Hey lovelies, I hope you’re all warm and well.
Guilty of neglecting my little blog recently. Just can never find the time, but it’s something I wanna get back into for sure! Thought I would share some baby meal ideas with you as cooking and experimenting with food has been something I’m enjoying more and more.
Since Oliver started weaning back in December 2019, I found myself cooking a lot more. I spend hours and hours researching recipes and meal ideas on Instagram. He’s such a great little eater and everyone always tells me his meals look yummy, so why not share some baby meal ideas we use often. Mainly lunch and dinner ideas here today as Oliver has cereal and fruit most days and I think most parents struggle more with lunch & dinner ideas. Hopefully you see something to make. Let me know if you do, would love to hear how your little ones have got on.
Lets get cracking then shall we?
Lamb Chili with rice & Avo
Super tasty and packed full of veggies! I make a big batch up and freeze portions to stash. Lamb mince for a different little taste but annoyingly it’s quite expensive. Beef mince works fine tho too.
Fry up some onions and garlic, then add the mince and brown it. Throw in all the veggies you like. I add carrot, sweetcorn, peas and tomatoes. Drain and add some kidney beans, then stir in a can of chopped tomatoes. Mix up a sachet of chili seasoning with water. Add enough to cover the mixture and let simmer for 20 mins to reduce down. Mean while boil some rice, smash some avocado and bam, dinners ready in just over half hour.
Omelette pizza with beans
This is like Oliver’s little cheat meal. He absolutely loves beans and they go so well with an omelette pizza. So quick and easy to make too!
Whisk and egg together with some pepper and a tiny bit of cheese. Pour the mixture in an hot oiled pan (like you would a pancake) and let cook for a few minuets. Flip it over and start building your pizza. I add a tablespoon of tomato puree for the base and then add cheese and veggies. You can pretty much add what you like and disguise all the veggies with cheese and meats. Let the cheese melt and the underside cook then cut into bite size pieces. How simple! Perfect for when you just don’t feel like cooking.
Sweet potato nuggets.
Oliver and I are big fans of sweet potato, but apart from mash I didn’t really know what else to do with them. After browsing the gram, I came across sweet potato nuggets and thought it was genius. Not to much effort goes into these either which is a winner from me!
Pop two sweet potatoes into the oven to bake for around an hour (don’t forget to pierce them first). Once cooked, leave to cool then remove the skin. Scoop out the potato and give it a mash, then shape into balls and squash them. Whisk and egg and a dash of milk together in a bowl and set aside. It’ll be used as a glue later on. Toast some wholemeal bread and blend to create the crumbs. Dip the potato nuggets into the egg then roll them in the bread crumbs. Once the nugs are done, pop them in the oven for 10-15 mins to crisp up. Et voila, super tasty nuggets. I serve mine with steamed veg sticks.
Cheesy salmon pasta
Anyone who knows me well, knows how I feel about fish. Before Oliver, I couldn’t even touch it. Look at me now making salmon pasta, who’d have thought it. Another super easy meal tho.
Wrap a salmon fillet in foil and bake in the oven for around 15 mins. Boil up some pasta (we use rigatoni and twists because they’re easy to hold) While it’s cooking it’s time to make the sauce. Add a heaped table spoon of butter to a hot pan and stir together a little plain flour. Gradually pour in milk and stir continuously until it starts to thicken. Then add loads of cheese and stir stir stir! Keep the sauce on a low heat to prevent it burning.
Once it’s all done, flake the salmon into the sauce then pour over the pasta.
Classic egg and soldiers
A family favourite in most households? Certainly is here. Oliver and Shane have this together of a morning at the weekends, but it can be done for an easy quick and easy lunch. I tend to boil my eggs for 4 and a half mins to get a nice dippy yolk. Slice up some toasty soldiers and you’re good to go.
So, that concludes my baby meal ideas. Hopefully it was of some use. If you’d like more leave me a comment below and I’ll happily post some more meal inspiration for you.
Is there anything you make that I should give a try?
Kisses and Love