5 Organic Homemade Baby Food Recipes for your 8-9+ Month Old

Your baby is now between 8 or 9 months and 11 months. There are plenty of ways your can offer homemade baby food and “finger food” to your little one.

At around 8 to 9 months, your baby will want to feed themselves.

They will want to take food with their fingers or with their spoon. Allow them to do this, even if it gets messy, and it will! This is important for your baby’s learning process.

Even though your little one might not have very many teeth, they can still use their gums to chew. At this point, you can offer your baby finger foods, thicker mashed foods, and chopped or minced foods, however, make sure the textures are still soft and chewable.

Your baby will slowly be transitioning to eating three small meals per day. However, they should still be breastfeeding or infant formula feeding throughout the day. Try offering solid meal before your baby’s breastfeeding session.

As a guide:

Remember, your should still not leave your baby alone while they eat. Watch them during the process in order to prevent choking or other hazards. You can slowly keep teaching your baby to drink boiled, cooled water from a cup.

Your baby cannot drink cow’s milk until they are one years old. However, you can still use small amounts in their porridge or baby cereal. Small quantities in yoghurt, cheese, or custard should also be fine.

You can start experimenting with more varieties of food for your baby, some even from your family menu. Here are some recipes and finger food ideas to make, ideally, from whole, organic produces for your 8-11 month old baby.

1) Apple Couscous

Ingredients

  • 100g couscous
  • 2 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 50g apple

Procedure

  • Soak couscous in warm water for 5 minutes or until soft
  • Meanwhile, remove apple core and skin
  • Cook in small water
  • Grate apple
  • Mix couscous, apple, and yoghurt together in a dish
  • Serve

 

2) Cheese and Vegetable Potage

Ingredients

  • 250g potatoes
  • 50g sweet potato
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • Small leek
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 100ml milk
  • 50g cheese, grated

Procedure

  • Peel and chop the potatoes into small dices
  • Peel and cut the sweet potato
  • Place potatoes and sweet potato into a pot with just enough water to cover them
  • Bring to a boil
  • Turn down and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until soft
  • Remove half the potatoes and place in a dish
  • Puree the rest of the potatoes in the pan with a stick blender
  • Chop the leek into fine pieces
  • Sauté leek with butter in a pan until soft
  • Stir in flour
  • Slowly stir in milk
  • Stir in pureed potatoes, potato dices which were cooked, and cheese
  • Serve after it has cooled enough to eat

Note: this is a delicious, heart warming winter soup, and can be made for the rest of the family as well. For an “adult” taste, you can add garlic.

 

3) Baby Butternut Pasta Shapes

Ingredients

  • 100g small pasta in spiral, seashell, etc. shapes
  • 100g butternut squash

Procedure

  • Cook the butternut squash in a pot of water until soft
  • Cook pasta in boiling water for 10-15 minutes
  • Remove squash and add a little water
  • Puree squash with a stick blender
  • Pour sauce over pasta
  • Serve after slightly cooled

 

4) Lamb with Pearl Barley

Ingredients

  • 60g lean lamb, minced
  • 50g pearl barley
  • 80g carrot
  • 1 tbsp. tomato puree
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 40g onion
  • Olive oil

Procedure

  • Peel carrot, onion, and garlic
  • Cut carrot and onion into small pieces
  • Heat olive oil in a pan
  • Add cut carrot, onion, and garlic into the pan
  • Saute for 5 minutes
  • Add minced lamb and fry for 5-10 minutes or until lamb is browned
  • Do the same with the pearl barley and tomato puree
  • Pour water until everything cover
  • Bring to a boil and stir
  • Lower heat and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring from time to time
  • Cool before serving

 

 

5) Savoury Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 mushrooms
  • 50g green peas
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Dessert spoon olive oil
  • 140ml water

Procedure

  • Remove the skin from the chicken and cut into fine pieces
  • Peel the carrot grate
  • Wash mushrooms and slice thinly
  • Cut the onion into thin pieces
  • Then, fry the onion and chicken gently in a pan, until the chicken is brown on all sides
  • Add the carrot, mushrooms, bay leaf, and water
  • Close the top and simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes
  • Add green peas
  • Then cook for 5 more minutes, or until the peas are warm
  • Remove the bay leaf
  • Blend or mash with fork if too chunky for your baby, otherwise serve as is after cooled

 

Finger Food Ideas:

  • Cooked pasta (spiral shapes can be easier for your baby to hold onto)
  • Porridge (unpureed)
  • Pikelets
  • Rusks
  • Rice crackers or other biscuits (with spreads)
  • Pieces of bread (with cream cheese, and other spreads to make them softer)
  • Small sandwiches (spread with avocado, ricotta cheese, or vegemite)
  • Avocado
  • Watermelon (deseeded and cut into large stick forms)
  • Banana (cut into pieces)
  • Mandarin or orange (deseeded and with peels removed)
  • Peach slices
  • Apple or pear (grated or stewed)
  • Grapes (deseeded, skins removed, and cut into quarters)
  • Strawberries
  • Tomato (cut into pieces)
  • Vegetables such as carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkin, potato, zucchini (cooked until soft, and cut into pieces)
  • Meat such as lean beef, lamb, chicken (well cooked and cut into strips)
  • Fish (bones removed and without batter)
  • Lean mince
  • Tofu (cut into cubes)
  • Meat patties (finely chop already cooked meat, mix with mashed potato, and shape into patties)
  • Fish patties (finely chop already cooked fish, mix with mashed potato, and shape into patties)
  • Eggs (boiled or scrambled)
  • Cheese sticks
  • Grated cheese
  • Baked beans
  • Other cooked beans
  • Stews
  • Casseroles
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Toast

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