July 16, 2020

Easy weaning recipes and meal ideas for your baby and beyond

Amelia Mae and son Arlo

By Amelia Mae Cunningham

Blogger and Freelance Writer, talking honestly about motherhood and family life. After finding out she was pregnant in her final year of uni Amelia set up her own blog where she shares her experiences – we’re thrilled she’s chosen to work with MAM Baby UK

Happy National Weaning Week!

We took a baby led weaning approach with Arlo mostly. While we did start him on a lot of purees and mashed food, we found out very quickly that he loved being independent, picking up food and exploring! In celebration of National Weaning Week 2020 (4-10th May) here I have compiled a list of Arlo’s favourite meals, for you to try at home, weaning and beyond! He is now nearly 3 and these simple recipes are ones that he still enjoys today!

Don’t forget to follow the hashtag for the rest of the week on your socials to see what’s happening in the world of weaning! #WeaningWeek2020

3 Ingredient Sweet Potato Fritters

3 ingredient fritters are a great and easy snack for lunch! They are great for on the go or at home and are super easy to make. We have used cheese and courgette, but here is the sweet potato recipe (just replace the sweet potato with cheese and courgette and swap the cumin for a sprinkle of paprika!)

sweet potato fritters
Sweet Potato Fritters

What you will need:

  • 1 x medium sized sweet potato
  • 2 x eggs
  • 2 x sprinkle of Cumin (gives them a brilliant smokey flavour)

All you have to do is:

  1. Grate the whole sweet potato into a bowl
  2. Using the same bowl, add your 2 eggs and sprinkle some cumin
  3. Mix all the ingredients together
  4. Heat up a little olive oil in a pan
  5. Spoon out 1x tablespoon of the mixture onto the hot pan, and flatten to your desired thickness (thin fritters are better to start with)
  6. Spoon out the rest of the mixture to make 4 fritters on the pan (depending how large your pan is)
  7. Leave your fritters to cook for 2 minutes on one side then flip and cook for a further 2 minutes on the other side
  8. Once your fritters are cooked, take them out of the pan and leave to cool on the side.

Easy coconut fish curry  

I got inspiration for this curry from the Annabel Karmel Baby Weaning book and it was a hit!

What you will need:

  • 1 x skinless and boneless white fish fillet, either cod or haddock
  • 400 ml of coconut milk 
  • 1 tbs curry powder 

All you have to do is:

  1. Poach the fish in the milk over a medium to low heat for about 12 minutes or until cooked through.
  2. Lift out the fish with a spatula. Flake the fish into bite sized pieces making sure there are no bones.
  3. Meanwhile cook the rice and steam or boil the broccoli and courgette. Chop the florets and get rid of the stalks of the broccoli.
  4. Add the the coconut milk, rice, broccoli and courgette to the fish. Add in your curry powder. Stir over a low heat until all mixed in and warmed through.

Fish Fingers & Tilda Rice

Tilda Rice is a god send. The easily microwavable packets of rice take just under a minute to do in and are packed with genuine goodness. With 1 of their five, Tilda Kids come in several different flavours but Arlo’s favourite is the Sunshine Vegetable or the Cheese & Tomato one.

Rice goes with pretty much anything so if you’re stuck with what to put it with, go for some trusted fish fingers.

All you have to do is:

  1. Cook the fish fingers in the grill or oven.
  2. Once they are done, heat the rice in the microwave.
  3. Heat some chopped tomatoes (enough to cover the rice and fish fingers).
  4. Add the fish, rice and chopped tomatoes all together (and add any extra veggies you might want) and it’s good to go! Chop, mash or blend for desired texture!

For a veggie option you could try Quorn nuggets!

We’ve recently jumped on board the Quorn craze and their nuggets are now a firm favourite with Arlo (and me). Sometimes instead of fish fingers I’ll do a few Quorn nuggets with it instead- same thing with the chopped tomatoes.


Tomato & vegetable pasta 

Pasta is one of my go-to’s for a simple but tasty lunch or dinner for Arlo. It’s super quick and it’s always going to go down well!

tomato and vegetable pasta
Tomato & Vegetable Pasta

What you will need:

  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 clove of garlic 
  • Handful of spinach leaves 
  • 1/2 courgette diced 
  • Half a tin/carton of chopped tomato
  • Table spoon of tomato puree 

(Any other veg you might want!)

All you have to do is:

  1. Boil the pasta in a sauce pan.
  2. In another pan heat olive oil and add the onion, garlic, tomato pure and courgette and cook for 5 minutes until it has all softened.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and bring to the boil. Add in your spinach. Cover and then gently simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Once the pasta has boiled, drain and add to the tomato and veg sauce. Mix it together and serve. If your little one likes cheese sprinkle some on top! You could always blend the tomato sauce if your little one isn’t a fan of eating soft veg whole!

Flatbread pizzas 

Sometimes it can get a bit ‘samey’ with cheese sandwiches for lunch so this is another yummy alternative which we still do today. It goes down well with both mama and Arlo!

I have made him flatbread pizzas using tomato paste and mozzarella but of course you can add other toppings to yours.

All you have to do is:

  1. Spread the tomato paste on each flat bread, we usually get the mini ones and Arlo has two.
  2. Add the cheese and any other toppings you may want and bake in the oven for about 5 minutes until the cheeses starts bubbling!
  3. He’ll usually have this with some fruit and a pack of veggie straws, and some yogurt, yum!

Mini roast dinner

Every week we buy a whole chicken as it is just so much more practical and goes such a long way! We will have a roast dinner out of it and we’ll use the chicken left for a curry or chicken sandwiches throughout the week. The best part of a whole chicken is there is always lots for Arlo to have a couple of dinners out of it too.

I always do him a little mini roast when we have it and again a day or two later if there is still some left.

All you will need is:

Chicken, potatoes and all the veg – you could try Kalo (low salt) for optional gravy.

Chop, mash or blend for desired texture!


Arlo-eating-his-fish-fingers-and-rice
Arlo eating his fish fingers and rice

Enjoy!


Looking for more weaning recipes, or tips for weaning, why not try this Blog Post by Kayley from ‘Friendly First Foods’ : Top Tips For Weaning

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