Healthy baby led weaning recipes for your LO
Try out these Baby Led Weaning recipes, mummies – your little ones will love you more for it!
To those who seem intrigued as to what Baby Led Weaning (BLW) truly means, it simply refers to allowing your baby to feed themselves hand held food instead of an adult feeding them pureed food via spoon. Fruits and vegetables are cut into chunks, which are given to the baby.
BLW is an alternative to encourage a healthier eating habit which will result in less obese children because babies are taught at a young age to regulate their own food intake. Babies also demonstrated a preference for healthy foods such as vegetables and carbohydrates.
Here are some simple recipes from Baby Led Weaning and Wholesome Baby Food which you can try at home.
Broccoli and Cheese Muffins
200g broccoli (1 small – med head)
1 1/2 cups plain yoghurt (360 ml)
1/4 cup oil (olive or corn or your choice)
1 large egg
2 cups self-raising flour (225g)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup skimmed milk if required. (50 ml)
Step 1) Preheat oven to 200 C. Put rack just below middle of oven.
Step 2) Cook broccoli (boiled or steamed until tender).
Step 3) Mix yoghurt, oil & egg well together. Add broccoli and roughly crumble in blue cheese. Put mixture in food processor and pulse in short bursts until no large pieces of broccoli left. Try not to puree the broccoli but just chop it finely.
Step 4) Put flour & salt in a big bowl and mix together with a fork. Pour in the liquid mixture and begin to fold together. If you think the mixture looks too dry add the extra milk and fold JUST enough to combine. (The key is not to over-mix it – it should look pretty lumpy and unappetizing!)
Step 5) Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray. Using two spoons divide the mixture evenly between the pans.
Step 6) Bake for 12/15 minutes or until golden-brown and centres spring back when pressed. Let the muffins cool in the pans for 2-3 minutes before tipping out.
A ‘dip’ recipe that spreads thickly, so, it can be coated on vegetables, spread on toasts, or anything you can think of.
1 tin of pinto beans
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tomato [skinned and seeded]
1 minced garlic clove
bit of ground cumin
handful [or less] parsley
seasoning is optional
Whizz all up in a blender or food processor
Apple Turkey Loaf/Sticks
1 lb ground turkey
1 whole egg or 2 egg yolks, beaten
1/2 cup pureed carrots
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup unprocessed natural wheat or oat bran
1/4 cup bread crumbs
pinch of basil
pinch of garlic powder
Step 1) Place ground turkey in a large mixing bowl.
Step 2) Add the egg/yolk, carrots, applesauce, spices, bread crumbs and bran.
Step 3) Mix well – If this mixture appears too dry, add more carrots or applesauce. If this mixture appears too wet, add more bran and/or bread crumbs
Step 4) Place mix into a lightly oiled (olive oil) loaf pan and bake at 350F for approx. 45 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean. **You may wish to cover with foil to prevent the top from burning
Step 5) When finished baking and cooled, remove loaf from pan and slice as you would for bread. Break into small bits for finger feeding or mash or chop gently
This recipe may also be made into “Turkey Sticks” for Toddlers and older babies who are able to handle more textured/chunky finger foods.
Home Made Chicken/Turkey Nuggets
5 uncooked, thin turkey breast cutlets (you could use a pound of boneless and skinless chicken breasts)
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup wheat germ (raw)
1 egg (you may omit the egg if you wish, refer to the directions below)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
spice mix: sage, thyme, pepper
Step 1) Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Step 2: Dice or cut the turkey into small chunks and grind in a food processor.
Step 3) Mix the spices together using equal portions; I always measure my spices in shakes and I used 1 shake of each.
Step 4) Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until nicely combined – If you have decided to not use the egg, add 1 tablespoon of water.
Step 5) Shape mixture into nuggets or logs or anything you please, be sure your hands are moist (dip them into a bowl of water) so that the nuggets will stay together!
Step 6) Pop them into the oven on a baking sheet and keep checking every 5 minutes.
Tofu Finger Cubes
1 Package Firm Tofu
Crushed/Powdered Cereal, Crackers, Granola or Wheat Germ
Herbs and/or spices if desired
Step 1) Slice tofu into small cubes that are manageable for your baby.
Step 2) Crush up some Cheerios or graham crackers (or similar crunchy cereals/crackers). Add the optional spices at this point.
Step 3) Toss tofu in a Ziploc bag with your crushed cereal/crackers.
Step 4) Close bag and toss to thoroughly coat tofu cubes.
Serve these tofu finger cubes as finger food for a snack, or as the protein source at a meal.