Once you’re in to the swing of weaning, you’ll start to experiment.
I’ve had a few books from Annabel Karmel and Ella’s Kitchen (see previous post here), which really helped and gave me the confidence to experiment further.
My son is a little piglet and loves eating, so I’m trying to make more home cooked food for him.
You will need to have a decent blender, I invested in the Nuby Garden Fresh, which I use most days. You might also need to get some bigger spoons and bowls, and Boo got the BabyBjorn cutlery set for Christmas, which has been great to introduce him to self-feeding, albeit a slooowwww and painful process (not great when you have no patience!)
Here’s one of my favourite recipes that doesn’t take long, is packed with healthy ingredients, can be frozen and always goes down a treat.
Warming winter rice for baby
*Butternut Squash (half)
*Sweet Potato (half)
Vegetable stock – no added salt
Long grain rice (or you can use baby pasta)
Handful of peas and sweetcorn (I use the frozen stuff)
A dollop of Crème Fraiche (optional)
*Most supermarkets have pre-cut packs of vegetables, Ocado have a Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato chunks (£1.30!) which saves time.
- Boil a pint of water and mix in the vegetable stock
- Cut the vegetable into chunks
- Place the butternut squash, sweet potato and carrot in the pan and boil for 15-20mins or until the veg turns mushy
- Cook rice with peas and sweetcorn in boiling water for 15 mins
- Once the veg is cooked, blend the veg with the crème fraiche and a few spoonfuls of the stock using your blender – keep adding more water until you reach the perfect consistency, this should be like a good soup as it will form the sauce
- Drain rice and mix in the sauce. The peas and sweetcorn will give it extra lumps for chewing, perfect for nine months plus.
- The sauce can be used with pasta, potato and a number of other dishes and can be frozen too.
There you go – in less than half an hour, a lovely fresh and healthy dish. YUM!
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