Early Purees

Sweet Potato

A total favourite with both my daughters and one that is still going 2 years later for my oldest. This is where the addiction began! Its also fantastic with a portion of red pepper mixed through.

BLW Tip: slice some extra sweet potato (and/or red pepper) into batons and steam until soft. Place on the highchair tray whilst your little one is eating and see how they touch, play and potentially pick up the batons. Its a great way to get them used to using their gums to mush down food before they gets any nashers.

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Makes 5 x 30g portions

150g sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-cm cubes

1-2 tbsp cooking liquid

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Steam (or boil) the diced sweet potato for 15 minutes or until easily pierced. Remove to a food processor and blend down into a smooth puree adding the cooking liquid as you go. 

 

 

 

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a fantastic food for weaning as it makes a deliciously creamy puree but is also brilliant for baby-led weaning as steamed florets are easy for little hands to grab hold of and the florets break down perfectly for little gums.

BLW Tip: steam some extra florets until soft  until they can be easily broken down when you push one between your thumb and finger. Place on the highchair tray whilst your little one is eating and see how they touch, play and potentially pick up. Its a great way to get them used to using their gums to mush down food before they gets any nashers.

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Makes 4 x 30g portions

150g cauliflower, cut into small florets

1-2 tbsp baby's usual milk

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Steam the florets for 15 minutes or until easily pierced. Remove to a food processor and blend down into a smooth puree adding the cooking liquid as you go. 

Beetroot

Beetroot might seem a little exotic for a baby but my toddler has loved it from extremely early on and beetroot dip is still one of her favourites. You can make your own by just taking a few 30g portions and mixing them through my hummus recipe.

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Makes 4 x 30g portions

1-2 beetroot (about 150g) peeled and cut into 1-cm cubes

2-3 tbsp cooking liquid

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Boil the beetroot in a saucepan for 25 minutes or until completely tender. Place in a food processor and puree down until smooth with 2-3 tablespoon of your cooking liquid.

Carrot

I hate to state the obvious but make sure you buy in plenty of stain remover because this is really orange! Its also great combined with either a portion of sweet potato and a little grated cheddar cheese (6+months) or a portion of beetroot.

BLW Tip: slice some extra carrot into batons and steam until soft. Place on the highchair tray whilst your little one is eating and see how they touch, play and potentially pick up the batons. Its a great way to get them used to using their gums to mush down food before they get any nashers.

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Makes 4 x 30g portions

1 medium carrot (about 150g) peeled and cut into 1-cm cubes

1-2 tbsp cooking liquid

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Steam or boil the carrots in a saucepan over a medium heat for 15 minutes or until completely tender. Place in a food processor and puree down until smooth with 2-3 tablespoon of your cooking liquid.

 

 

 

peas

No freezer should ever be lacking a bag of frozen peas which makes this one of the most convenient purees to whip up. Peas can pose a choking hazard so you must make sure that all the peas have been broken down in the pureeing process (or alternatively you can pass the puree through a sieve to remove the skins).  I also find that pureeing with a little olive oil allows the peas to emulsify like a hummus or pesto and gives a much better final texture.

Combo: add 1/2 avocado for a slightly creamier mixture

Tip: Make a bigger batch, portion up and freeze. You can then pop portions in with hummus, pesto , guacamole or risottos for added veggie content.

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Makes 4-5 x 30g portions

150g frozen peas

1tbsp olive oil (or your baby's usual milk if they are just starting their weaning journey)

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Steam or boil the peas in a saucepan for 5-6 minutes until completely tender. Puree in a food processor with 1 tablespoon olive oil for 5 minutes to ensure there are no whole peas left. 

 

 

 

Me & Mummy Avocado

An express meal when you haven't had time to prepare anything or have forgotten to take something out the freeze. The bonus is it makes a super healthy, power-packed lunch for you too.

BLW Tip: keep a couple of slices of avocado back - place on the highchair tray whilst your baby is eating and see how they touch, play and potentially pick up the avocado. Its a great way to get them used to using their gums to mush down food before they get any nashers.

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1 very ripe avocado, peeled, stoned and roughly chopped

and for you:

1/4 tsp salt

a pinch of chilli flakes

a squeeze of lime

a couple of slices of toast

leaves

toasted seeds (optional)

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Place the avocado in a food processor and blitz down for 1-2 minutes until completely smooth. Scoop out one heaped tablespoon into a feeding pot and set aside. Now remove the remaining puree into a small bowl, add 1/4 tsp salt, a pinch of chilli and a squeeze of lime. Spread over your toast and top with leaves, a drizzle of olive oil, a little more salt and some toasted seeds. Enjoy with your little one.

 

Mango

Mango was a bit of a hit with my daughter from day one and its still going strong almost two years later- what is even better is that its extremely easy to prep!

BLW Tip: thickly slice the rest of the mango and peel- place on the highchair tray whilst your baby is eating and see how they touch, play and potentially pick up the mango. Its a great way to get them used to using their gums to mush down food before they get any nashers.

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Makes 5 x30g portions

150g mango, peeled and roughly chopped

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Place in a food processor and puree down until smooth.

 

 

My First Porridge

This ultra smooth and creamy porridge is a wonderfully gentle introduction to the world of food and my daughter adored it from her first mouthful. 

Combos: add 1 x portion creamy banana or easy peasy mango to make it a little more interesting

BLW Tip: thickly slice some mango or banana - place on the highchair tray while your baby is eating and see how they touch, play and potentially pick up the wedges. Its a great way to get them used to using their gums to mush down food before they get any nashers.

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Makes 7 x 25g portions

20g porridge oats

240ml baby's usual milk

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Place the porridge oats in a spice or coffee grinder and blitz down into a fine powder. Place in a small saucepans with the milk and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer for 8-10 minutes stirring frequently. It shouldn't require pureeing but if you feel the texture is a little too rough still then blitz down in a food processor.