The day that Chloe started eating solid foods, I was over the moon. I really love the baby food puree stage, but I find it so much more gratifying making Chloe foods that she can enjoy alongside the rest of the family. I believe that when a baby sees that the food on the plate in front of her is the same as the food mommy and daddy are eating, it serves as a powerful connection to the group for them.

Beans are an amazing first solid food for babies to try because they’re soft, easy to chew, packed with protein and full of flavor. They’re also great for baby’s developing dexterity as he/she learns to pick up the beans and feed him/herself.

In our house we eat black beans like they’re going out of style. Inexpensive, healthy and easy to store in the fridge, we keep a container of cooked beans on hand at all time to add to recipes like Chicken and Rice Burritos, Black Bean Cakes, Nachos or just to eat on their own or with some brown rice. Whether your family has a bunch of wee ones, big kids or all of the above, black beans are always a good idea.


Black Beans

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 10 days 1 minute


  • 16 Oz (2 cups) dried black beans
  • 2 Tsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 Clove garlic
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 4 Cups water
  • 1 Tsp kosher salt, optional



    Sodium: 610mg | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 15g | Calories: 360kcal | Fat: 3g | Protein: 21g | Carbohydrates: 63g
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    About the Author

    Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


    1. Canned black beans are already cooked, so if you wanted to use this recipe to just doctor them up, you could follow steps 2, 3, 4, and 5, using 1/2 a cup of vegetable or chicken stock for added flavor.

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