Baby Led Weaning
Recipes for Vegans

Doesn't Everyone Want to Raise Kids Who Eat Vegetables?

Vegan Baby Led Weaning ebook cover

Have you come searching for baby led weaning recipes? I made an ebook to share my favorites, but first I want to tell you a little about my story in finding this style of eating.

I hear so many moms talking about the struggles they have with getting their kids to eat healthy foods. Sometimes they have only a few select types of fruit they'll eat or they won't touch vegetables or they just want to eat nuggets and pizza.

So many parents end up making different meals for their kids just to get them to put some food in their stomachs, often hiding vegetables in their entrees or desserts.

Most of those parents are people who appreciate a wide range of foods and just want their kids to be healthy without fighting to get them to eat. 

I want to help. I feel like I chanced upon this amazing thing when I found baby led weaning, and I spent a lot of time learning how to adapt the concept to a vegan diet. 

The Struggle to Feed Kids is Real

Are you finding yourself in this super common nightly battle at the end of a long day... You spend time making a healthy meal and then no one wants to eat it. You find yourself negotiating eating just a little bit of one thing so your kid can get to the thing she really wants to eat, and hearing yourself say it is like listening to fingernails on a chalkboard. It's not what you want to say, but you're tired and you just want the kid to eat something healthy.

How did you get to this place?

A lot of health-conscious moms I know started out steaming and then pureeing everything for their new eaters, and the whole process took forever. They would freeze the leftovers in ice cube trays and then when the next meal time came, defrost a cube and sit with the baby to spoon feed him dinner.

Other moms opted for organic baby food in jars and bypassed the pureeing. With both, when it came time to transition to real foods, they'd move to tiny chunks of food to whole food and just hope they'd take to eating different kinds of food. They also wonder if it's the right amount of food-- how can you really tell when it's you in charge of the spoon and not the person eating it?

This is what we're all taught is the right way to feed babies, but what if there's another way?

Greek salad arranged by a 3-year oldGreek Salad arranged by my 3-year old.

I Wanted My Child to Eat Differently, and to Value Good Food

I didn't want to argue with my children to get them to eat healthy food and I didn't want to hide vegetables in their food just to get them to eat greens. I didn't want to spoon-feed them and mix flavors together to get them to try peas. I didn't want an older child who refused to eat dinner so I'd have to make a peanut butter sandwich so they wouldn't starve.

Overall, I wanted my kids to respect healthy food, choose it when given multiple options, and to eat without emotional attachment to their meals.

Discovering Baby Led Weaning

I found my perfect solution in baby led weaning.

When I first heard about the concept of feeding a 6-month-old a whole piece of fruit I was freaked out but... intrigued. Wouldn't the baby choke? How could they eat something when they barely had teeth yet? But, on the other hand, a baby who learns to eat real food early would probably be more accustomed to different flavors and textures and could help me avoid the dreaded dinner dance.

I have long believed in the concept of real food and how it nourishes us deeply; not just physically, but also psychologically, connecting us to the Earth and the beings around us. I think there's nothing better we can do than to eat a plant-based diet, and I wanted to instill that same thought process into my children.

So I researched more about baby led feeding (a better term than weaning I think) and then when it came time to feed her food, I dove in.

When I started this process with my first kid, it was in 2013. Since then I've had two more kids. And, they all eat just about everything I put in front of them.

Vegan meal for baby: quinoa, chickpea salad, and garden saladChickpea salad, quinoa, and garden salad for a toddler

As toddlers, they helped me cook or played nearby while I cooked and when I put our meals in front of them, they'd dive in and say, "mmmm!" They are in full control; they eat as much as they want and stop eating when they're done. Even on desserts and snacks-- if they feel full halfway through they stop right there.

Of course, they have individual preferences and there are certain foods they don't like every single way I prepare them, but I still make them and offer dispassionately, "do you just want to try it?"

I read once that a person has to be exposed to a new food 7 times before they develop a taste for it. Every so often one of them will suddenly like something that they consistently told me they didn't like before, "I like mushrooms tonight!" So, I never take them at their word for it if they don't enjoy asparagus the first time they taste it.

It's not a struggle or a battle or a dance, and that's how I always imagined our food life. It's peaceful and calm and simply... eating. I'm hopefully not attaching emotional responses to our food and I'm hopefully teaching my kids that when we eat real food from the Earth and cook it ourselves, we nourish ourselves and keep the world healthy.

I see my feeding job as this: I provide a wide variety of healthy, plant foods like whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds and they eat as much or as little as they wants of them. I choose the food, where we eat and when we eat it and the kids choose how much they eat.

tempeh, Tabbouleh, and potato saladTempeh, tabbouleh, greens, and potato salad for a 9-month old baby

Why Did I Write This Book?

When I was starting out I didn't find anyone offering baby led weaning recipes for vegans. I ended up just making my regular recipes and adapting them to suit her needs. That worked for us.

All of my recipes are adult recipes that fed my children as babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and now. These are the same recipes I serve guests. These aren't recipes for disguising vegetables in other forms; these are real recipes that we eat often.

I very badly want the whole world to eat this way. In my utopian world, no one eats animal products anymore. Not only does that save millions of animal lives annually, but it saves humans from developing degenerative diseases that could have been prevented with a different lifestyle. If it happened tomorrow we could even have a chance of restoring our natural environment and reversing climate change.

Though I may never see that in my lifetime, if this book can help even a few people to feed their children in a sustainable way that they carry with them through their lives, we've made a difference.

It worked for us.

My kids love a wide variety of healthy, plant-based foods. They eats things people are shocked to see like kale, asparagus, quinoa, amaranth, lentils, salads, olives, and love them just as much as they love the occasional dessert we have.

Now we have 50 kid-tested vegan recipes that are healthy, quick, and simple, and perfect for baby led feeding.

Ebook cover for Vegan Baby Led Weaning

Baby Led Weaning Recipes for Vegans



Who Is this eBook For?

  • New parents who want to start their baby on real food
  • Parents who pureed before and now want an easier, healthier option
  • New vegans who need healthy baby led weaning recipes 
  • Parents who already feed their kids in this style and want baby led weaning recipes for vegans

Who Probably Wouldn't Love This eBook?

  • Anyone looking for baby led weaning recipes made with hidden vegetables. I just don't specialize in that- I put them right out in the open and we talk about what makes them beautiful.
  • Parents looking for baby led weaning recipes made into cute shapes and designs. I love looking at those on IG but again, I'm not good at that style of cooking.
  • Anyone who wants "kid-friendly" baby led weaning recipes that are designed to avoid certain vegetables or spices. All of these vegan recipes are kid-friendly!

Baby Led Weaning for Vegans ebook cover

Check out my $20 instant downloadable guide to baby led weaning for vegan families; first written when my first child was two years old and edited after I'd spent 9 years successfully feeding my three vegan babies. It starts with a guide to how to feed your babies healthy real food from the start, has examples on how to cut food safely at each age, and includes 50+ vegan recipes that are beloved by people of all ages. Never more do you have to make different meals for the different members of your family!

Vegan meal for baby: Crispy tofu, fresh peas, mashed potatoes, and beetsCrispy tofu, fresh peas, mashed potatoes, and beets.

What if I Already Have a Picky Eater?

It's for you too!

I designed the book for really new eaters so their parents could avoid eating issues completely. But an unexpected thing happened during recipe testing... moms of picky eaters said their kids loved the vegan baby led weaning recipes!

Even if you already dealt with all these eating issues, these would be good options for feeding your family. Check out a few things the recipe testers told me:

"I so wish I read this when my children were babies. It was very informative. I'm ecstatic!  I made the broccoli cheddar soup and BOTH my girls loved it which is a very rare thing in this household. Broccoli cheddar soup was my favorite soup before I was vegan and I've never even attempted to make it vegan. It tastes just like I remember!"

-Olivia K.

"In retrospect I wish we would have let her eat more like this (even though it's a big mess) because she rejects so much food now that she's two (26 months). Maybe things would be a little different. We've tried the Fettuccine Alfredo. I like the simplicity of the recipe and she liked it. It was very quick to make and the longest part was waiting for the pasta to cook. We tried the sweet potato recipe as a snack and she liked it too."

-Gabriela C.

"My boys are 5 and 2 and we've been vegan for almost 7 months! They really loved the Fettuccine Alfredo. I think you should target all parents of all ages! My 5 year old loves most of the recipes!"

-Sarah B.

Take a Peak Inside
Baby Led Weaning Recipes for Vegans

Sample of Vegan Baby Led Weaning ebook page: Mediterranean Vegetable Soup
  • Introduction: The story about how I found baby led feeding, how it works, my concerns and how I overcame them
  • First Foods: A few examples of how to cut fruits and veggies to the right shape for 6-month olds. 6-month olds can eat pretty much any food you can make, so this is just a basic cutting section.
  • Breakfast: Pumpkin Oat Pancakes, Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes, Tofu Scramble with Roasted Potatoes and Shiitake Bacon, Apple Pie Oatmeal, Blueberry Banana Overnight Oats, Carrot Cake Muffins, PB&J Smoothies
  • Salads: Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Greek Salad with Tofu Feta, Raw Kale Salad with Garlic Tahini Dressing, Chickpea Salad, Potato Salad, Eggy Tofu Salad, Red Wine Vinaigrette, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Lemon Dill Dressing
  • Soups: Classic Gumbo, Potato Leek Soup, Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Mediterranean Vegetable, Black Bean Soup, Lentil Vegetable, Curried Butternut Squash, Split Pea, Minestrone Soup
  • Vegetables: Roasted Cauliflower Steaks, Garlic Sauteed Broccoli, Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges, Classic Baked Potatoes, Baked Zucchini with Parmesan, Garlic Green Beans, Sauteed Spring Snap Peas
  • Whole Grains and Pastas: Black Rice and Beet Salad, Crunchy Persian Rice with Chickpeas, Beans Grains and Greens, Spaghetti with Tempeh Balls, Broccoli Mac-n-Cheese, Fettuccine Alfredo with Shiitake Bacon, Chickpeas and Noodles, Pasta la Caprese, Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce
  • Beans and Patties: Rainbow Tacos with Refried Beans, Chickpea Patties, Tempeh Balls, Zucchini Cakes, Shake-n-Bake Tofu, Black Bean Burgers, Basic Hummus
  • Snacks: Ladybug Apples, Chia Seed Pudding, Ambrosia Salad, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait, Homemade Granola, Lemon Mint Fruit Salad

Get a Copy of Baby Led Weaning Recipes for Vegans Today

Download a copy of Baby Led Weaning Recipes for Vegans today for only $20, about the cost of one entree at your favorite vegan restaurant.

You can use paypal, any credit card, or a debit card to download the ebook as a pdf that would be perfect for reading on your computer. Just click on the photo of the book or the Add to Cart Button Below.

*Note:* This is only available as a downloadable file, not as a hardback book. No paper copy will be shipped.

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No-Questions Asked Guarantee

If you're not happy with my baby led weaning recipes for any reason whatsoever, just contact me and I'll send you a refund. No questions asked! I want you to feel safe buying it (and I hope you love it!)

What Other Moms Think of This eBook

"The introduction to this book is worth the purchase! I am a mother of 3 and am often asked questions about when to introduce foods to children.  The introduction is a comprehensive guide for children ages 0-2.  From when to introduce different foods, to what types of foods are good first foods its sure to help both first time parents and parents who so easily forget when to introduce what.  

The recipes are easy to understand & fun to make.  One of my favorites is the overnight oats they turned out delicious & was a real crowd pleaser.  The Fettuccine Alfredo recipe was a favorite as well.  From breakfast to dinner and snacks in between this a great addition to any bookshelf. Would recommend to other parents!"

-Ashley A.

Vegan meal for baby: tofu scramble with greens and tomato risottoA lazy dinner of tofu scramble with greens and tomato risotto. Check out those wrists!

I hope you enjoy the 2nd edition of my baby led weaning recipes cookbook! The first was published in 2016 and talked about my experience just with one child. Now I have three and each has successfully started solids with baby led weaning. The 2nd edition has an updated introduction, brand new photos, and a new layout that's more user friendly. I hope you love it!

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