17 beef, pork and lamb recipes for babies

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Baby-friendly meat dishes you can offer as a healthy, protein-rich alternative to chicken

best pork lamb and beef recipes for weaning babies

Once you’re beyond the first days 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 and lamb. 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, perhaps, 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 and sausages to under-1s, as their kidneys can only cope with a tiny amount of salt.

Here’s our pick of the best beef, pork and lamb recipes, suitable for babies from 6 months to 11 months

1. Fruity pork and vegetables

A 10-minute, veg-packed pork-mince dish – with apricots for a subtle, sweet flavour. Suitable from 6 months.

2. Pork and apple stew

Courgette and sweet potato, with apple and pork mince and a little dash of cinnamon. Suitable from 7 months.

3. Pork and green beans

Pork mince, with potato, carrot, green beans and a pinch of dried sage. Suitable from 7 months.

4. Lamb rice casserole

A super-quick baby-friendly lamb casserole with rice, peppers and tomatoes, that makes enough for the whole family. Suitable from 8 months.

5. Spaghetti beef bolognese

The classic family favourite, with minced beef, carrots and tomatoes – and cut-a-bit-shorter spaghetti. Makes enough for 6 servings. Suitable from 9 months.

6. Lancashire hotpot

A traditional dish of stewing lamb and veg, with sliced potatoes on top. Suitable from 9 months.

7. Tender beef stew with dumplings

A hearty feed-the-whole-family beef dish, flavoured with herbs and topped with potato dumplings. Suitable from 9 months.

8. Pork and paprika

A slightly spicy dish made with lean pork, veg and baked beans. Suitable from 9 months.

9 Pork, orange and apricot stew

A lovely tangy, fruity pork stew that goes deliciously with couscous. Suitable from 9 months.

10. Baby beef and broccoli stir-fry

There are 5 different veggies in this quick and easy stir-fry. Suitable from 9 months.

11. Tasty beef tagine with sweet potato

This lean-beef dish is packed with veg and flavour and some delicate cumin spice. Suitable from 9 months.

12. Mild lamb curry recipe for baby

A tasty curry with dried fruits, a touch of spice and coconut milk. Makes enough to 6 to 8. Suitable from 9 months.

13. Fruity lamb couscous

Mango and lemon give a deliciously exotic flavour to lamb mince. Suitable from 10 months.

14. Shepherd’s pie

A simple, baby-friendly version of the traditional family favourite. Suitable from 10 months.

15. Minty lamb stew

A lovely, fresh-tasting stew of lamb, potato, peas and carrots with a sprinkling of chopped mint. Suitable from 10 months.

16. Slow cooked beef stew

The slow cooking time makes the beef, flavoured with parsley and thyme, really nice and tender. Suitable from 11 months.

17. Minced lamb bake

A tasty twist on lasagne, using slices of tomato instead of pasta sheets. Suitable from 11 months.