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05/02/2010 at 14:54
We need your help mums for a new slot in Practical Parenting magazine. We're after your tastiest puree recipes. Tell us what combination of fruits or veggies you've used to tempt your weaning little one's tastebuds and we'll put the best ones in the magazine. Who knows...today Practical Parenting, tomorrow you could have your own cooking show a la Delia or Nigella.
06/02/2010 at 01:30
Weaning is my favourite part of babyhood!
yellow pepper, baby sweetcorn and sugar snap peas, was a huge favourite and it looks and smells lovely used this to vary tastes as all purees were becoming to similar!
chicken sweet potatoe and apple was a way of sneaking fruit into lola
sweet potatoe and pear, same as above!
red pepper, sweetcorn, peas and onion- like a veggie chowder, jack loved it at the lumps stage.
06/02/2010 at 14:32
when charlie was weaning he loved
carrot and sweet potato puree
banana and mango
brocoli and potato
carrot and butternut squash mash
06/02/2010 at 22:52
I am weaning my daughter Mina at the moment and she loves:
chicken + parsnip + cow's milk + cheese
apple + pear
sweetcorn + sweet potatoe + carrot + swede
turkey + carrot + sweetcorn + cow's milk + cheese
mashed potatoe + sweet potatoe + carrot + butternut squash
We have only been weaning for 4 weeks but she loves vegetables the most - fingers crossed this is a good start for the rest of her life!
Best thing about weaning = I am starting to believe that I can cook! (I was just not the cook type until now!)
Worst thing about weaning = worrying about choking.
Great idea about having puree receipes. Looking forward to seeing them in the magazine!
(By the way will you be doing suggestions for baby led weaning too?)
I'm off make Laura's sweet potatoe and pear puree now! Sounds great!
06/02/2010 at 23:11
Tricia i was the same, didnt cook much until jack was weaned and now i love cooking because i love seeing them enjoy it!
Andrews adamant it was butternut squash and pear we did, im now not sure, Rang mum she thinks we did both! lol! Lolas only now a fruit eater, and its only apple, banana, grapes, or anything dried!
06/02/2010 at 23:20
08/02/2010 at 08:18
08/02/2010 at 17:02
split red lentils, celery, onion, carrot and sweet potatoe
cheese sauce, brocoli and cauliflower
greek yogurt banana and avacado, make and eat imeadiatly
greek yogurt and papaya
chicken and apricot
08/02/2010 at 21:40
We have also tried:
* cheese sauce + broccoli + turkey + swede
* minced beef + tomatoes + butternut squash
* red & yellow peppers + cheese sauce + carrots
08/02/2010 at 22:36
I always keep a stock of fruit purees in the freezer to go on Merlin's cereal.I used to buy Frutapura,which are good,but lazy.I cook and freeze each fruit separately so I can mix them about.Blueberries are a big hit,at the moment especially with pears.
Pumpkin with cinnamon went down very nicely.
"Ratatouille" was one of Matilda's favourites.Fry your onion,garlic,courgettes,add a tin of tomatoes and worcester sauce depending on baby's age how tasty you make it.Mixed herbs.
Beans and ham is nice,with sweetcorn and peas sometimes for a bit of veg in there.
Minced beef tastes suprisingly yummy with chopped beetroot.
Chicken and peach casserole is nice.
Lamb casserole with carrots and rosemary.
Moussaka was a huge hit
I have a favourite quickie for when I'm running late,I have no emergency jars and baby wants food now.
Just 1 small spud,about the size of baby's fist.1 tomato.2 or 3 slices of cucumber,small amount of lettuce.Cheese,not too strong.Just nuke the spud,it'll take a maximum of 90 seconds,turn it,nuke again for 90 seconds.While that's doing you chop your tomato,cucumber,lettuce,and grate your cheese.Then you whizz the lot.Sounds vile,but mine have all liked it.
Another quickie is a variation on the old bread and milk babies were fed years ago,just adding fruit and mashing with the bread and warm milk/formula.Again doesn't sound too nice but it's an alternative to fruit and baby cereal.
I did once do Milkybar chocolate buttons in baby cereal.Massive hit,but it's not something I make a habit of.
I have a handblender,and mostly I whizz family meals for Merlin,but he's quite happy to eat semi lumpy stuff now so I'm starting to mash and chop.One thing I have found is that the earlier you get a little bit of texture into the food the easier it is to move on past that to bigger lumps and chopped food.
We started Matilda on purees when she was a baby but by nine months she was eating anything she could find so I started giving her pieces of food,and was amazed by what went in and stayed in,and providing you're careful and you're right with them they don't choke.Merlin shows no interest though,he sees the food,he won't take it,he just sits with his mouth open for me to put it in.He'll try with chocolate buttons,but even then mostly misses.
09/02/2010 at 11:25
09/02/2010 at 23:30
i have a salmon and orange one, but will have to check my notebook when i get home,
i used to make jack cod, cheese sauce, brocoli, pea and carrot
lamb and aubergine bolognese was popular too, lamb mince, onion, stock, and aubergine with some baby spagetti or pasta
13/02/2010 at 21:41
Only tried minced beef and tomato at the moment - got to be careful of fish as there are allergies with fish on my side of the family. Will be adding a variey of vegetables to the minced beef - like carrot, peas, swede, cauliflower.
A friend I have has given their little one lamb hotpot though and she liked it.
I am looking forward to getting ideas from the new slot in the magazine.
My daughter tried red & yellow peppers with extra cheese and carrots today - I tried it too and it didn't taste bad!!! (Although I think it tasted even better with sweet potato and no carrots which is how I made it yesterday.)
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