I have been LOVING cooking with the kids lately, it’s a time we can have a chat about our day and connect together, screen free. I had some messages about recipe ideas for younger kids last month so here goes.
Raising a child carries its own set of risks and issues, and one of the biggest hurdles parents and carers will have to jump is feeding. Feeding a baby or young child can be a task. Babies and children can be incredibly fussy and they will often refuse to eat food they don’t enjoy. It can be frustrating when you spend a lot of time preparing (and making dishes which as I say in my book, is always the worst part haha).
This is why when at a loose end with baby formula samples or baby food bottles, you should consider trying something new this year instead. Baby food usually contains a lot of sugar and can be packed full of preservatives that your baby shouldn’t eat. Homemade baby food is a great way to control what your baby eats and will allow you to save a lot of money. It’s also more sustainable and involves less plastic and as I said earlier, we can all do our bit, Here are some simple baby food recipes you can create and store in the fridge this week.
- Pea purée
Pea puree is one of the classics when it comes to baby food, and it is packed with vitamin A, C, iron, calcium, and protein. Peas are easy for your child to digest and their sweet flavour makes it a good choice for baby food. To make this puree, simply boil fresh peas for 5 minutes until tender and bright, and then either mash or blend into a puree. Let it cool and store it in the fridge for your baby.
- Banana purée
Bananas are an ideal food for your baby because they are sweet in flavour and are packed full of essential nutrients such as potassium. Bananas act as a natural antacid and as a result, they are gentle on the stomach. To make a banana puree, pick ripe and sweet bananas and mash until smooth.
- Brown rice cereal
There will come a time when your baby is ready to transition from all liquid food to solids. Rice is a healthy grain and brown rice cereal is a great way to introduce your child to solids from a young age. To make rice cereal:
- Wash rice thoroughly and soak for 6 hours. This makes it softer and easier to digest.
- Drain and spread onto a baking sheet. Let dry.
- Dry roast for 5 minutes in a frying pan. Leave to cool then grind into a flour-like consistency.
- Prepare baby food with tbsp. rice flour and ½ cup water. Cook on a low heat until thick and creamy.
- Let cool and then serve.
- Avocado purée
Avocados might be a favourite with the millennial generation, but they are also a great choice for babies and young children. Avocados contain healthy fats and vitamins which can be essential for child development. As well as this, they are creamy in texture and taste and therefore easy to feed to a child. To make puree simply open the avocado, remove the stone and mash. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent browning.
These simple and healthy baby food options should provide your child with the perfect nutritious meal to help their development into strong, healthy toddlers. It doesn’t have to be complicated all the time so DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF. PLEASE. Love, Jojo x