Toddler – Parsnip, shallot & potato cakes
Potato cakes are absolutely delicious and a great way of using up some leftover mashed potatoes. You can swap the parsnips and shallots with salmon or chicken.
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 – Herb crusted cod fillets with butternut squash
Cod is a delicious meaty fish and a fantastic source of protein for your baby or toddler. Your fishmonger will pin bone your fillets for you to remove any small bones.
To Serve: Purée, mash or flake the cod fillet to the consistency required (depending on weaning stage). Alter the butternut squash and cherry tomatoes to the consistency required — leave soft and whole for older babies as they can pick them up with their hands.
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
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.
Tip: You can change this recipe by adding in flavorings of your choice such as paprika or cinnamon powder
Toddler – French Toast with Apple Topping
Toddler – Fruity Porridge
Seasonal Roasted Vegetables
Serves 2 but amounts can be increased for more people. These only take about 20 minutes to cook so can go in the oven just before you are ready to serve dinner.
This is perfect to serve as a healthier party food or as a starter. 1 small baguette should give you about 6 slices. Use wholegrain if you can.
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.