Weaning your baby can be daunting. With so many books, websites and opinions telling you when, how, quantity and even where, it is difficult to know where to start, let alone worry about your cooking skills! So here are a couple of my favourite and most popular baby meals of both my kids and many of my clients, and you don’t need to be a master chef to do them.
Cheesy Cod with Potato and Spinach
1 piece of cod
1 large potato
Handful of spinach
Handful of grated cheese
Milk to blend to required consistency
Cook cod- this can be done in the oven (covered at 180 oc for approx 20mins), steamed, or if you are really short on time then cooked in the microwave.
Peel and chop potatoes. Boil or steam until soft
Wash spinach. Boil or steam until soft
Combine cod, potato, spinach, cheese and a dash of milk. Blend or mix together to the consistency you want. The more you blend it, the more milk you will need.
Separate into portions and enjoy!
If the meal is for a toddler, you could try these variations:
A piece of cod with cheesy mashed potato and spinach on the side
A piece of cod with blended potato and spinach with cheese sprinkled on top
A piece of cod with boiled potato squares and cheesy spinach
Flake the fish and mix with potato, cheese and spinach and form into balls. These can then be picked up by hand, or you could coat them in breadcrumbs and cook for 10-15mins until golden brown for a crispy finish.
1 chicken fillet (or more if you want to batch cook, as they freeze really well)
Approximately 1 cup of corn crumbs
Oil or spray oil
Herbs and spices. I use black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder, but you could use paprika, chilli powder, oregano, or even a ready mixed chicken spice.
Cut chicken fillet into small strips
Whisk egg and put chicken strips in
In a separate bowl mix corn crumbs and spices
Take chicken out of egg and cover with coating
Pour or spray a little oil onto a baking tray and place chicken goujons on.
Flip goujons so they have a little oil on both sides.
Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes until fully cooked at 180 oc.
Instead of corn crumbs, you could use breadcrumbs, matzah meal or crushed cornflakes
Try different combinations of herbs and spices
Add some lemon to the whisked egg
Cut the chicken pieces into small squares and make them into chicken popcorn. (these will cook much quicker)
Dip chicken in flour before the egg to get a different sort of texture
Use fish instead of chicken to make yummy fish fingers
Good luck and have fun exploring lots of meals with your little ones. If you do find yourself in a fishy disaster then give Nourish Me a call on 07886 663725 to see if I can help or take a look at our website www.nourishme.org.uk