Baby-friendly meat dishes offering a healthy alternative to chicken
Once you're beyond the first weeks of weaning, meat becomes an important element of your baby's diet. Most mums start by introducing chicken, as its mild flavour tends to be appealing to newly weaned babies, but from there, you can move on to other meats, such as pork, beef, lamb and turkey. All types of meat are a good source of protein, needed for your baby's growth and development, but red meat is also high in iron, which your baby needs for energy.
The texture of meat can be challenging for young babies, especially those without teeth, so you'll want to choose tender cuts, cook it until it's soft, and, most likely, puree it to a consistency that is easy to eat. And while it's great to introduce your baby to a variety of meat dishes, avoid giving salty meats such as bacon, ham and sausages to under-ones, as their kidneys aren't yet able to process salt.
Fruity pork and vegetables
Pork and apple
Pork and green beans
Slow cooked beef stew
Pork and paprika
Lamb rice casserole
Baked egg with cheese, tomato and ham
Fruity turkey with cous cous
Pork, orange and apricot stew
Minty lamb stew
Baby beef and broccoli stir-fry
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