Saturday, 12 June 2010

Baby Weaning - Recipes from Mandy Haywood, Boots Baby Food Expert




Having just reviewed (here) a selection of Boots products for weaning, including the Baby Stock Cubes, I thought I'd share with you some recipes that you can try, courtesy of Mandy Haywood, Boots Baby Food Expert.

RECIPES

Mushroom & Lentil Casserole

Ingredients:
· 50g mushrooms - sliced
· ½ tsp olive oil
· ¼ onion – chopped
· 50g lentils (cooked as per instructions, rinsed and drained)
· 227g canned, chopped tomatoes
· 125 ml stock made from Boots Baby Organic Vegetable / Chicken Stock Cubes (£1.49 for a six pack)

Method:
· Heat oil in a saucepan
· Sauté onion for three minutes
· Add the lentils, stir then add the tomatoes and stock
· Boil for about 10 minutes
· Stir in the mushrooms
· Cover and simmer for 15 minutes
· Blend to desired consistency
· Makes two servings

Pasta Bolognese
Ingredients:
· 150g minced beef
· ½ tsp olive oil
· ¼ onion – diced
· 3 mushrooms - chopped
· 227g can of chopped tomatoes
· 125ml stock made from Boots Baby Organic Beef or Vegetable Stock Cubes (£1.49 for a six pack)
· Cooked pasta

Method:
· Sauté beef and onion in olive oil, for about 10 minutes
· Add tomatoes, mushrooms and stock
· Simmer for about 20 minutes
· Blend to required texture
· Mix with cooked pasta prior to serving. Top with a little grated mild cheese if desired
· You can add dried mixed herbs or dried oregano for extra flavour when you add the tomatoes
· Substitute mushrooms with carrots or peppers if preferred
· Makes approximately two – three servings

Baby Turkey Dinner

Ingredients:
· 150g minced turkey
· ½ tsp olive oil
· ¼ onion – diced
· 1 small carrot – diced
· 1 small potato – peeled & diced
· ½ stick celery – thinly sliced
· ¼ small swede – peeled & diced
· 1 tbs frozen peas
250ml stock made from Boots Baby Organic Chicken Stock Cubes (£1.49 for a six pack)

Method:
· Brown the turkey. Drain off any liquid and put to one side
· Sauté onion in oil
· Add carrot, potato, celery and swede, sweat for about 10 minutes
· Add stock and peas
· Simmer until vegetables are tender
· Blend to desired texture
· Makes approximately two – three servings


Cottage Pie
Ingredients:
· 150g minced beef
· ½ tsp olive oil
· ¼ onion – diced
· 1 small carrot – peeled and diced
· 227g can chopped tomatoes
· 125ml stock made from Boots Baby Organic Beef Stock Cubes (£1.49 for a six pack)
· 1 large potato – boiled and mashed with milk

Method:
· Brown beef and onion in olive oil for about six minutes
· Add carrot, tomatoes and stock
· Simmer for about 20 minutes
· Blend to required texture
· Place in dish or ramekins, top with mashed potato
· If desired, brown in oven
· Makes approximately two – three servings

Why not try using carrot and parsnip or sweet potato as the mash? Or maybe add a little grated cheese. You can substitute beef with minced turkey or half the beef with lentils.

Weaning advice from Mandy :


Mandy’s Tips for Feeding Baby
· These recipes can be used for the whole family, just ensure you remove baby’s portion(s) prior to adding any salt or strong spices.
· The quantities are given as guidelines, increase or decrease the amounts as required.
· These recipes can be blended to any texture, by liquidising, blending or mashing, depending on the age and development stage of your child. To add more texture serve with pasta, rice or soft vegetables such as cauliflower or broccoli.
· Ensure the size of the blended food piece size is suitable for your baby and always check the temperature of the food before feeding. These recipes make approximately two or more servings depending on baby’s stage of weaning and appetite.
· If freezing, use suitable dishes/containers, such as Boots Freezer Pots (from £2.99), cool quickly, then freeze. The handy containers are available in various sizes and are microwave safe.
· Thaw and reheat carefully, ensuring that the meal is properly cooked through.
· Always make sure there is a responsible adult present when your baby is feeding in case of choking.

[*] The Department of Health recommends babies are breastfed for the first six months of life.[1] http://www.breastfeeding.nhs.uk/

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