Easy and Healthy Recipies
For adults, many doctors tell that dinner should be light and should have it before one hour of sleep. But when it comes to toddlers, children, or babies I think dinner for them should be heavy so that they don’t get up in between nights feeling hungry. At dinner time we give full meals and a glass of milk at nap time. This will make their stomach full and feel happy without any disturbance in their sleep. Drinking warm milk at nap time will help a lot in the good sleep of your child.
When you start giving solids to your baby after 6 months of age you have to be careful as your baby is now making a very huge transition in her life from breastmilk or formula milk to solid food. Food is a completely new world to them. You have to introduce your baby to each food one by one to check if it has an allergy to your baby. Thatswhy doctors tell you to follow the three-day rule in which you have to introduce the same food for three days to check if it causes any allergy in your baby or not.
When you start introducing food to your baby make sure it’s light and in pureed form. You can slowly make the transition from pureed to mashed to whole depending on your baby’s age. Here I will tell you how and what lunch options I introduced to my baby and what was his diet at lunchtime from 6 months to 2 years.
You can also check out these food charts to know what to give, what not to give, and when to give:-
- Introducing food to your baby.
- Food chart for 6 to 7-month-old baby.
- Food chart for 8 to 9-month-old babies.
- Food chart for 10 to 12-month-old babies.
- Food chart for 1 to 2 years old baby.
- Quick Baby Recipies.
Dinner Options for Babies and Toddlers
1. Moong dal khichdi:-
- This is one of the healthiest and easy on the stomach options you would give to your baby at lunch.
- To make this recipe take half a glass of rice and half a glass of moong dal and wash them 3 times together with water.
- Now soak it in water for 20 minutes or half an hour. You can also cook it instantly. But soaking makes the rice softer and we want our baby food to be very soft in the early stage of introducing solids.
- Now remove the water from the soaked rice dal and add one and a half glasses of drinking water and keep it on the stove.
- Add some salt, black pepper, and turmeric.
- Cook it on low or medium flame. You can cook it on high flame too but that doesn’t make the rice softer or in mashed form.
- It will take 15 minutes to cook completely on low flame.
- Take it out on a plate and add a spoon of ghee on top of the rice and serve warm.
- For babies who are 6 to 7 months old, you can take normal cooked rice and grind it in a grinder to make a smooth paste and add a little water to make it puree. You can also add dal water to it to make it more healthy.
- Don’t add any spices or salt if your baby is under one year.
2. Vegetable Khichdi.
- To make vegetable khichdi you first need to cook the vegetables separately and then add the cooked rice and mix it if you are not using a pressure cooker.
- If you are using a pressure cooker to make baby food then in a pressure cooker, you can just add half a cup of rice, one bhindi, half carrot, half potato, half kaddu, half Tomato, half onion, or any vegetable which you like along with one glass of water and cook it for 3 whistles.
- You can add salt, turmeric, pepper, ginger garlic paste, and coriander powder for babies above one year.
- After turning off the stove let it cool down and then open it.
- Mash it with a spoon or grind it to a smooth paste and serve it warm.
- Add ghee on top of the food while serving.
3. Dal Rice.
- This is so simple as you don’t need to cook separately for your baby.
- When you make rice for yourself don’t add salt to it if your baby is below one year.
- While making dal for you and your family don’t add green chilli or red chilli in it.
- To make dal you first have to wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes. Soaking makes the recipe faster.
- Now add the dal to a pressure cooker with water, salt, and turmeric.
- Cook it till 4 to 5 whistles on medium flame.
- If you soak the dal and cook it for 5 minutes you don’t need to grind it separately. It will already be mashed.
- Now for tadka add two spoons of ghee or oil.
- Add mustard seeds, jeera, curry leaves, hing, onion, urad dal seeds, and chana dal seeds, and cook it for one minute.
- Now add the cooked dal and turn off the stove.
- You can also add Emili water to the dal and cook it for 10 more minutes.
- Cook the dal completely and take out some dal in a bowl for your baby.
- Later you can add green chili or red chili to the dal for you and your family.
- Or you can just take the dal water when it’s cooking and add it to the mashed rice and serve it to your baby with some ghee.
- Dal is a very good source of protein and is good if you give it to your baby’s daily diet.
4. Rasam Rice.
- Rasam is also known as chair in some states. Rasam is a traditionally known medicine for treating cough and cold. It is very light on the stomach and is usually given to people suffering from fever, cough and cold, or any flu. It has so many flavors in it which makes it healthy and tasty.
- To Make rasam you first have to soak a big lemon size emili or tamarind in water for 15 minutes.
- Then take a deep utensil.
- Add one to two spoons of oil.
- Add one onion, one tomato, mustard seeds, urad dal seeds, chana dal, jeera, ginger garlic paste, curry leaves, and one pinch of hing.
- Now add one to two glasses of water and the tamarind juice.
- Now add one spoon of coriander powder, half a spoon of black pepper powder, one spoon of jeera powder, enough salt, and turmeric powder.
- Now let it boil for 10 to 15 minutes on medium flame.
- Add some coriander leaves and pudina leaves.
- Now take some rasam out for your baby and now you can add green chili and red chili powder to the rest of the rasam.
5. Vegetable Curry With Rice.
- You can make any vegetable curry like bhindi curry, kaddu curry, spinach, palak, turai, or any other curry for your baby from the curry you make for yourself and your family.
- Just make sure you don’t add red chili or green chili to your curry.
- You can add the chilies at last after taking out some curry for your baby.
- Try to add badam paste, coconut, paste, and kaju paste to make your curry more nutritious and healthy. Like this, your baby can also have a healthy meal.
- Always try to add one spoonful of ghee to your baby food.
6. Vegetable Rice.
- This is a very simple and easy recipe. It is very healthy too.
- Take a bowl to add 2 glasses of water to it.
- Add half potato, half carrot, half onion, half tomato, and some zeera to the boiling water.
- Now add a pinch of turmeric powder, ajwain, black pepper powder, and coriander powder.
- Let the vegetables cook in the water.
- After the vegetables get cookies add some more water to the bowl and add rice.
- Cook the rice until it becomes soft and mushy.
- You can serve this rice with curd, dal water, or rasam with some ghee on top.
- You can include curd in your baby’s everyday diet. It boosts immunity.
- Many babies love to eat curd. My baby was so much addicted to curd that he didn’t have his food without curd when he was below one year.
- You can also give simple curd rice to your baby if you don’t have time to make vegetable curries.
7. Oats Porridge.
- Oats have a high amount of fiber in them and are very healthy for both children and adults.
- It is very easy and quick to make.
- I use Saffola milk oats for my baby.
- Take a pan and add half a cup of oats and roast it on medium flame until it becomes golden brown. If your baby has just started solids then you have to make a powder out of that roasted oats so that your baby can have it easily.
- Now add water to it and let it boil for 5 minutes.
- Add salt, black pepper, and turmeric, for babies above one year of age.
- For babies below one year, you can add turmeric and black pepper.
- Cook the oats on a medium flame for 7 minutes and serve it warm with a spoon of ghee or honey on it.
- You can also make oats with cow milk or formula milk instead of using water to make it more healthy.
- Remember no cow milk or honey for babies below one year.
8. Corn Flakes.
- This breakfast option has always been a mom’s favorite dish as it is very quick to make.
- Just adding cornflakes in cow milk with some honey or sugar can make it a healthy breakfast.
- For babies below one year of age, you can make it in powder form and use formula milk or breast milk to serve it to your baby without adding sugar and honey.
9. Roti or Paratha.
- To make roti you first have to make the roti dough.
- Take one cup of wheat flour or half a cup of maida and half a cup of wheat flour.
- Add some salt and ghee or oil to the flour.
- Add water little by little and mix the flour continuously until it becomes a soft dough.
- Cover it with a lid or cloth and keep it aside for 20 minutes.
- Take a roti-making pad or you can use a clean surface in your kitchen to make roti.
- Take one small roti dough and dust it in wheat flour or maida flour.
- Now make the roti into a round shape or whatever shape you want adding some wheat flour or oil to it.
- Preheat the pan and make roti on it adding ghee or oil.
- Now soak the roti in cow milk with honey or sugar, formula milk, or any other vegetable or non-veg curry you made for your baby to make it softer.
- Avoid cow milk, honey, sugar, and salt for babies below one year.
- You can also add some stuffing in the paratha to make it more healthy like aloo stuffing, carrot stuffing, egg paratha, dal paratha, palak paratha, etc.
10. French Toast.
- Bread has always been our favorite food. When you are in a hurry just grab a sandwich and run to work. You can have it in your car, on a bus, train, or even on a bike.
- We prefer it mainly at breakfast as we don’t get enough time to prepare food as we are in a hurry to leave to office.
- And also when your kid is getting late for school this breakfast is the perfect option.
- With bread, you can make many varieties of dishes like an egg sandwiches, vegetable sandwiches, non-veg sandwiches, Bread and jam, bread with peanut butter, etc.
- This makes a complete meal when taken with a glass of milk.
- To make french toast you need 1 or 2 eggs and 2 or 4 slices of bread.
- Take 2 eggs and put them in a bowl.
- Add salt, pepper, turmeric, and red chili.
- Beat the eggs completely.
- Now put a pan on the stove.
- Add one spoonful of ghee, butter, or oil.
- Dip the slice of bread in the egg mixture and place it on the pan.
- Dip both sides completely.
- Now cook it for just 5 minutes on medium flame.
- Your yummy French toast is done.
11. Wheat Dosa
- This is a 5-minute recipe. Useful for moms to make breakfast or dinner if they are in a hurry.
- Take one cup of wheat in a bowl. Add some salt to it.
- Add water and make sure the batter is not too thick and not too watery. Its consistency should be like a smooth paste.
- To a small pan add one spoon of oil. Add mustard seeds, jeera, curry leaves, half onion, and half tomato, and fry them for a minute.
- Turn off the flame and add it to the wheat batter.
- You can also add some kotimeer, pudina, green chili, and ginger garlic to the batter if you want.
- Now take a non-stick pan and heat it.
- Add one spoonful of batter and make it in the share of a dosa.
- Keep the flame on medium and cook both sides for 5 minutes.
- That’s it yummy wheat dosa is ready.
- Enjoy it with chutney, sauce, or curd.
- If your baby is small then avoid adding onions, curry leaves, green chilli, and tomatoes. Because they will not be able to chew them.