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Pan fried mackerel with mash and tomato stew

Nowadays, you’ll often hear people on radio and television talking about ‘good fats’ and ‘bad fats’, and they urge you to eat more oily fish for your intake of ‘good fats’. Well, let me tell you, that mackerel is one of the best examples of a good oily fish. As well as this important health factor, mackerel is also great value for money and has a lovely meaty texture.

Serves 4

To Serve:

Place mashed potato in centre of plate and spoon some stewed tomatoes beside it. Place fish on the mash and drizzle with pesto.

Baby- Scrambled eggs with cheese and tomato

This is a fantastic recipe for breakfast, lunch or even supper and is so quick to prepare and cook. Avoid overcooking the eggs by stirring constantly with a balloon whisk and remember to keep pulling the mixture away from the sides

Serves 2-3

To Serve: Alter the consistency, depending on the stage of weaning, your baby is at. For older babies who are able for soft finger foods, serve the scrambled egg topped with a cherry tomato and with 1-2 thin toasted strips on the side.

Mackerel Spread

Mackerel is a source of omega-3 fats, which are important for your baby’s brain and eye development. This spread is a suitable alternative to pate, which you need to avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Baby – Fish Cakes

These tasty little fish cakes were a firm favorite in my house when I was at the weaning stage.

Serves 8-10.

Tip! These fish cakes are a great way to introduce omega-3 and vitamin D-rich salmon into your baby’s diet!

Salmon and Asparagus Wraps

“There is something about the Irish palate that loves salmon. It is rich in omega-3, readily available, and very good value. In this recipe I sometimes use monkfish or sea trout instead”.

Neven Maguire, Chef and Father.

Toddler – Cowboy Hotpot

“The colours and variety of textures in this dish will help your child to develop their taste and interests in new foods”

– Michelle Skelly, Clinical Dietician, Laois

What a great way to incorporate lots of vegetables and oily fish into your toddler’s diet. Sssssh don’t tell your toddler!

Serves 7

Toddler – Creamy Pork and Apple

“Everyone in the family will love this tasty casserole dish, a different take on the usual pork with apple sauce.”

– Louise Reynolds, Dietitian, Danone Baby Nutrition

TIP – We often take the quality of our Irish pork for granted when you really can’t beat it anywhere else in the world! Chop the pork into nice small pieces that your toddler is able to tuck in to.

Serves 12