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Homemade Baby Food to Prepare for 10-12 Months Old Babies

Now that your baby is nearing her first birthday, she can start eating many of the same foods as the rest of the family is eating— albeit with a few modifications.

To avoid a choking hazard, make sure that the foods you' re offering her are soft, easy to mash and cut into small pieces. And to keep your baby' s meals as healthy as possible, avoid adding salt or sugar.

Ideally, your 10- to 12- month- old will be eating a grain or vegetable starch, a protein, and a fruit or vegetable at every meal. Here are a few meals that you can serve to your 10- to 12- month- old— along with everyone else in the family.

Omelet fingers

A protein- rich breakfast will get your little one off a great start in the morning.

Ingredients:

1 egg

1/8 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 red pepper, diced

Instructions:

Sauté the diced peppers until soft (about 3 to 4 minutes).

Crack the egg into a bowl and beat.

Add the egg to the pan and cook until done (about 2 to 3 minutes)

Cool, then cut into strips. (You can also cut them into small, bite- sized pieces. )

Broccoli and pasta

This take on mac n' cheese will sneak some extra greens (and calcium) onto your child' s plate.

Ingredients:

Macaroni pasta

Broccoli

Olive oil

Instructions:

Cook the pasta until the consistency is soft and easy to chew.

Cut a broccoli floret into small, bite- sized pieces.

Combine pasta and broccoli with olive oil to taste.

Tortilla pizza

A tortilla makes a great (and low- carb) base for a pizza. Top it with plenty of veggies for a healthy meal.

Ingredients:

1 tortilla

1 tablespoon tomato sauce

1 tablespoon Mexican shredded cheese

1/2 bell pepper, diced

Instructions:

Sauté the diced peppers until soft (about 3 to 4 minutes).

While the peppers are cooking, add tomato sauce to the tortilla and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Add cooked peppers to the tortilla and bake in the oven at 375 degrees F until crispy (about 5 minutes).

Let cool. Cut into strips or bite- sized pieces.

Chickpea stir- fry

Chickpeas are a vegetarian- friendly protein, and a stir- fry is sure to please the whole family.

Ingredients:

Canned chickpeas

Broccoli

Bell peppers

Olive oil

Cooked rice

Instructions:

Rinse off the chickpeas in water (which gets rid of some sodium).

Dice bell peppers and chop the broccoli into small florets.

Heat olive oil in a pan, and cook the chickpeas until slightly soft (about 5 to 7 minutes).

Add the diced peppers and small broccoli florets until soft (about 3 to 4 minutes).

Remove the stir fry from the pan; allow to cool.

Smash the chickpeas until mushy. (Whole chickpeas are a choking hazard. )

Serve over cooked rice.

Chicken with apples and rice

Packed with protein, chicken is a kid- friendly staple that will likely be a part of her diet for many years to come.

Ingredients:

Chicken

Apple

Rice

Spices, if desired

Instructions:

Cut an apple into slices and layer them at the bottom of a slow cooker. Add the chicken and any desired spices (such as nutmeg or cinnamon).

Add enough water so that it barely covers the food; cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Remove the food from the slow cooker; allow it to cool.

Cut into small pieces and serve over cooked rice.

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