4 Nutritious Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot Stage 3 Baby Food recipes that you can make in 3 minutes and your baby will love!

4 homemade baby food meals on a white napkin

To complete my series on the 3 stages of baby food, I’m coming to you today with 4 recipes that your 9-12 month old will love. Stage 1 baby food is mainly purees, stage 2 baby food is still eaten with a spoon, but a slightly chunkier texture, and stage 3 baby food starts getting into the soft finger foods!

These Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot Stage 3 Baby Food recipes are so fun to make in your instant pot or other brand of electric pressure cooker because they’re completely customizable to what you have on hand, and what foods you’re ready to introduce to baby. For this recipe, I chose some basic vegetables and proteins for you to start with.

4 homemade baby food meals on a white napkin

All of the recipes have 3 items with 2 tablespoons of each vegetable or protein, and then 1 tablespoon of water gets added to the dish as well. That liquid could be changed to chicken or veggie broth if you’re wanting to add some more flavor! Also, feel free to experiment with spices if you think your baby is up for it.

4 homemade baby food meals on a white napkin

I gave our little guy both purees and finger foods when he started to get curious. He didn’t seem to prefer one over the other at the time, but as he got a little older, he definitely pushed the spoon and purees away in favor of the finger foods. Even now, I have trouble getting him to actually use his spoon or fork instead of just going to town on his dinner with fingers only. Oh well – mealtime should be fun as well as nutritious, so if he wants to play with his food a little bit, I’m all for it!

4 homemade baby food meals on a white napkin

Like I said before, you’ll add liquid to the ramekins, but you’ll also put a cup of liquid in the bottom of the pressure cooker. This is good for a few reasons.

#1. It will literally make or break your pressure cooker. If you have an Instant Pot and don’t add liquid to the pot, it either will not come to pressure at all, or it will but then shut off due to a “BURN” warning. Not good.

#2. It will help cook the food. Veggies are crunchy, rice and pasta are crunchy. Crunchy food needs liquid/steam to cook. The water in the pot will do the job!

4 homemade baby food meals on a white napkin

If you’re anything like me, you love helping your little one try new foods. Eating and sleeping were the two things we worked on the hardest with our 1st little guy, and thankfully it’s paid off. Now, we have a 20 month old who eats pretty much anything, and sleeps like a champ 90% of the time!

To the mama who’s working on introducing new foods and baby just isn’t having it, don’t give up yet!! The average baby has to try a new food 10-20 times before deciding if they like it. It’s going to get easier, I promise.

In the meantime, just keep giving them little samples, don’t force them to eat, and hopefully they’ll come around before you know it.

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4 homemade baby food meals on a white napkin

PRESSURE COOKER/INSTANT POT STAGE 3 BABY FOOD


  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 meals 1x

Description

4 Nutritious Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot Stage 3 Baby Food recipes that you can make in 3 minutes and your baby will love!


Ingredients

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Recipe 1

  • 2 tablespoons peeled and chopped sweet potatoes (1/4 inch cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons chopped raw chicken

Recipe 2

  • 2 tablespoons frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons chopped broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons small pasta (I use miniature shells)

Recipe 3

  • 2 tablespoons chopped uncooked salmon
  • 2 tablespoons white rice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped zucchini (cut into 1/4 inch pieces)

Recipe 4

  • 2 tablespoons chopped tofu
  • 2 tablespoons peeled and chopped carrots (in 1/4 inch cubes)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh or frozen green beans, cut into 1/2 inch lengths

Instructions

  1. Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of your pressure cooker, then place trivet inside.
  2. Add the contents of each recipe to a small ramekin, or other heat proof dish, and add 1 tablespoon of water to each recipe.
  3. Place ramekins on top of trivet.
  4. Lock lid, and set to high pressure for 3 minutes.
  5. When time is up, let pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, then release all remaining pressure.
  6. Let cool before serving to baby.