Avocado and Tuna Spread

This is the third of three sandwich fillers promised to the Baby Led Weaning Recipes’ Facebook fans. Easy and quick is the order of the day and there’s not much easier than this.

Both avocado and tuna are excellent, nutritious foods for your baby (and you). This spread can be frozen very effectively and you can even pre-prepare and freeze whole sandwiches for additional convenience.

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of tuna in springwater (thought to be best for keeping the healthy oils in the fish)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional, stops the avocado browning)
  • 1 or two tablespoons of chopped fresh herbs (optional, try chives, dill, parsley or coriander)

Method

Mash the tuna and avocado together. Mix in the fresh herbs. Bob’s your uncle!

Fruity Cheese Spread

Here’s the second of three sandwich fillings, as voted for on our Facebook page. This one’s quick and easy and a favourite staple in this house.

Ingredients

Quantities are flexible depending on your babies’ tastes. If they like delicate flavours use mainly cream cheese, if they like fruit then make sure there’s plenty added, if – like mine – they like blow-your-head-off flavours then use plenty of strong cheddar and consider swapping out the fruit for spring onions!

  • Cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Fruit (see method)

Method

Simply grate some cheese into a bowl (we like strong cheddar here; there were no gateway cheeses in this house, we went straight onto the hard stuff). Add a big dollop of cream cheese, and some fruit – grated or chopped up small. Try apples or pears (these are best grated), satsumas, pineapple, or grapes. Mix well and use as a toast topper or sandwich spread.

 

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?