Slow-Cooker Baby Food

A slow cooker is a busy parent’s best friend. These tasty baby food recipes, all of which freeze beautifully, are so simple they almost cook themselves! With just a few minutes of prep in the morning, healthy meals can be ready for baby in time for lunch or dinner.

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Slow-Cooked Cinnamon Apples

A hint of cinnamon and vanilla turns basic applesauce into something special. Keep it chunky for older babies and toddlers or puree until very smooth for little ones just starting on solids. (Pssst! Try warm cinnamon apples and crushed graham crackers over vanilla ice cream for a last-minute dessert. Tastes like apple pie!)

Prep: 20 mins Slow Cook: 4 hrsGet the Recipe Baby's Beef Stew

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Baby’s Beef Stew

Here’s a perfect way to introduce iron-rich beef to your baby. This simple recipe comes together in a snap, thanks in part to an old-school convenience item from the frozen foods aisle.

Prep: 5 mins Slow Cook: 7 hrs to 8 hrsGet the Recipe Carrots and Apricots

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Carrots and Apricots

Naturally sweet and packed with nutrients, this bright orange puree is a treat for babies. A little bit of nutmeg adds pizzazz, but other sweet spices (try cinnamon, ginger or even mild curry powder) work well, too.

Prep: 5 mins Slow Cook: 4 hrsGet the Recipe

Quick Tip: Baby Food Storage

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Spiced Chicken and Quinoa

This stew is hearty comfort food for the whole family. Remove a small portion and puree for baby, then serve the rest to your hungry crew for a warming fall or winter meal.

Prep: 10 mins Slow Cook: 7 hrs to 8 hrsGet the Recipe Butternut Squash with Nutmeg

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Butternut Squash with Nutmeg

Butternut squash is easy to find in most markets, but any hard, winter squash like acorn, delicata, kabocha, or pumpkin works here, so mix it up from time to time. When choosing squash, look for one that’s heavy for its size. It will have retained most of its moisture post-harvest and will be tastier as a result.

Prep: 10 mins Slow Cook: 6 hrs to 8 hrsGet the Recipe Slow-Cooker Vegetable Medley

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Slow-Cooker Vegetable Medley

This is an especially great recipe to try when summer produce is at its peak, but frozen vegetables are a smart stand-in for farm-fresh any time of year–no thawing necessary! Just throw frozen beans and squash into the slow cooker and proceed with the recipe below.

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