us. Eewwwww. If you can buy organic foods, that's a plus. I go to Trader Joe's. The prices are really good and I don't trust the big super markets anyway. You don't need to add salt or sugar. You can add lemon juice as a natural preservative and flavor enhancer. Parsley can be finely chopped and added. It's full of nutrients. Here's a link about parsley: www.nutrition-and-you.com/parsley.html Here are the links: www.simplybabyfoodrecipes.net/search/label/Organic and www.babyledweaning.com I think they have some great recipes. Easy sites to navigate. Good luck and have fun!
13 Sep 12
I started giving my daughter a Gerber when she was 5 months old, however, she didn't like the taste so I decided to cook home made foods for her. I cooked rice porridge, a combination of husked rice, egg, horseradish, and salt and pepper for the taste. At 7 months, I let her eat rice with soup of chicken stew ginger and green papaya (pawpaw). Now, my daughter is already 17 months and she eats whatever an adult eats. She's also eating pasta and that's her favorite. Rice is the staple food here in my country so it's a must for me to feed my child rice. I advise that you give your children lots of fruits and veggies to boost their immune system and make them healthier. Oatmeal is also nutritious since it has a high fiber content. I hope you can find meals that are healthy and your children will love.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
13 Sep 12
when my kids were at that age, i used to steam potatoes, carrots and mash them up..they ate those.. but when they reached 1 year old and above, i started giving them porridge, sometimes i mix some chicken and veggies in the porridge and love it...for snack i make chocolate porridge too.. i also make soup and some broth for them to take.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
13 Sep 12
At one, my son basically ate the same things we did but cut up into really small pieces and sometimes cooked a bit longer so it would be softer. He liked bananas, toast, and a boiled egg for breakfast. He likes different soups and stews - it was easy to prepare a lot and then freeze them in small portions.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
13 Sep 12
Hello Philly. Were you buying the junior Gerber baby foods. When my babies were that age they were pretty much eating every thing that my husband and I were eating. I just made sure I mashed it up real good. At that age they are ready to start eating food food that has more texture than the baby food that is put through the blender and is mush. My babies were wanting to feed them selves by the time they were a year old. I would give them green beans and or carrots that were cooked so done that they fell apart when you looked at them. They made a mess with more than they got into their tummies but they got full and were happy to be feeding them selves. .
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
12 Sep 12
Mashed fruits and certain vegetables together with minced meat and chicken are the usual food that i prepare for my kids when they were about a year old. Gerber is indeed expensive nowadays, and it is wiser to make your kid's food than buy those ready-made from groceries.