5 Baby Food Recipes With International Flavor

Expand your baby's palate with these easy, colorful recipes from the cookbook Around the World in 80 Purees. 

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Mango Oatmeal

Mango Oatmeal

Infant oatmeal flakes are a great invention for exhausted new parents. They’re a quick and easy way to add more substance to simple fruit purees. But it’s not too time-consuming to make homemade oatmeal instead. This version uses mango, the much-revered national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines.

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Avocado With Cilantro and Lime

Avocado With Cilantro and Lime

In Mexico, babies eat their avocados sprinkled with chili and lime. The creamy, smooth flesh of this fruit is a versatile base for many Mexican, Caribbean, and South American seasonings. Try one with a pinch of ground coriander or even a pinch of chili powder. This version is a bright, citrusy homage to Mexican flavors that your little one will love.

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Purple Potato Mash

Purple Potato Mash

The vibrant purple color of these potatoes is exciting to children and grown-ups alike. These little tubers originated in South America, where they are regularly served alongside rich stews as a side dish.

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Cantaloupe With Cardamom

Cantaloupe With Cardamom

This comforting classic is one my mother used to make. Cool and refreshing, it was a nice contrast to all the spicy dishes on our summer dinner table. My favorite part was—and still is—the spice-infused juice that collects at the bottom of the bowl. Don’t forget to scrub the outside of the cantaloupe before you cut into it.

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Baked Cod With Papaya and Banana

Baked Cod With Papaya and Banana

As I’ve learned from mothers around the world, fish is one of the most common foods fed to babies and toddlers. There are Asian fish curries, Spanish fish stews, and countless meals in between. This Brazilian-style fish recipe is sweetened with papaya and banana, and it works well with pineapple, too. It takes almost no time to bake, is easy to puree, and, best of all, is easy to clean up. Double the recipe and add a bit more pepper if you would like to serve this to grownups as well.

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Excerpted from Around the World in 80 Purees: Easy Recipes for Global Baby Food by Leena Saini. Reprinted with permission from Quirk Books. Photography by Christine Han.

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