Annabel Karmel’s recipes – baby purees, toddler and family meals

Nutritious, tasty and easy-to-make recipes from Annabel Karmel including first foods, toddler meals, family dinners, party food and scrumptious cakes. Bibs at the ready...


Annabel Karmel’s career as the UK’s leading weaning cookery writer began in 1991 with her first book, The Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner, which incredibly has become the second best-selling non-fiction hardback of all time. She’s famous for her fruity purees, hidden vegetables pasta sauce and little fishy pies, which have been wolfed down by thousands of babies over the past few years.

Determined to improve the nutritional value of children’s meals, Annabel’s trademark recipes are designed to please babies, toddlers and families, are full of tasty fresh ingredients, and best of all, are simple to make. We’ve picked some of our favourite Annabel recipes, from classic purees, delicious mini meals for demanding toddlers and healthy family dinners. Get cooking…

Annabel Karmel’s Baby Purees

1 Apple, Blueberry and Banana Puree

Apple, blueberry and banana puree

Full of vitamin C and with all those anti-oxidants that blueberries offer, this simple three-fruit puree is a baby favourite.

2. Peach, Apple and Pear puree

Peach, apple and pear puree

Smooth and peachy, this puree can also be made with apricots.

3. Lovely lentils puree


Great savoury puree with nutritious red lentils and sweet potato.

4. Salmon surprise puree


A mild fishy dish with a dash of cheese and a splash of orange juice. Yum.

5. Blueberry, banana and pear puree


Pears are a big hit with babies – while the bananas will bulk up the puree.

6. Baby biscotti – perfect for teething


Makes 20 tasty teething aids – perfect for toothy babies looking to chew on something.

Annabel Karmel’s tasty toddler meals

7.  Crispy fish fingers


How cute are these? Watch how quickly they’ll be demolished.

8. Hidden Vegetable Cottage Pie

So tasty, veggie-haters won’t spot the red peppers, carrots and mushrooms – yes mushrooms.

9. Fish Pie


A grown-up fish pie that’s designed for younger palates.

10. Carrot and sweetcorn fritters


Lovely snackable veggie bites, packed with a slight chlli punch.

11. Chicken and Butternut Squash with Rice


12. Mini salmon footballs


A fantastic way of serving up fish for children who like finger-style food.

Annabel Karmel’s family meal ideas

13. Prawn Stir Fry with Sweet and Sour Sauce


Simple but tasty treat – great with chopsticks.

14. Teriyaki Chicken Burgers 


A spiced up fresh version of the burger bun.

15. Steak with Tarragon and Mushroom Sauce


Steak with gorgeous creamy mushroom sauce.

16. Chicken Satay Skewers


Succulent chicken with a peanut dipping sauce.

17. Pork and Beef Meatballs with Tagine Sauce


Meatballs with a Middle Eastern flavour.

18. Vegetarian Nasi Goreng


Indonesian infused stir-fry of fresh vegetables.