Bean and Carrot Pâté

This unlikely combination is a highly versatile freezer staple. Freeze it into cubes and microwave whenever you need a regular purée, toast topper, sandwich filling, or sauce base.

Beans are incredibly nutritious and you would do well to increase their consumption across the whole family. Mum included!

Mix in some chopped spring onions to liven this up for serving to grown-ups or babies over one that appreciate strong flavours. More info on serving onions to babies (new window/tab).

Try it topped with cress and other salad bits to make a ‘garden’ for older children.

Ingredients

200g carrots (3 or 4 med carrots), steamed until tender
Tin of unsalted beans, drained and rinsed (haricot or butter beans are good for this)
Tbl olive oil (or any cold pressed oil)
1/4 tsp white pepper

Method

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

No Cooking Required

These are the things that we like to eat that take no preparation other than chopping to the right size (or opening a packet):

  • Apricots (halved and stone removed)
  • Avocado (sliced, or cubed once ‘pincer grip’ is perfected)
  • Bread sticks (look for low salt content)
  • Blueberries (halved)
  • Banana
  • Cheese (cubed)
  • Dried prunes (chopped into treat-size chunks, these are very sweet)
  • Fresh figs (tough skin removed)
  • Grapes (halved or quartered)
  • Kiwi Fruit (peeled and cut into manageable chunks)
  • Mini Shredded Wheat (soak in a little milk first)
  • Oranges (just the juicy bits, sliced out of the skins: supremes)
  • Peaches (halved and stone removed)
  • Pear (cut into fingers, must be very ripe!)
  • Plum (halved and stone removed)
  • Pre-made, shop-bought baby snacks (broken into bite sized pieces)
  • Raspberries (pulled into smaller pieces with fingers)
  • Satsumas (peeled and chopped in half so the juice can be sucked from the skin)
  • Strawberries (quartered or halved)
  • Tomatoes (quarters or sixths, these are generally sucked then spat out but seem to be enjoyed anyway)

Some things get chomped on successfully without any trouble at all (peach halves for example) whilst others won’t get eaten unless they’re already in manageable sized pieces (baby rice cakes). Every baby is different so experiment with how you offer food types.

Add your personal favourites in the comments. What quick and easy foods does your baby like to eat?

Quick and Easy Breakfast Omelette

This one is only for babies that are definitely not allergic to eggs. If there are no allergies in your family you should be fine giving your baby well cooked egg. If there are allergies in your family there are precautions you should take.

The British Allergy Foundation provides excellent guidelines for weaning babies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 organic, free range egg, beaten
  • 1 medium or 2 small mushrooms, finely diced
  • Generous knob of unsalted butter

Method

Using a low heat, melt the butter in a small frying pan and add the mushrooms. Fry gently until softened (3-5 minutes).

Add the egg and give a quick stir to evenly distribute the mushroom. Once the omelette has set, turn it over to colour the top side. Make sure that the egg is well cooked, without colouring it too much (which is why a low heat is crucial).

Cool the omelette and cut it into small strips to serve it to your baby.

Why choose baby led weaning?

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Having read up on weaning in the months before my daughter reached the magic six months milestone, we decided that ‘baby led weaning’ (blw) was going to work better for us than going down the traditional puréeing route.

Research has also supported baby led weaning as a healthier choice. The video below, from Nottingham University, explains more:

[The full research paper: Baby knows best? The impact of weaning style on food preferences and body mass index in early childhood in a case–controlled sample.]

Regardless of whether the conclusions of the research are right, baby led weaning is lots of fun for both you and your baby.

We’re three months into our eating expedition now and have found a fair few staple recipes, cheats and short-cuts to make life much easier. We’re looking forward to sharing some of these with you on this blog.