17 of the best vegetarian baby recipes

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Whether you're raising your little one as a veggie, or just fancy a change from meat, here's our pick of the best meat-free meals for tots

best vegetarian recipes

Introducing your baby to a vegetarian diet is similar to weaning on any other diet; planning, variety and balance are key.

Aim to incorporate a range of different food groups by including carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats (e.g avocado and olive oil).

The whole family should be aiming for at least 5 servings of fruit or veggies every day so these vegetarians meal options are a great way to pack in some tasty veggies!

Here are 17 of the best vegetarian baby recipes…

1. Butternut squash and carroty mash with thyme

Chose from butternut squash, swede or pumpkin for this veggie packed recipe flavoured with thyme. Suitable from first weaning.

2. Sweetcorn and sweet potato pasta

Full of vitamins and nutrients, this delicious pasta dish is a great way to introduce the flavours of sweet potato, sweet corn and cauliflower. Suitable from 6 months.

3. Cheesy broccoli and cauliflower puree

Perfect for newly weaned babies and full of veggie goodness. Makes 6 portions, so you could set aside some of it to serve, un-pureed, as a side dish for older kids and grown-ups – it’s great with a roast dinner. Suitable from 7 months.

4. Risotto with butternut squash

A delicious dish for the whole family, this easy one-pot risotto is ideal for getting your baby accustomed to more textured meals. Suitable from 8+ months.

5. Vegetarian lentil cottage pie

Comfort food meets lentil protein in this warming cottage pie that works great as a winter meal option. Suitable from 8 months.

6. Roasted vegetable kebabs

With a tasty sweet and sour marinade, these kebabs are great for a finger food tea, as an accompaniment to a meat dish, or even cooked on the barbecue. Try using different veggies to ring the changes. Suitable from 9 months.

7. Mini jacket potatoes with ratatouille

Ratatouille makes a tasty topping for jacket spuds, and will help your tot on the way to his five-a-day. Top with lots of melty grated cheese for extra yum factor. Suitable from 9 months.

8. Macaroni cheese with broccoli and cauliflower

Added veggies make this classic macoroni cheese extra tasty. Serve either as a main meal or as a side dish with your vegetarian roast. Suitable from 9 months.

9. Baby dhal with pitta

Lentils are a great staple food for your baby, being rich in both protein (needed for growth) and carbs (for energy). This curried lentil dish is mild and smooth enough for newly weaned babies; serve with strips of toasted pitta to encourage self-feeding. Suitable for babies from 10 months.

10. Rigatoni with five-veg sauce

As fast and healthy foods go, pasta is hard to beat. This tasty sauce, crammed with five different varieties of veg, will help a fussy eater to fill up on greens (and reds, and yellows…). Suitable from 10 months.

11. Tortilla (Spanish omelette)

A quick, easy and nutritious family meal that’s surprisingly versatile: serve it hot with steamed veg, cold with a salad and mayo for dipping, or even cut into baby-sized chunks for perfect picnic finger food. Suitable from 10 months.

12. Wholesome bean casserole

Packed with protein, this dish will keep your little one full of energy and help him grow. A yummy winter warmer, it can be pureed for weaning babies, or add a little chilli for a spicy twist for grown-ups. Suitable from 10 months.

13. Oat cakes with creamy vegetable dip

As your baby starts taking more solids and drops milk feeds, you’ll need to replace bottle or breast with healthy snacks. This creamy dip with butternut squash and pepper will keep him going between meals; try serving with pitta fingers, breadsticks or vegetable crudites for variety. Suitable from 11 months.

14. Vegetarian nuggets

Broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, carrots and sweetcorn as packed into these yummy vegetarian nuggets. Suitable from 11 months.

15. Vegetable lasagne with green lentils

A meat-free version of a perennial family favourite. Adding lentils makes it more filling and nutritious – perfect if you’re worried that your veggie baby is missing out on protein. Suitable from 11 months.

16. Vegetarian sausages

Leeks or salad onions add flavour to these sausages. Serve with mashed potato or chips for a filling meal. Suitable from 11 months.

17. Broccoli, pepper and cheese pasta bake

Oven baked pasta dish full of flavour and colour from the broccoli and peppers. Top with cheese for the perfect finish. Suitable from 11 months.