Our top 5 favourite weaning recipes

Now that Jacob is 6 months old we have really started weaning in earnest*. I’d decided against baby-led weaning in the end—although I could see some advantages, I wanted him to start eating a reasonable amount. So we decided to wean Jacob using a mixture of purees and finger foods. He has really taken to eating, and I’m finding weaning a lot of fun.

I was apprehensive at the start though. I didn’t really know where to begin so I bought Annabel Karmel’s Feeding Your Baby and Toddler book. The book has loads of recipes for different stages of weaning, from first tastes through to toddlerhood, and provides really clear information on what babies need in terms of nutrition at each stage. At first, I followed the recipes religiously as I had no idea what I was doing. Now I’m more confident I use the book as a base and modify the recipes to come up with new weaning recipes based on what I have in the fridge. As we now subscribe to Abel and Cole veg boxes, I always have a lot of different organic veg so it’s good to be able to mix things up a bit rather than go out to buy specific ingredients just for Jacob.

I always make up a large batch of each recipe and freeze small portions in ice cube trays, then transfer the frozen portions into labelled freezer bags. That way I only have to cook a couple of times a week and have a nice stock of quick, healthy food for Jacob that I can just heat up each evening.

Baby eating kale

Jacob enjoying his kale!

Jacob’s top 5 weaning recipes

1. Chicken casserole

I base this on the recipe in the book. It has chicken (I used leftover chicken from a roast), potato, leeks, parsnip and carrot. I sometimes add extra veg. Jacob’s favourites are kale and Brussel sprouts (I know! I have a weird child). If we don’t have leeks, I’ll just chuck in a bit of onion.

2. Fish and vegetables

This is another recipe from the book. Cod is the recommended fish and I usually add potatoes, carrots and tomato as recommended. But I will add parsnip or cauliflower if that’s what I have in the fridge. The cod is poached in milk with a bay leaf and some peppercorns (which you remove before blending).

3. Cheesy veg

I got this idea from the book, but now I don’t follow a recipe. I just steam whatever veg we have (potato, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, kale), add some grated cheese and blend!

4. Butternut squash, broccoli, kale and pea puree

This was a recipe I found on Annabel Karmel’s website. I wasn’t sure about the sound of this one, but I had all the ingredients so thought I might as well give it a try! Jacob loved it. It’s not a combination I’d have thought of, which is why it can be handy to have a look in a book or online. It’s taught me to be a bit more adventurous with my combinations.

5. Salmon, broccoli and spinach puree

Another one I got from the website, this is one of my personal favourites. I always hope Jacob won’t finish his portion so I get some! It recommends using shallots, but I use a little bit of onion if I don’t have any.

You may have noticed that all these recipes are vegetable based. Jacob just isn’t that keen on fruit, which I find very odd. Fingers crossed it lasts, although I suspect it won’t.

*We’d started a few weeks early with some fruit and vegetable purees. This was against the NHS guidelines. I’d done my own research on this, and decided for us the risk was low, but please look into it before starting early weaning. There are risks for some babies.

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13 Comments

  1. February 22, 2017 / 10:55 am

    These are really good recipes. We had a great time weaning little man and trying new foods. Shame now he is a toddler he is so fussy! #bestandworst

  2. diynige
    February 22, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    Lovely recipes and look so yummy #bestandworst

  3. February 23, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    These are some great ideas and they’d adapt pretty well for older kids too – we had chicken casserole tonight! Perfect storm Doris dinner 😉
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub x

  4. February 23, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing. We have just started our weaning journey so forever looking for new recipes! #coolmumclub

    • Kelly
      February 23, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Ooh good luck! I’m finding it quite fun now. I think the novelty might wear off soon though!

  5. February 24, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Ooo there is some yummy recipes there, isn’t weaning fun! Thanks for linking up #bestandworst

  6. February 27, 2017 / 10:45 am

    They sound delicious and much more involved than some I made, although I guess we ate chicken casserole etc anyway and I then made H separate purees so probably less work really! #maternitymondays

  7. February 27, 2017 / 10:59 am

    I adapted loads of Annabel Karmel recipes for my 3, some were fab but the finger foods were a lot of effort #MaternityMondays

  8. February 27, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    Where would we be without Annabel Karmel? I was a bit lazy and used a lot of the pre-made pouches. They were such a god send! #coolmumclub

  9. February 27, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Oh bless him! I love their facial reactions when you spoon things in. I think weaning is one of my favourite things. We did a mixture of spoon feeding and finger foods for the same reason as you. Lovely post and I will be looking back when it is time to wean again #MaternityMondays

    • Kelly
      March 2, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      The faces they make are so funny! Thanks for the comment x

  10. February 28, 2017 / 10:26 am

    Love the sound of these – polenta has always gone down well in our house, there’s so much you can do with it #bestandworst

  11. March 6, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    These look fab – we are at the same stage as you and are doing a mixture of puree and blw x

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