Fabulous Fuel for Little Ones
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Fabulous Fuel for Little Ones

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20 July 2015

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Feeding a baby in the early months has got to be the most low maintenance service a mum will ever have to provide - Would Sir like milk today? How about some milk? Then they conquer solids and things get messy – literally! Fuelling your little ones can also be great fun and surprisingly simple.

Here is a selection of no-fail, simple and most importantly, healthy recipes for you to keep in your metaphorical feeding fuel tank.

All the quantities for these recipes are for guidance and can be adjusted based on the age and appetite of your baby or toddler (or even yourself, of course!)

BLAST OFF BREAKFASTS

purelyb Banana Mango Puree with Avocado

No Cook Banana & Mango Purée

(suitable from 6 months)

Why this fuel is fabulous:

  • Fruit purées are so easy to make and so versatile. You can eat them as they are or mix them with other ingredients.
  • Mangoes are great for fighting microbial infections, strengthening the immune system, eyesight protection and helping to improve brain development.
  • Bananas are rich in potassium, great for the heart, muscles, kidneys and digestive system.

Ingredients (makes 4-5 small portions):

  • 1 mango, chopped
  • 1 banana, sliced

Method:

1. Place in food processor and blend for about 10-20 seconds. Depending on the age of your child, you can choose to make it extra smooth or leave it chunky.

2. Serve this delicious purée on its own, with oats (prepare the oats according to instructions and simply mix in the purée), with avocado or with plain yoghurt.

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Speedy Scrambled Egg

(It is advisable to introduce egg at 12 months. However if there are no known egg allergies in the family, you can introduce it at a younger age, starting with just 1-2 spoonfuls). 

Why this fuel is fabulous: 

  • A complete meal that’s ready in minutes
  • High in protein
  • Great source of calcium, vitamins C, D & E
  • Rich in prebiotics to help develop a healthy gut

Ingredients (makes 1 portion):

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • Knob of butter

Method:

1. Beat the egg with the milk.

2. Melt butter in a small pan, add egg, stirring until scrambled.

Top tip:  This can be made into a great main course by adding a small tomato, (skinned, deseeded and chopped), to the egg mix, then when scrambled, stirring in a handful of cheddar cheese)

MIGHTY MAINS (great for lunch or dinner)

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Dahl

(Suitable from 8 months)

Why this fuel is fabulous:

  •  A great recipe for the whole family, which can be cooked in batches and frozen into ready portions.
  • Nice balance of textures.
  • Lentils are highly nutritious, packed with magnesium and folate for heart health, fibre, which can help prevent constipation and other digestive issues.
  • Excellent source of protein; the building block of cells.
  • Good source of iron which transports oxygen throughout the body.

Ingredients (makes 10-12 small portions):

  •  2 cups yellow lentils
  • 1 cinnamon stick, 1 star anise
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1” ginger, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • Himalayan / sea salt
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp vegetable curry powder (non spicy)
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 2 medium potatoes, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • Some olive oil

Method:

1. Place the lentils and 6 cups of water in a pot and boil until the lentils are soft. Keep topping up the water to keep it to the same level as the start.

2. While the lentils are boiling, in a wok, add the olive oil, cinnamon stick, star anise, cumin and sauté until fragrant.

3. Add the ginger and allow to brown slightly before adding the crushed garlic. Sauté for a minute then add the onion until soft.

4. Add the tomatoes and a pinch or two of salt. Give a stir. Then add the turmeric and curry powders and garam masala. Mix all the ingredients until everything binds together forming a paste.

5. When the lentils are soft, add the paste to the pot. Add in the potatoes and carrot and simmer with a lid until they are soft  (for toddlers to chew, or you can mash them for younger babies).

6. Add water if the dahl is too thick.

sweet potato zesty fish

Zesty Fish with Sweet Potato

(Suitable from 6 months)

Why this fuel is fabulous:

  •  A great introduction to the taste and nutrients of fish.
  • Sweet potato is a great source of the antioxidant, betacarotene, which is great for skin and eye health.
  • Can be served as a puree for young babies, lightly mashed or served separately for older toddlers.

Ingredients (makes 6-8 small portions)

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • Small fillet of fish (haddock, hake or salmon are great)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Knob of butter
  • Juice of 1 small orange

Method:

1. Boil the sweet potato in a pan of water for around 20 minutes, until soft.

2. Poach fish in milk and butter for 6-7 minutes until cooked through. Alternatively put fish in microwaveable dish, add milk, dot with butter and microwave on high for up to 2 minutes.

3. Put sweet potato, fish and orange juice in a blender until smooth.  For older children mash all ingredients with a fork, or mash potato with orange juice and serve separately with broccoli or peas.

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Zippy Zucchini Pasta Sauce

(Suitable from 6 months)

Why this fuel is fabulous:

  • Quick and easy to prepare, only 4 ingredients.
  • Zucchini contains immune boosting vitamin C and soluble fibre to help prevent constipation.
  • Tomatoes are high in lycopene, great for the heart and effective against certain cancers.

Ingredients  (makes 6-8 small portions):

  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 50g butter
  • 6 medium tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and chopped – see tip below
  • ½ cup grated cheddar cheese

Method:

1. Sauté the zucchini in butter for 4-5 minutes until soft.

2. Add tomatoes and sauté for a further 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat, stir in cheese.

4. Purée in a blender until smooth – stir in pasta of your choice, tiny stars are great for younger babies.

Tip:  To skin tomatoes, boil a large pan of water, make a small cross incision on base of tomato with a knife and add to water for no more than a minute.  Transfer to cold water to prevent cooking, skin should come away easily

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Wagon wheel Sandwiches and Wheelie Cobs

(suitable from 8 months)

Why this fuel is fabulous:

  • Can be prepared quickly on short notice.
  • Easily transportable, great for picnics and packed lunches.
  • Corn on the cob is a great source of soluble fibre and vitamins A, B & E and fun for older kids to eat themselves.

Ingredients

  • Corn on the cob (1 cob cuts into 4 pieces as required)
  • Slices of wholemeal bread (quantity as required)
  • Butter

Sandwich Filling Suggestions:

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Peanut butter and mashed banana

Cream cheese and cucumber

Grated cheddar and carrot with mayonnaise

Chopped hard boiled egg with watercress and mayonnaise

Plain fromage frais and raisins

Method:

For Wagon wheel Sandwiches:

1. Remove crusts from bread and flatten with a rolling pin.

2. Spread with butter and add filling of your choice.

3. Roll bread like a swiss roll, then turn on side and slice into mini wheels.

Tip:  Bread will be easier to slice if you chill in fridge for a while first.

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For mini cobs:

1. Remove husks and boil whole cobs for 12-15 minutes.

2. Allow to cool slightly then chop into 4 mini wheels.

PERFECT PUDS

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Blueberry and Banana Quinoa

(suitable from 8 months)

Why this fuel is fabulous:

  • This is a delicious combination and a great balance of nutrients.
  • Blueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants, which help us to fight off free radicals.
  • Quinoa is a powerhouse of a grain. It is a great source of vitamins such as thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate and rich in essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium. All good for the overall development of your child. .

Ingredients (makes 6-8 small portions):

  • ½ cup quinoa, cooked
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 2 medium bananas

Method:

1. Cook quinoa according to instructions.

2. In a food processor, add the cooked quinoa, blueberries and banana and blend until smooth.

Tip: The mixture may be slightly grainy and can be pushed through a sieve to make it extra smooth.

purelyb Strawberry Nana Nice Cream

Strawberry Nana Nice-Cream

Why this fuel is fabulous:

  •  Kids love ice cream and this is a really healthy alternative; dairy, gluten and processed sugar free.
  • You can choose any fruit to add to the banana, providing a multitude of vitamins and minerals.

Ingredients (makes 3-4 small portions):

  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • 3 tbsp almond milk

Method:

1. Blend ingredients until smooth and creamy.

2. You can alter the amount of almond milk to get the right thickness and creaminess to your nana nice-cream.

Tip: To be eaten immediately as it melts quickly!

So, there you go. Fuel them up and watch them go! Just remember to fuel yourself enough to chase them.

 


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