Anyone who has a new baby will understand how anxious a time what and when to feed their little one can be. Weaning week is 4th-9th of May and there is lots of information out there to help make sure your baby’s transition to solid food is a smooth one. The NHS website provides tip and recipes to help you navigate what is best for baby. https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/weaning/
Here are a couple of recipes that can be used for the whole family that you may like to try.
This tasty chicken hotpot dinner with leeks and cream cheese is a great family all-rounder – perfect for your baby too. You can also freeze any leftovers.
Age: 7-9 mths
Serves: 4 portions
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 20-25 mins
Suitable for vegetarians? N
• ½ medium leek
• ½ medium carrot, peeled
• 1 small potato, peeled
• 1 tbsp green beans
• 1 small chicken breast fillet
• ½ tbsp vegetable oil
• 150ml water
• 1 small spear broccoli
• 1 tbsp full fat cream cheese
1. Chop the leeks, carrots and potatoes. Trim and chop the beans.
2. Dice the chicken.
3. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the chicken and fry for 2-3 minutes.
4. Now add the leeks, carrots, potatoes, green beans and water, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until the chicken and vegetables are cooked. If you'd like extra sauce, add a little more water during cooking.
5. Meanwhile, bring a small pan of water to the boil, add the broccoli and cook for 3-4 minutes until soft (or microwave if you prefer).
6. Turn the hotpot off the heat and stir in the cream cheese.
7. Blend or mash the cooked hot pot until it is smooth with soft lumps. Serve ¼ of the hotpot with the cooked broccoli as a finger food.
Mashed Beany Wrap
An interesting sandwich alternative, five bean salad blended with cheese and served wrapped in a tortilla. This recipe is great as a healthier snack for older children in the family to enjoy too. For over 5s simply swap to reduced fat hard cheese.
Age: 12 mths +
Serves: 1 portion
Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: N/A
Suitable for vegetarians? Y
• 50g (3.3 tbsp) canned five bean salad, no added sugar and salt, drained
• 15g full fat hard cheese, grated
• 1 small (or ½ a large) tortilla wrap (30g)
• 1 tbsp lettuce (5g)
• 1 wedge red pepper, washed and sliced into sticks
• Finger length stick celery, washed and sliced into thinner sticks
1. Mash the mixed beans with a fork
2. Grate the cheese and roughly chop the lettuce.
3. Divide the beans between the wraps and top with some cheese.
4. Roll up and slice as needed.
5. Slice the red pepper and celery into finger sticks, and serve alongside the bean wrap.