Ideas for baby meals

Published by Sarah Horrocks
Published on 19 January 2009

The more your baby grows, the more chance you have of trying out new flavours on them. Bearing in mind that during the first few months baby should eat only one new food at a time. This tests the child's tolerance and is better for their young tastebuds. Here are some ideas for baby meals.

Are you stuck for ideas for baby meals? Here's some inspiration and practical guidance on meeting your baby's needs and diversifying his or her diet.


6 to 9 months

Courgette and lemon purée

Preparation: 10mins
Cooking time: 15 mins

150g courgettes

20g cottage cheese

1 tablespoonful lemon juice

Pinch of salt

Chop the ends off the courgettes and wash them thoroughly without peeling them. Cook for 15 mins in a steamer, blend in a food processor whilst adding the salt and lemon juice and whisk in the cottage cheese. Serve on a baby plate.

Artichoke and chicken purée

Preparation: 15mins
Cooking time: 13 mins


150g artichoke hearts

1 lemon

15g chicken breast

500ml milk

5g butter

Cook the artichokes in very hot unsalted water with 1 tablespoonful of the lemon juice. Cook for 10 mins then add the chicken. Leave to cook for 3 more minutes. Place the chicken, artichoke and milk in a mixer until you obtain a smooth mixture. Heat and add the butter before serving.

9 to 11 months

Fishcakes with cauliflower

Preparation: 15 mins
Cooking time: 13 mins


2 small tins of cauliflower

80g cod

1 slice of bread

1 tablespoonful oil

2 tarragon leaves

lemon juice

salt

semi-skimmed milk

Wash and blend the cooked fish. Place it in a bowl and add the sliced bread, pre-soaked in the milk beforehand, the chopped tarragon and the lemon juice. Blend to get a smooth mixture, add a pinch of salt and make into balls. In a pan, brown the cakes for 4 mins. Serve with the heated cauliflower.

Carrot flan

Preparation: 10 mins Cooking time: 20 + 20 mins


150g carrots

15g onion

1 egg yolk

A knob of butter

Peel and wash the carrots and chop them into round slices. Chop the onion. Cook the vegetables for 20 mins in a steamer. Leave to cool and blend in a food processor. Stir in the egg yolk and the butter. Place in a ramekin and cook in a medium heat oven (thermostat 6) over a pot of water.

1 year onwards

Small savoury tomato pancakes

Preparation: 90 mins
Cooking time: 10mins


1 carton/tin of tomato soup

2 small pieces of cheese

40g flour

50ml semi-skimmed milk

1 egg

2 teaspoonfuls of oil

Basil

Salt

Pour the flour into a bowl and add the salt, egg, milk and 150ml of tomato soup. Mix into a paste and set aside for an hour. Add the oil just before cooking. Pour and cook the pancakes in an oiled pan 10cm in diameter and keep them warm. Spread the cheese over the pancakes then pour the rest of the soup over. Sprinkle with basil and serve warm.

Cantonese rice

Preparation: 10 mins
Cooking time 10 mins

4 cups quick cook rice

3 eggs

200g frozen or tinned peas

300g of ham (or prawns or chicken breast)

Cook and drain the rice. Beat the eggs, add one tablespoonful of water and heat in a pan. For baby, remove 50g of the rice, add 2 teaspoonfuls of the omelette cut into little pieces and 2 teaspoons of chopped ham. For the rest of the family, season with salt and pepper and serve.