Baby – Chickpea and Coriander Stew

“Full of interesting flavours.”

Michelle Skelly, Clinical Dietician, Laois

Tip! Chickpeas are so handy and are a great source of iron for your baby. It’s always good to have a few tins of chickpeas in the cupboard. Don’t be afraid to add in vegetables of your choice to this recipe.

Baby – Easy Peasy Homemade Hummus

“Hummus is perfect to use as a dip for small pieces of fresh fruit and vegetables, or as a spread instead of butter. Infants love the savoury fresh taste and it’s a great way to encourage them to self-feed which develops their hand and eye co-ordination and feeding autonomy.”

Ruth Charles, Paediatric Dietician, Westmeath

Serves 12, suitable from 6 months on;

Tip! Why not set aside some of this mixture for the adults in the family and spice things up by blending in some chopped red chilli if you dare!


Baby – Kiwi-Cado

“A quick and simple, nutritious and delicious snack for the little ones”

Jessica Schram, Paediatric Dietician, Dublin

Serves 6


An avocado is ripe when its skin turns from green to a dark brown/green color.

A ripe avocado should “give” slightly when it is gently squeezed.

Never refrigerate unripened (hard) avocados because they will not ripen in cold temperatures.

Unripened avocados are best stored in a cool dark place until they have ripened.

To speed up the ripening process you can put the avocado in a brown paper bag and it should ripen in 3-6 days.

If you add a tomato, apple or banana to a paper bag in which you have placed an avocado this will speed up the ripening process and will usually only take one to three days to ripen.

Baby – Chicken & Vegetable Soup with Barley

“One of the very first soups I cooked with my mother Vera. This is full of goodness and nutrition and, as they say in Cavan, there is eating and drinking in it! I make it for the twins but I replace the barley with Orzo which is a rice shaped pasta and they love it.”

Neven Maguire, Chef and Father

Tip! Once your baby is taking soft finger foods you can cut up small soldiers of brown bread for them to eat with their soup.


Baby – Pear and Avocado Puree

“Avocados are often over looked by parents when it comes to preparing baby foods but they are a fast, heart healthy easy to prepare food”

Deborah Griffin, Senior Paediatric and Neonatal Dietician, Waterford.

Serves 8:

Avocado are a brilliant first food for your baby due to it’s

nutritional value and also it’s creamy texture. You can make

variations of this recipe by using other fruits to blend with

the avocado such as bananas, peaches, or mango.