50 vegetable recipes for babies

Carrots, butternut squash, spinach or potatoes - here are some veggie-tastic recipes for your baby

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When you first start weaning your baby, vegetable purees are likely to account for most of his early meals. And as he grows, meat-free and vegetable-based recipes can still play an important role in his diet, whether or not you’re bringing him up as a vegetarian. Vegetables are vital for your baby’s nutrition, crammed with vitamins and minerals that are needed for growth, health and development. And the sooner you introduce them, and the broader the variety you offer, the less likely he is to become fussy about eating his greens later on. 

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As well as being nutritious, vegetables are readily available, versatile, easy to cook and good value, meaning that even meat-loving families may want to have the occasional veggie meal. There are lots of great ways to get your baby to eat his five-a-day, from tasty purees through to filling main meals and finger food snacks. We’ve also included a few brilliant cheats for sneaking vegetables into even the most reluctant toddler. Happy eating!

Recipes for first weaning

Sweet potato puree

Carrot puree

Sweet potato and lentil puree

Carrot, parsnip and potato puree

Courgette and cauliflower puree

Butternut squash and banana puree

Courgette, pea and kale puree

Sweet potato and basil puree

Sweet potato and pear puree

Avocado and mint puree

Broccoli and sweet potato puree

Cheesy vegetable medley

Butternut squash and carroty mash with thyme

Carrot and cauliflower cheese with rice

Pear and swede puree

Parsnip and pea puree

Spinach and roasted carrot puree

Haricot beans and beetroot

Butternut squash and apricot puree

Butternut squash puree

Recipes for your 7-9 month old

Steamed vegetables with cucumber dip

Pasta, carrot and lentil soup

Mini jacket potatoes with ratatouille

Roasted veggie kebabs

Cheesy pasta with broccoli

Macaroni cheese with broccoli and cauliflower

Country vegetable casserole

Cheesy sweetcorn fritters

Oven roasted veggie sticks

Cheesy broccoli and cauliflower

Aubergine and red pepper curry

Sweetcorn and sweet potato pasta sauce

Mediterranean roast vegetables with cous cous

Baked sweet potato chunks

Recipes for your 9-12 month old

Baby dahl with pitta

Vegetarian sausages

Vegetarian lasagne with green lentils

Rigatoni with five-veg sauce

Spinach and parmesan spaghetti

Butternut squash and tomato cheesy rice

Wholesome bean casserole

Vegetable dip with oatcakes

Mini cheese and tomato quiches

Humous and breadsticks

Carrot and courgette muffins

Tortilla (Spanish omelette)

Superhero soup

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Secret veggie pasta sauce

Spinach and cheese omelette

Cheesy pasta with tomato

Potato, Carrot and Courgette Rosti

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Cheesy sweetcorn fritters

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