It is recommended to wait until your little one is six months old before introducing solid foods into their diet, however some people begin this introduction a little earlier from four months old, so long as certain development stages have been met by the baby.
If your little one is one of the earlier solid food eaters between four and six months old, we would recommend giving single ingredient purees such as pea puree, banana puree or even avocado puree.
If your little one is over the age of nine months they can safely have more of a chunkier puree.
This recipe is for white fish, leek and carrot puree and contains omega 3 to help boost babies development of their central nervous system as well as being packed with antioxidants. To make this recipe you will need six oz of fish fillet, three peeled and chopped carrots, half a cup of water and one chopped leek.
In a saucepan, boil two inches of water. Place the leek, carrots and fish into a steamer basket over the boiling water and cover. Leave it to steam for fifteen minutes and then let the ingredients cool a little once cooked.
Then put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Feel free to add in some water if it’s a little thicker than your desired texture, but do this little by little as making the blend too watery is easily done.
Another yummy recipe for your little one is Creamy Provencal Chicken. For this one you will need one chicken breast (organic if that’s your preference), one ounce of soft cheese, one tbsp of olive oil and half a cup of vegetable broth.
Begin by chopping your chicken lengthwise, around half an inch thick. The thinner you slice your chicken the quicker it’ll cook.
Heat the oil and add the chicken to cook for around 5 minutes per side, feel free to add a sprinkle of mixed herbs in at this point too if you like! Once the juices from the chicken run clear then you know it is fully cooked.
Once the chicken has cooled for a few minutes add it into your food processor with the soft cheese and pulse for one to two minutes. Now add in the half cup of vegetable broth and blend until creamy. If your mix is still a little thick then add in extra vegetable broth one spoon at a time until it becomes the consistency you’d like it to be. You can serve this puree to your little one either by itself or accompany it with some rice or small pasta.
Feel free to take these recipes and adapt them with different vegetables and fruits that you know are both suitable for your little one, and that they will love. Have fun making these recipes, because we are sure your babies are going to have fun eating them!