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Easy kid-friendly recipe ideas. Many are simple enough that your kid can help out too (like this bread in a bag)! I try to minimize added sugar while still maximizing flavor and because I know parents are busy, all the recipes are easy to make.

Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles

blueberry yogurt popsicles frozen over ice with blueberries in the background

Blueberries are very versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes from jellies and jams to snack foods to desserts (or in blueberry yogurt popsicles like I’m showing here!). You can usually find them in the grocery store year-round, but they are in season from May to August.

Bell Pepper for Baby

stuffed bell pepper for baby with rice cheese and meat in a cast iron pan

Do I recommend bell pepper for baby? YES! Veggies in general can be a tricky texture for babies, so it’s best to start out by cooking them to make them a bit softer then gradually working up to raw vegetables.
Bell peppers have a mild taste which makes them more tolerable to many kids than some other veggies, but they still bring a lot of nutrition to the table. They come in a wide variety of colors (way beyond the green, yellow, red, and orange you may see at the store). This is great for variety and for food play options.

Air Fryer Artichoke Hearts

air fryer artichoke hearts

Artichokes make a fun food for kids, because not only are they a vegetable, but they’re an activity too! It can take some modeling and practice to figure out how to properly eat artichoke leaves, so artichoke hearts make a great substitute for a baby who is still learning. Artichokes are great by themselves, but can also be used in dips and spreads or as an addition to a pizza or pasta. These air fryer artichoke hearts are a great option for kids who aren’t ready to try the leaves by themselves.

Pineapple Banana Sorbet

pineapple sorbet with pineapple chunks in the foreground

Pineapples often bring to mind tropical vacations or heated pizza debates. They have an intense flavor that can enhance a wide variety of dishes from sweet to savory. Due to that intense flavor, adding pineapple to a smoothie can take it from dull to delish.
Pineapples are often used in sweet dishes like fruit salads as well as savory, like a slice on a burger. They can be blended into drinks like smoothies and pina coladas.

Easy Crispy Bok Choy Recipe

When I polled my Instagram followers, less than one quarter of them had offered bok choy to their children! It’s not one of the first vegetables we instinctively think of as “baby food.” Bok choy is commonly used in Chinese cooking and can often be found in stir fry.
As with any leafy, green veggie, bok choy should be cooked down and chopped before giving it to your baby. The tough stalk can be used as a teether before your baby is able to break off a chunk of it.

Brussels Sprouts for Babies

air fried brussels sprouts for babies

While not thought of as a common food for babies, Brussels sprouts make a great nutritional choice. It’s recommended to offer a wide variety of foods when starting solids to help prepare your baby’s palate. Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables have strong flavors and can take some getting used to, so it can be helpful to introduce young.

Easy Avocado Snack – Air Fryer Avocado Fries

air fryer avocado fries on a black plate

Are you looking for an easy avocado snack that’s not guacamole (not that there’s anything wrong with guac)? This recipe is perfect for you! The outside comes out perfectly crisp and crunchy, while the inside stays warm and creamy. Avocados are a popular first food for babies, but due to their slippery texture, they can be challenging for little ones to self-feed. The coating on these fries makes them a little more firm and easier to grab. You can cook them a little less to make them a less crispy for babies who are just starting out.

Bread in a Bag

bread in a bag served in a basket, sliced

Are you looking for a super easy, kid-friendly recipe? Let me introduce bread in a bag. This is one of my favorite recipes to do with younger kids who may be a liability with some of the more involved recipes. You do all the prep work right in a large bag, so there is very minimal clean up after. Assuming you properly close the bag, and get the air out, there should be minimal mess during the mixing too. This is the perfect recipe to introduce your child to cooking! If you’re looking for some other ways to get your kids in the kitchen, check out my printable!

Baby Friendly Banana Oat Muffin

baby friendly banana oat muffin with bananas on the side served on a cutting board

Many recipes that I found online had tons of added sugar, which isn’t recommended for babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no added sugar until age 2. I love baking and love getting my kids involved in the kitchen, but was looking for a recipe that my little ones could enjoy. I couldn’t find anything I liked, so I modified a few different recipes I found and made some fruit substitutions in place of the sugar. This recipe is pretty forgiving and can be fun to make with your kids.

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