5 Double-Duty Recipes To Feed Both You & Baby
Five vegan, gluten and soy-free recipes you and your baby will love.
- Sally Voyles
- Written By
- Zach Voyles
As a man who was raised on Bugles, butter, and beef jerky, adopting a vegan lifestyle was at first, confusing. But discovering a love of cooking, and the simplicity of good fresh ingredients allowed me to think about mealtime in a whole new way. I know firsthand that relationships with food can be complicated, but feeding someone (including yourself) can be an act of love, and as my first child came along, I wanted to make sure that my son's relationship with food began in a way that would nourish both him and me.
As a caretaker and stay-at-home dad, I couldn’t wait until our son hit that 6-month mark — “Move over boob!” I thought, “Now is my time!”. I started with lofty dreams: homemade puffs and wild mushroom pate. But the day-to-day operations of taking care of an infant can be trying enough, and after seeing my elaborate creations falling splat on the floor, I decided to start his food journey the same way I started mine, with simplicity. The thing is, cooking may seem like a lot of work, but a home cooked meal doesn't have to be complicated in order to be good. As it turns out, what's good for baby is good for you too.
Avocado Pea Smash
- 2 Avocados
- 2 Cups Frozen Peas
- The Juice of 1 Lemon
- A Handful of Italian Parsley or Mint Leaves (minced)
Instructions: Bring a small pot of water to a boil, add peas. Let sit for 1 minute, then drain and rinse with cool water. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, using a large fork smash them together into a loose paste.
For Baby: For young babies, puree the smash until smooth.
For You: Schmear onto sourdough toast. Top with salt, pepper, scallions, and fresh tomatoes.
Blueberry Beet Puree
- 4 Small Roasted Beets
- 1 Cup Blueberries
- 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
- A handful of Spinach
Instructions: Wash beets, and wrap in aluminum foil. Roast them at 400 degrees for an hour or until soft. Combine chia seeds with water and let them sit for 5 minutes to absorb the liquid.
For Baby: Combine ingredients and blend.
For You: Turn it into a smoothie by combining the ingredients into a blender with frozen banana, oat milk, and a dash of cinnamon. Top with fresh blueberries and toasted coconut.
Lentil Carrot Soup
- 4 Medium Carrots (sliced into thin rounds)
- 2 Yellow Onions (diced)
- 16 oz Dried Red Lentils (washed, rinsed)
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 tsp Turmeric
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1 pinch of Cinnamon
Instructions: Heat a large soup pot over medium heat, add olive oil to coat the bottom. Saute onion for 10 minutes until starting to brown. Add carrots, saute for another 5 minutes. Add spices, cook for another 30 seconds stirring constantly. Add lentils, saute for 1 minute. Add 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low and simmer until lentils are fall-apart soft (20-30 minutes).
For Baby: Puree and serve.
For You: Add the juice of lemons for extra zest and salt to taste.
Roasted Sweet Potato & Cherry Tomatos
- Sweet Potatoes
- Cherry Tomatoes
Instructions: Coat sweet potatoes in olive oil with a pinch of salt, roast uncovered on a baking sheet at 300 degrees for 2 hours (a slow roast will make them buttery soft but you can speed things up at 400 degrees for 1 hour). Toss the cherry tomatoes in olive oil and roast for 20 minutes (you'll see they're ready when they begin to burst and blacken).
For Baby: Remove the potatoes from their skins, combine in blender with half of the cherry tomatoes and a spoonful of tahini. Blend until smooth.
For You: Split the potato and top with remaining cherry tomatoes, fresh greens, and a drizzle of tahini dressing (tahini, garlic, lemon, water, salt).
Gluten-Free Banana Oat Pancakes
- 1 Cup Oat Flour
- 3/4 Cup Oat Milk
- 1 Flax "egg" (1 tbsp ground flax seed, 3 tbsp oat milk)
- 1 Ripe Banana
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
Instructions: Combine oat milk and lemon juice in a small bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. In a separate larger bowl, mash banana with a fork until smooth. Add flax "egg", oat milk, and dry ingredients. Heat a lightly greased skillet over medium heat, make pancakes.
For Baby: For older babies, making bite sized pancakes are great for helping them develop their pincer grip. (Placing the batter into a condiment squeeze bottle makes for easy application)
For You: Top with your favorites.