3 easy weaning recipes

Annabel Karmel shares 3 easy weaning recipes for your little one.

Tasty Salmon Pureé

It’s important to encourage a liking for fish early on. This salmon purée baby food recipe is quick and easy to prepare and combining it with root vegetables is a good way to introduce fish to your baby. Oily fish like salmon, trout, tuna and sardines are especially good as they contain omega-3 essential fatty acids which are very important for visual and brain development. Tinned tuna doesn’t contain omega 3s, only fresh tuna.

Suitable from seven months
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Suitable for freezing
Makes 3 portions

Ingredients

  • 200g carrots, sliced
  • 125g salmon fillet, skinned
  • 60ml orange juice
  • 40g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • a knob of butter
  • 2 Tbsp milk

Method

  1. Put the carrots into a saucepan, cover with water, bring to the boil and cook over a medium heat for about 20 minutes until tender. Alternatively, place the vegetables in a steamer and cook for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place the salmon in a suitable dish, pour over the orange juice and scatter over the cheese. Cover, leaving an air vent and microwave on high for about two minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork . Alternatively, cover with foil and cook in a pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes.
  3. Flake the fish with a fork, carefully removing any bones. Drain the carrots, mix with the butter and milk and purée in a blender together with the flaked fish and its sauce. For older babies, mash the carrots together with the butter and the milk and then mix the flaked fish with the mashed carrots.

Easy One Pot Chicken

Chicken is an ideal first meat for babies. It blends well with root vegetables like carrot and sweet potato. One Pot Chicken will make a good first chicken purée. You can leave out the peas and add a small chopped apple with the carrot and sweet potato. Chicken blends well with fruits and babies like the naturally sweet flavour that fruit. Frozen vegetables are frozen within hours of being picked, thus locking in all the nutrients so it’s fine to use ingredients like frozen peas when making your baby’s purée. For older babies, finely chop rather than purée this and mix it with some cooked rice.

Prep time: 8 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Suitable for freezing
Makes 4 wraps

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 50g onion, chopped
  • 100g chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced (approx 60g)
  • 300g sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 200ml unsalted chicken stock
  • 60g frozen peas

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion for 3 to 4 minutes until softened.
  2. Add the chicken breast and sauté for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the carrot and sweet potato, pour over the stock, bring to the boil and simmer, covered for about 15 minutes.
  4. Add the peas and continue to cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Purée in a blender with enough of the cooking liquid to make the desired consistency.

Banana and Tofu Purée

Although tofu has almost no taste of its own, it combines well with either fruit or vegetables to make a creamy purée. There are two types of tofu – soft or firm tofu – you should used soft tofu in baby food recipes.

Suitable from six months

Ingredients

  • 1 small banana
  • 50g soft Tofu

Method

  1. Peel and mash the banana and mix together with the tofu into a purée.
  2. You could also mix tofu with other fruits like puréed mango, dried apricot or peaches on their own or mixed with banana.

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