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Here is a master list of healthy AND easy baby led weaning meals that the ENTIRE family can enjoy together! These are all great finger foods and can be enjoyed as soon as your baby is ready for solid food.

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Delicious Baby-Led Weaning Recipes

If you are struggling to find meal ideas for your baby that are easy and quick to make, look no further. You have come to the right place!

All of these recipes contain a short list of ingredients that are easily accessible and require minimal effort, so you can save that time and energy to spend with your baby!

And you do NOT have to cook separate meals for your baby and the rest of the family. I say baby meals, but these recipes are suitable for 1 year old and beyond!

When you click on all the recipes shared below, you will find visuals as well as suggestions on how to modify and serve to your baby.

Helpful Baby Led Weaning Resources

Here are some in-depth resources to help guide you in exposing your baby to a wide variety of flavors and textures while ensuring that they get the nutrition they need to grow and thrive.

Tips for Building Baby Meals

scrambled eggs with quinoa cut into strips and bite sized pieces, butternut squash, and raspberries.
  • Here is everything you need to know to build a well-balanced plate.
  • Always follow your baby’s lead.
  • Your baby may still be doing a lot of playing and throwing at this point, and that’s ok. They are still learning to self feed and it’s a skill that takes A LOT of practice. So be consistent and patient. Stick to your mealtime schedule and eat alongside your baby so they can watch and learn from you. 
  • If your baby doesn’t eat much during mealtime, you can offer a little bit of breastmilk/formula afterwards. 
  • Less is more when starting solids. It’s tempting to fill their plates with all kinds of nutritious foods, but that can really overwhelm and intimidate your baby. Start with 2-3 pieces of finger foods or a small portion of mixed foods, and offer more if your baby seems interested.
  • As your baby gets older, you will probably start to notice their typical eating pattern and you can plate accordingly.
  • It’s important to expose them to a wide variety of flavors and textures during the first year BUT this doesn’t mean you have to offer something different every single day. Embrace the leftovers and try to change 1-2 things. For instance, if you served lentils with peanut butter and banana one day, try lentils with leftover vegetables the next day.
  • While it’s our natural tendency to focus solely on the food, I want to encourage you to consider the joy and adventure that comes from exploring all the different foods, which is such an awesome thing to teach your child!

Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast Ideas

Many of the popular breakfast foods are oftentimes loaded with sugar and lack the nutrients that babies need. You will be pleased to find that all of these recipes are super EASY to whip up and are made only with wholesome ingredients that are easy to find.

They are great finger foods and so flavorful that your whole family will enjoy starting the day on the right foot!

And here are some real-life examples of breakfast plates broken down by age.

four carrot oatmeal cookies stacked
5 from 161 votes

3 Ingredient Baby Cookies

3 ingredients are all you need to make these soft and delicious vegan banana oatmeal cookies. They are the perfect breakfast or snack for babies!
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5 from 21 votes

Healthy Strawberry Baked Oatmeal

Super easy to make, this healthy baked oatmeal recipe with juicy strawberries and bananas is the perfect make ahead breakfast or snack for the whole family!
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An overhead shot of baked oatmeal with slice on green spatula.
5 from 23 votes

Vegan Baked Apple Oatmeal

This one pan baked apple oatmeal is so easy to make with 6 ingredients. It is egg-free and dairy-free and can be made ahead of time.
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overnight oats with sliced banana, ground walnuts in a bowl.
5 from 38 votes

Banana Overnight Oats

These banana overnight oats are a perfect make ahead breakfast or snack option for babies, kids, and adults alike!
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Stacked super fluffy eggless pancakes with raspberries on the side.
5 from 25 votes

Eggless Pancakes

These eggless pancakes are proof that you can have a light and fluffy breakfast treat without the eggs! Not only are they easy to make, but they're also versatile
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A close up shot of baked oatmeal in a white square pan.
5 from 5 votes

Baked Peach Oatmeal (No Sugar Added)

Here's a super easy make ahead breakfast for the whole family – Baked Peach Oatmeal! It is a healthy and delicious way to start the morning!
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Stacked pancakes with slices cut out to show the inside.
5 from 25 votes

Strawberry banana pancakes

Made with simple, healthy ingredients, these strawberry banana pancakes are light, fluffy, and delicious! They contain no added sugar and are a delicious breakfast for the whole family!
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A close up shot sliced muffin on toddler's hand.
5 from 78 votes

Healthy Carrot Banana Muffins

These banana carrot muffins are perfectly moist, healthy, and flavorful! Made with all natural ingredients, they are a great breakfast that even your baby and toddler can enjoy!
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A slice of breakfast bake with yogurt, banana, and raspberry.
4.95 from 18 votes

Baked Breakfast Quinoa with Zucchini

This vegan quinoa bake with zucchini is a delicious way to serve quinoa to babies and kids. It's also an easy opportunity to add variety to their breakfast or snack!
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four oatmeals shaped into balls and plated on a white plate
5 from 28 votes

Homemade Baby Oatmeal

Learn how to cook the perfect oatmeal for baby. It's easy, fast, and customizable! Serve as is or as a finger food, baby led weaning style.
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a lunchbox with omelette strips, freeze dried strawberries, roasted orange and purple sweet potatoes.
5 from 28 votes

Vegetable Omelette

Nutritious and easy to make, this baby-friendly omelette made with whatever veggies you have on hand is the perfect breakfast/snack for babies and toddlers!
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cooked scrambled eggs with large curds in a nonstick pan.
5 from 18 votes

Soft Scrambled Eggs for Baby

Here's how to make soft and fluffy scrambled eggs every time as well as fun variations to incorporate more variety into your child's diet!
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four variations to the basic quinoa cereal served on separate four pink bowls.
5 from 2 votes

Easy Quinoa Baby Cereal (4 Ways)

Making homemade baby cereal or porridge is SO easy and inexpensive! If you've only been serving rice or oat-based cereals, give this iron-rich quinoa version a try!
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A close up shot of sliced bread.
4.98 from 41 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread

Made with healthy ingredients, this moist pumpkin banana bread has all the warm pumpkin flavor with just the right amount of sweetness.
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Three stacked cookies.
4.77 from 89 votes

Healthy Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies

These zucchini oatmeal cookies are so easy to make with wholesome, minimal ingredients and no added sugar!
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A close-up of muffins on a wire rack
5 from 160 votes

Healthy Blueberry Muffins for Babies

These blueberry baby muffins are sweetened with fruits only and loaded with nutrition! They're soft and moist, making them perfect for babies
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three sliced baked oatmeal stacked on top of each other
5 from 15 votes

Savory Baked Oatmeal with Vegetables

This savory baked oatmeal is so easy to make and a great way to enjoy vegetables for breakfast! Perfect for baby led weaning and lunchboxes.
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Spinach muffin with a bite taken out.
4.97 from 160 votes

Moist Spinach Muffins

These healthy spinach muffins with banana are fluffy and moist in texture and packed with nutrition. They are perfect for babies and kids.
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Stacked spinach pancakes on a white plate.
4.99 from 110 votes

Spinach Pancakes

These spinach pancakes are super easy to make with just a handful of wholesome ingredients. These dye free green pancakes are the perfect finger food for babies and toddlers, especially!
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baby friendly banana protein pancakes spread out on a blue plate with berries and peanut butter
5 from 35 votes

3 Ingredient Banana Oat Pancakes

Made in a blender with simple ingredients, these banana pancakes for babies and toddlers make for a delicious and filling snack or meal. Fluffy and moist, if you are looking for a baby led weaning pancakes recipe, this is it!
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three stacked peanut butter waffles topped with banana and raspberries
5 from 26 votes

Vegetable Waffles with Peanut Butter

EASY to make, healthy peanut butter vegetable waffles for babies and kids! A great way to enjoy more protein, fat, and veggies for breakfast.
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A close up shot of baby French toast strips as well as bite-sized pieces on a parchment paper
4.90 from 19 votes

Savory French toast

This savory vegetable French toast or eggy bread is an EASY and fun way to use up leftovers. Suitable for babies 6 months and up!
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collage of six puddings
5 from 17 votes

Single Serve Chia Puddings for Babies and Kids

Single serve chia seed pudding for babies 6 months and up is the perfect make ahead breakfast or snack that you can whip up in under 5 minutes!
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Baked cookie with a bite taken out of it.
4.99 from 84 votes

Peanut Butter Chickpea Cookies

Made without flour and sugar, these peanut butter chickpea cookies are so easy to make with just 5 ingredients.
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BLW Lunch Ideas

Here are some healthy recipes that can be eaten at home or to enjoy as a daycare or preschool lunch.

Stacked quinoa wraps with the top one rolled up.
4.93 from 14 votes

Quinoa Wraps (Tortillas)

Made with just quinoa and chia seeds, these healthy quinoa wraps are a delightful addition to any meal, from tacos and burritos to a tasty treat for kids.
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4 unique combinations of lentils for babies
5 from 18 votes

Lentils for babies

Get all your burning questions about serving lentils to your baby answered. Here are tips and EASY recipes to boost your baby's iron levels.
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four pizza quesadilla triangles spread out on a parchment paper with pizza sauce spread on two pieces and fresh basil sprinkled throughout
5 from 16 votes

Pizza quesadilla

Try this healthy pizza quesadilla that's super EASY to whip up. 15 minutes to make, perfect for lunch or dinner, and suitable for babies and kids.
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a toddler's hand dunking the chickpea patty in pizza hummus
4.98 from 44 votes

Chickpea Patties (gluten free)

These flavorful chickpea patties with quinoa are easy to make with simple pantry staples. Shape them into patties or even nuggets.
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cooked salmon quiche in a white oval plate with a toddler hand
4.99 from 85 votes

Mini crustless quiche

Packed with protein and vegetables, this mini crustless quiche is so easy to make! Enjoy as a make-ahead breakfast, snack, or pack for lunch boxes.
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four cooked english pizza muffin with one of them sliced into three strips
5 from 10 votes

English muffin pizza (with vegetables)

English muffin pizza is a super fun and delicious way to encourage even the pickiest eater to eat their vegetables! And if you're looking for a safe and healthy baby pizza recipe, step right up!
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five cooked muffins on a white plate
5 from 27 votes

Vegan vegetable quinoa muffins

Made with healthy ingredients like broccoli, carrots, and quinoa, these egg and dairy-free vegetable muffins with quinoa are perfect for baby led weaning and school lunchboxes.
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A close up shot of stacked wraps with the top one rolled.
5 from 15 votes

Lentil Wraps

It's ridiculously easy to make high-protein, gluten-free, and vegan lentil wraps or tortillas at home! While you only need 2 ingredients, there are so many ways to customize the fillings and flavors.
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A toddler's hand dipping one of the nuggets in beet hummus.
5 from 11 votes

Baked Veggie Nuggets

These homemade Veggie Nuggets are a simple and fun way to get more veggies into your child's diet! Made with four vegetables, they're the perfect snack or lunchbox addition that babies and kids will love.
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Three stacked bars.
4.96 from 43 votes

Healthy Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

These pumpkin oatmeal bars are high in protein and low in sugar. Moist and packed with the flavors of fall, enjoy them as a delicious no fuss breakfast or snack!
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a toddler holding a slice of flatbread pizza.
5 from 4 votes

Chicken pesto flatbread pizza

Ready in under 20 minutes, this Chicken Pesto Flatbread is the perfect solution for a quick lunch or dinner for the whole family.
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Baked turkey meatballs on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
5 from 110 votes

Turkey Meatballs with rice

These oven baked kid-friendly turkey and rice meatballs are the perfect iron-rich finger food for your baby, children of all ages, and adults!
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a close up shot of cooked shrimp tofu cakes on parchment paper
4.97 from 59 votes

Easy baked shrimp cakes

Super juicy and tender, these baked Asian shrimp cakes are baby and kid-friendly! Of course, the adults can enjoy them too.
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Six meatballs on a wooden board with toddler grabbing one.
5 from 36 votes

Healthy Baby Meatballs

These baby meatballs are made with just 5 simple ingredients and are egg free and dairy free. Tender and flavorful, these are perfect for baby led weaning, toddlers, and the whole family.
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5 from 28 votes

Baked Quinoa and Mushroom Beef Meatballs

baked meatballs made with ground beef, mushroom, and quinoa. It's the ultimate comfort food that can be enjoyed as is or with pasta, vegetables, salads
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a close up shot of the porridge for babies in a brown bowl with a spoon
4.98 from 48 votes

rice porridge for babies

Super easy to make, this beef and vegetable rice porridge for babies is easy-to-digest, nutritious, and suitable for 6 months and up.
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baked salmon patties on parchment paper with mango yogurt sauce in a white bowl.
4.97 from 28 votes

Mini Baked Canned Salmon Patties

These mini baked salmon patties with canned salmon are packed with vegetables and full of flavor! Perfect for baby led weaning!
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three different versions of mashed sweet potatoes in separate glass bowls. One with black beans and broccoli, second one with chicken and avocado, and third one with yogurt, hemp seeds, and turmeric
5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This instant pot mashed sweet potatoes will make for an EASY side dish at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any meal! It's also a healthy baby food.
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six cooked mini Shepherd's PIe Muffins on a large white plate with a toddler hand grabbing one
5 from 10 votes

Mini Shepherd’s Pie Muffins

A quick and easy, baby and kid-friendly twist on an Irish classic comfort food, these mini shepherd pie muffins are filled with beef, vegetables and topped with creamy mashed potatoes
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Baby Led Weaning Dinner Ideas

Between milk feedings and solid food, it can feel like the whole day revolves around food. Before you can even catch a breath, it’s eating time. Again.

My hope is that these simple recipes will ease your load. And the best part is you only  have to make ONE meal for the whole family with slight modifications for your baby. Let me show you how!

A close up shot of pureed carrot lentil soup with yogurt fresh parsley and crusty bread slice.
4.96 from 25 votes

Carrot and Lentil Soup

This carrot and lentil soup tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen but only takes 30 minutes to make! It's hearty, nutritious, and super flavorful.
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A close up shot of cooked bolognese with a wooden spoon.
5 from 29 votes

Easy Bolognese with Vegetables

This kid-friendly veggie-loaded meat sauce with ground beef and medley of vegetables is hearty, filling, and nutritious! 
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A close up shot of scooped broccoli pasta.
5 from 34 votes

Creamy Broccoli Pasta

In need of an easy weeknight dinner? 15 minutes is all it takes to make this healthy one pot creamy broccoli pasta
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A close up shot of cooked curry with coconut milk.
5 from 10 votes

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Lentil Curry

A cozy, hearty meal is what I promise with this Thai chicken and lentil curry recipe! Made with a few kitchen staples, it's a healthy and EASY dinner perfect for the whole family.
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Whole wheat bun stuffed with sloppy joes.
5 from 26 votes

Healthy Turkey Sloppy Joes

Made with lean beef, vegetables, and a super easy homemade sauce with pumpkin, this quick and easy meal can be on your table in 30 minutes! 
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Chicken Spinach Pizza Couscous Casserole
5 from 6 votes

Pizza Casserole with Couscous

this pizza casserole is not only quick and easy to make but also nutritious, with ingredients like chicken, whole wheat couscous, and spinach!
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A close up shot of cooked curry with a wooden spoon.
5 from 11 votes

Butternut Squash Curry with chickpeas

Bursting with flavor, this creamy butternut squash curry with chickpeas is the ultimate comfort food. It's seriously the perfect one pot weeknight meal.
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a close up shot of the cooked curried chicken couscous scooped with a large spoon
5 from 16 votes

Curried Couscous (with chicken)

This easy, 30 minute curried couscous is the perfect busy weeknight meal made with simple pantry ingredients.
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a close up shot of cooked lasagna in the baking pan with fresh basil.
5 from 6 votes

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Lasagna with Quinoa

This vegetarian sweet potato lasagna with quinoa requires no boiling of noodles and assembly couldn't be easier!
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steak fajitas served family-style with an assortment of toppings and toddler, baby, and adult's plate with tortilla.
5 from 2 votes

Pressure Cooker Steak Fajitas

Super juicy and flavorful, this pressure cooker steak fajitas recipe for babies and kids is perfect for busy weeknights.
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A close up shot of baked shells with fresh basil.
5 from 10 votes

Easy Stuffed Shells with Meat

These stuffed shells with ground beef and vegetables are a hearty make ahead dinner or freezer meal for the whole family to enjoy!
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one pot parmesan pumpkin quinoa - mjandhungryman
5 from 8 votes

One Pot Parmesan Pumpkin Quinoa

This fall inspired ultimate comfort meal, one pot parmesan pumpkin quinoa, is super easy to make, healthy, and delicious! It’s vegetarian, naturally gluten free and makes for a perfect weekday meal.
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a close up shot of chicken quinoa spinach casserole.
4.99 from 77 votes

Chicken Spinach Quinoa Casserole

A baby and kid-friendly comfort meal you don't want to miss! This chicken spinach quinoa casserole with black beans is super easy to make and loaded with iron and protein.
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a bowl of slow cooker chickpea lentil chili with diced avocado and cilantro
5 from 6 votes

Slow Cooker Lentil Chili with Chickpeas

Thick and hearty, this vegetarian slow cooker chickpea lentil chili is sure to keep your baby and child happy and nourished. It's also an incredibly iron-rich meal!
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thick and creamy cauliflower chickpea soup in a blue soup bowl with one piece of roasted cauliflower and chopped cilantro with a gold spoon
5 from 22 votes

Vegan Chickpea Cauliflower Soup

Super EASY to make using pantry ingredients, this creamy chickpea soup with cauliflower is the perfect soup for babies and kids.
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peanut chicken and broccoli served with barley on a blue plate with a a fork
4.85 from 13 votes

Instant Pot Peanut Chicken and Broccoli

Another EASY, 30 minute weeknight meal you can enjoy with your baby and kids! This Instant pot chicken and broccoli is also a great way to continue exposing your child to one of the top food allergens, peanuts.
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a close up shot of sweet potato sauce tossed with pasta and spinach
5 from 17 votes

Creamy Sweet Potato Sauce

This baby and kid-friendly sweet potato sauce is EASY to whip up and can be enjoyed with pasta, grains, or as a dip for crackers and vegetables. It's great alternative to tomato-based sauces.
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a small portion of pasta with blended sauce in a white bowl on the left and pasta with chunky sauce on the right with a toddler's hands grabbing the bowl
5 from 99 votes

Iron-rich baby pasta

A baby pasta recipe that is loaded with iron and vegetables!
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overhead shot of poached cod with creamy orzo in a deep skillet garnished with green onion
4.98 from 47 votes

Poached cod with creamy orzo

Poached cod with creamy orzo is an easy, 30 minute one pot recipe! It’s a delicious fish and pasta dish for babies, kids, and adults.
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a bowl of Korean radish soup placed on a wooden board
5 from 12 votes

Korean radish soup

A healthy and easy to digest soup for your baby! This Korean radish soup is especially great to serve during times of illness, teething and constipation.
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Cooked pasta in a large dutch oven with fresh parsley and a large orange spatula
5 from 98 votes

Homemade Hamburger Helper

This homemade hamburger helper is the perfect meal that the whole family can enjoy. Made with ground beef, veggies, and pantry staples, it is oh so hearty, comforting, and guaranteed to be on your table in 30 minutes or less!
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Overhead shot of scooped lasagna.
5 from 20 votes

Skillet Cabbage Lasagna

This easy cabbage lasagna serves as delicious and unique alternative to traditional noodle-based lasagna, and the best part is that it can be prepared entirely in a skillet.
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cooked chicken, carrots, potatoes with green onion inside an instant pot