Baby Led Weaning Recipes

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These recipes rule now that Kyle Junior has adapted to chewing, check out my Baby Led Weaning post for the starter foods we used to get him here 🙂

BABY MEATBALLS
1 cup lean ground beef
1/2 cup mashed potatoes

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
2. Combine the ingredients and blend well.
3. Roll into 1 inch balls.
4. Place on a baking tray and cook for around 20 mins.
5. Drain the fat, then cool.

APPLE SAUCE MUFFINS
1/4 cup softened butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg (if your baby is under 1 year, you can use a small banana)
3/8 cup applesauce
1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 390 F.
2. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until light.
3. Beat in the egg until fluffy.
4. Beat in the applesauce.
5. Stir the dry ingredients together and add them to the bowl, blending just enough to moisten the dry ingredients.
6. Spoon into greased muffin tins and bake for around 15 mins, until golden.

BABY BANANA TOAST
This banana toast is very soft and mushy, ideal for gumming!

1 small, ripe banana
1/4 cup breast milk, formula or whole milk
pinch cinnamon
whole wheat bread, cut into squares

1. Blend the banana, milk and cinnamon in a food processor.
2. Dip the bread squares into the mixture, ensuring they are thoroughly coated on both sides.
3. Heat a little unsalted butter or oil in a small saucepan and fry the squares for a couple of minutes on each side, until golden.

SPICED SWEET POTATO CUBES
1 sweet potato
ground cinnamon
ground nutmeg

1. Peel the sweet potato and cut into cubes.
2. Steam until tender, or simmer in a little water until cooked.
3. Sprinkle with spices and cool to a safe serving temperature.

SWEET POTATO RAVIOLI
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup semolina flour
1/3 cup very warm water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cooked

1. Combine the flours, then gradually incorporate the oil and water, mixing thoroughly using a food processor set at the lowest speed.
2. This should produce a ball of dough. If the mixture is too dry, add more water – only a little at a time – until the ball of dough forms.
3. Knead well, then divide into two pieces.
4. Roll each piece out as thinly as you can.
5. Mash the sweet potato.
6. Place heaped teaspoons of the sweet potato at intervals along the first pasta sheet.
7. Put the other pasta sheet over the top and press down with the fingertips around the sweet potato ‘mounds’.
8. With a sharp knife, cut around each ‘mound’, then create decorative edges with your fingertips or by pressing all the way around with the prongs of a fork.
9. Place the ravioli shapes, a few at a time, into a pan of boiling water. They are cooked when they rise to the surface.
10. Remove the ravioli with a slotted spoon, cool to a safe temperature and serve with tomato sauce, applesauce… or just as they are!

BRAINY BABY BITES
A simple treat packed with important nutrients for the development of baby’s brain.
1/2 ripe avocado
1 heaped tablespoon canned tuna, salmon or sardines, mashed
the yolk from 1 hard boiled egg
1 slice whole wheat bread

1. Mash the avocado, canned fish and egg yolk together.
2. Spread over half the bread, fold over and cut into squares.

STUFFED APPLE SURPRISE
Gala apples work best in this recipe – they tend to hold their shape once cooked, whereas other apples may become so mushy they’ll be hard for baby to pick up. You can peel the apple or leave the skin on – the little ones can spit out the skin if the don’t want it – but if you’re concerned that your baby will have difficulty with it, then just remove it!
1 apple, cut in half lengthwise
1 small sweet potato, cooked and mashed
pinch cinnamon
1/2 tsp unsalted butter, melted

1. With a sharp knife, remove the core from the apple halves and scoop out some of the flesh so that you create a hollow.
2. Chop the apple flesh and mix with the cooked sweet potato, cinnamon and butter.
3. Spoon the mixture into the apple hollows, then place the apple halves in a small baking dish.
4. Bake at 350 F for around 30 mins, until the apple is tender.
5. Cool and serve (you can cut into smaller pieces if necessary).

CHEESE AND BROCOLLI MUFFINS
6 cooked broccoli florets, chopped
6 grape/cherry tomatoes, chopped
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
2 cups self rising flour (or – to reduce salt levels – use all purpose/plain flour plus 3 level tsp baking powder)
3/4 cup milk – use whole milk, or breastmilk/formula if you prefer
3 tbsp olive oil
1 egg, beaten

1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 deg F.
2. In a bowl, mix together the flour, cheese and chopped broccoli.
3. Add the chopped tomatoes, milk, oil and egg and blend thoroughly.
4. Grease a 12 hole muffin tin and spoon in the batter.
5. Bake for 25 to 35 mins until golden.
** these muffins will be fairly dense.

CARROT AND BEAN CAKES
1/2 cup cooked, mashed carrot
1 cup cannellini beans (or other white beans), mashed well
1 garlic clove, crushed
4 tbsp flour
olive or coconut oil

1. Mix the carrot puree with the mashed beans, garlic and flour.
2. Form the mixture into little patties with your hands – if the mixture is too moist, add a little more flour.
3. Heat a little olive oil/coconut oil in a frying pan/skillet.
4. Fry the patties for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden.

LESS MESS SNACK IDEAS
These are great for stroller and car rides!
* Whole fruit like apples, pears, bananas
* Baby carrots, snap peas and cucumber slices
* Frozen grapes
* Applesauce-on-the-go pouches; they’re less messy than tubes or cups.
* Hummus bowls: With bite-sized crackers or carrots
* Whole grain waffle for your kids to eat like a cookie
* Cubes of cheese or string cheese
* Granola or breakfast bars

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