What is the First 1000 Days?

1000 days. Doesn’t sound like an awful lot does it? But the fact is that the first 1000 days of your little one’s life are a uniquely special time that can have a very real influence on how they develop, grow and learn — not just now, but for his or her whole life. Watch … read more >

Step by Step Chilli

This recipe is packed with vegetables, providing up to 2 portions of veg per portion. It’s also high in fibre, which is recommended by the FSAI to help prevent and manage constipation during pregnancy. It’s suitable for during pregnancy, breastfeeding and for toddlers.

Make 4-5 portions. Cost per portion (based on 5 portions): €1.00

Suitable for freezing

Step by Step Beef Casserole

This easy beef casserole is suitable for all the family. It can be pureed or mashed to suit the weaning stage (be sure to use low salt stock cubes for weaning recipes). You could add other vegetables e.g. parsnip. It always tastes better when served the following day so refrigerate overnight if you are not freezing it.

Makes 4 servings. Cost per serving: Approx €2.00.

Thai beef stir fry

The great thing about this recipe is that it is so versatile. People often ask whether they can have nuts during pregnancy and the answer is absolutely. If you are cooking this for the family just remember to take the nuts out for any babies or toddlers, as children under the age of five should not have nuts.

Serves 4

To Serve: Arrange the rice on warmed serving plates and then spoon the beef stir fry on top.

Nutrition Information per serving:

Energy: 505 kcals

Protein: 34g

Carbohydrate: 51g

Fat: 18g

Source of: Fibre, Iron, Folate

High in: Vitamin C


Toddler – Sticky beef skewers

If you want to be well organised marinate the beef up to one day in advance and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Soak the bamboo skewers for at least 30 minutes before using them and then skewer the beef up to 12 hours in advance.

Serves 10 (Makes 20)

Note: Always supervise your toddler when using skewers as they can have sharp ends – help them pick the meat off with their hands.

To Serve: Arrange the sticky beef skewers on a large, warmed platter around a bowl of garlic and chive mayonnaise for dipping.

Baby – Tasty Mince with Swede & Tomato Puree

“I didn’t realise how challenging being a parent was until I became one myself, but this recipe never failed me”

Paula Mee, Lead Dietician, Medfit Proactive, Dublin

Serves 5

Tip! You can’t get any better than good Irish beef! Make sure to ask your local butcher for a nice lean cut of beef which they will happily mince for you.