These are really good to offer your baby while you are eating them too. So if baby only wants a taste, or is not too fond of them, you can still eat it and nothing is wasted.
Bananas – Bananas are great to offer your baby! They are fun to grab and smush up with little hands. You can either let your baby feed himself oe smush it up and spoon feed him.
Avocado – Full of goodness, vitamins, healthy fats, fibre… you name it! This amazing fruit can be used in all meals: breakfast, lunch, snack, smoothies, dinner and even dessert! We sure love Avocado in our house. Either smush it up with a fork to mix with other ingredients or simply chop up small to feed to your little one. Note: It does need to be soft. Once you open the avocado it needs to be used up ASAP, as it does tend to go brown very quickly. You could use half for yourself and half for your baby, or only use half and put the rest in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep until the following day but still start to brown a bit. Think of it a bit like a banana… So eat it up cos it’s good for you and yummy!
Avocado and Banana with Natural or Greek yogurt – Our babies sure loved this fantastical combo. And let me tell you, we are quite partial to it too! It makes a very good breakfast, dessert or snack for your little one. Use half an avocado, 1/4 banana, smush them up and mix with 2 teaspoons of yogurt.
Potato or Sweet potato – This is always a winner, cos who doesn’t love a good spud? You can bake it or boil it (as long as it comes out nice and soft), then mash it up with a little bit of unsalted butter. As your little monster much gets older you can add a bit of whole milk and a sprinkle of cheese too. Yum yum!
To add to potato or sweet potato – Good vegetables to mix with the spuds are; carrots, spinach or kale (though you don’t want to use too much of this as it is a bitter flavour for your baby’s taste buds), zucchini.
Carrot sticks – You can buy them ready made or make your own. Wash and peel the carrot and chop in to batons which will be easy for your baby to hold. My baby likes them a bit soft, so I steam them until just soft (about 6-8 minutes). They are a great snack for self weaning! My baby also loves them dipped in hummus.
Broccoli florets – Same as the carrot sticks; these are great for self weaning. But you will need to soften them. So just wash, chop in to easy to hold portions and steam/boil until just soft (about 8-10 minutes).
Bread sticks/grissini – Again, a great snack for self weaning. And they are great to dip in hummus or a cheesy dip (when your baby is a bit older).
MORE ADVENTUROUS RECIPES – These are not very detailed recipes, as they are more to give you guidelines and experiment with portions, as only you will know how much your baby will want to eat.
Salmon, broccoli, philadelphia pasta — This is great for babies and toddlers.
Use small pasta shapes to begin with (i.e. macaroni), to let baby get used to the texture and flavour. Once she gets better at chewing, you can use easy to hold pasta shapes for little hands (i.e. penne, fusilli).
- Salmon fillets
- Frozen broccoli florets
- Preferred pasta shapes
Cook the salmon in your preferred method, using salmon fillets. I prefer to cook in the oven using the “al cartoccio” technique (see Techniques section), with a little unsalted butter, as this keeps the salmon nice and moist. You can then break the salmon up in chunks once cooked, to put in the freezer.
Cook a couple of handfuls of pasta. Whilst the pasta is cooking, also cook a couple of broccoli florets (steaming is best, but you can also boil them). When broccoli are nice and soft you can smush them up with a fork. It’s up to you how mushy or chunky you want to keep them, depending on your baby’s ability to eat.
Mix the broccoli in a bowl with 2 teaspoons of philadelphia. Then break up a couple of chunks of salmon in to the mix (again, up to you how much salmon you want to use as it depends on your baby).
Finally, once the pasta is cooked, drain and add to the broccoli, philadelphia and salmon mix. Serve to your baby still warm. Either spoon feed or let your baby enjoy putting his little hands in there and feeding himself.
You could also use avocado instead of broccoli. Just smush up the avocado with the philadelphia and salmon. Or you could go crazy and use broccoli AND avocado!
Stay tuned for more weaning recipes….