Baby’s Blueberry and Apple Puree

Baby’s Blueberry and Apple Puree

Originally posted on June 11, 2021 @ 8:45 am


I’ve yet to meet the baby who doesn’t like blueberries! And these juicy little fruits don’t just taste delicious, they are absolutely packed with goodness for your tiny diner.

A bowl of blueberry and apple puree for baby

Blueberries are classed as ‘superfruits’

Although they deserve that name just for their wonderful taste, blueberries are considered superfruits because they are so incredibly good for you (and your baby).

Research has shown them to be even higher in valuable antioxidants than fruits like cranberries or grapes. They are also known to have a beneficial effect on your baby’s brain (see this post for more details).

Full of vitamins and minerals, blueberries have a very gentle, laxative effect on the body. This means they are great for helping prevent constipation – a common problem in younger babies whose digestive systems are just getting used to coping with solid foods.

We have a page devoted to blueberries here, where you can learn lots more about them and the best way to introduce them to your baby.

The following recipe is very simple to make. Its taste and texture are perfect for younger babies and you can easily adjust the quantities to make a larger batch if you prefer. You can then freeze it into handy portions for future use – I’d recommend using them within a month for the very best flavor.

A bowl of blueberry and apple baby food puree

Different Ways to use Baby’s Blueberry and Apple Puree

This is – of course – a yummy puree served with a spoon, just as it is! But there are so many other creative ways you could use it…

  • Stir it into your baby’s oatmeal
  • Use it as a healthy alternative to syrup on homemade pancakes
  • Stir it into homemade yogurt or natural yogurt to add flavor without sugar
  • Use it as a dip for other fruits or veggies
  • Try serving it with shredded meat – it goes surprisingly well!

For Baby’s Blueberry and Apple Puree You Will Need…

1/3 cup fresh blueberries
1 small apple, peeled (or you can leave it unpeeled if you prefer – find out more about whether to peel fruits and veggies here)*
Water

*Try to use a sweet apple, so that the puree is not too tart. If it is still not sweet enough for your baby, try adding a little pureed banana to the mix!

Blueberry and apple puree for baby with fresh blueberries  and half an apple

1. Core the apple and cut into dice.

2. Place the apple in a small saucepan and just cover with water, then bring to the boil.

3. Simmer for 2 minutes or so until almost tender, then add the blueberries. Simmer for another 2 minutes.

4. Drain (reserving the water), then blend using a baby food processor or stick blender until smooth. Add back a little of the reserved cooking water if you need to loosen the puree up.

This recipe makes around half a cup (4 fl oz) of puree.

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Cheesy Vegetable Omelet for Baby

Cheesy Vegetable Omelet for Baby

Originally posted on May 7, 2021 @ 7:48 am


Once your baby is safely enjoying eggs there are so many yummy foods you can start preparing for him – and the humble omelet is one of our favorites!

Omelets are quick and easy to make – so easy, in fact, that they are virtually foolproof! They’re nutritious, too – packed with protein and a whole host of vitamins and minerals.

A cheesy vegetable omelet for baby

They have a very soft texture, so they are easy for your baby to eat – even in the absence of any teeth! But they are firm enough to cut into little slices or shapes, which makes them perfect to serve as a finger food or to use when following baby-led weaning.

And if we still haven’t convinced you, then one of the other great things about omelets is how versatile they are. You can add just about anything your baby enjoys for a fast, healthy and complete little meal.

Slices of vegetable omelet for baby

This recipe is for a simple veggie omelet. You can use the veggies we’ve suggested or any others that your baby enjoys. Do bear in mind if you want to make any changes that some vegetables may need cooking before adding to the pan.

For Baby’s Cheesy Vegetable Omelet You Will Need…

1/2 small carrot, peeled and grated finely
1/2 small zucchini (courgette), peeled and grated finely
1 egg
a handful of grated cheese (any type your baby enjoys)
1 tablespoon chopped chives (optional)

Crack the egg into a medium bowl and beat briefly with a fork.

Add the grated veggies and mix everything together.

Heat a little olive oil in a small frying pan. If you don’t have a very small frying pan, you can try using a small, non-stick saucepan like we did (just bear in mind that the cooked omelet will be slightly more difficult to get out).

Pour in your egg and vegetable mixture.

Spreading the ingredients for baby's vegetable omelet in a pan

Spread evenly over the base of the pan, set the heat to low and cover.

Cook for 10 minutes.

Remove the cover and turn off the heat.

Sprinkle grated cheese all over the omelet.

Baby's vegetable omelet topped with cheese

Top with the chives if desired and then – using a spatula – flip one side of the omelet over the over, forming a semi-circle shape with the cheese inside.

Flipping one side of baby's vegetable omelet

Wait a few minutes for the omelet to cool a little, then cut into any shape your baby would like. Serve immediately.

Baby's vegetable omelet cut into wedges

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Our Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

Our Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

Originally posted on October 6, 2020 @ 12:00 am


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Megan and Judy, co-owners of Feeding Littles, bring you helpful info on food, nutrition, picky eating, and feeding young children. Megan McNamee MPH, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Judy Delaware, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist specializing in feeding therapy with children 3 and under in Boulder, Colorado. Megan and Judy are both moms of two and love helping families develop a healthy appetite for all foods! 





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3 Salmon Dishes for the Picky Eater Toddlers

3 Salmon Dishes for the Picky Eater Toddlers

Originally posted on May 7, 2021 @ 5:55 am

3 Salmon Dishes for the Picky Eater Toddlers


Wild Alaskan salmon is a clean and lean protein filled with essential fatty acids and antioxidants. Interestingly, wild Alaskan salmon contains more protein and nutrients than farm-raised organic salmon. So, why not introduce
salmon protein to your toddler today? Even if your toddler is a picky eater the following three recipes are sure to delight.

1.Sweet potato salmon cakes 

Adding the abundant nutrients and fiber of sweet potato with the great protein in salmon will yield a well-balanced, tasty meal for your fussy little eater.

Ingredients:

  • Sweet potatoes – 2 peeled and cubed
  • Onion – 1 small finely chopped
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Salmon – 4-6 oz
  • Butter – 2 Tbsp
  • Fresh coriander – handful chopped
  • Egg – 1 
  • Plain flour – 1 cup
  • Bread crumbs – 1 cup
  • Coconut oil – 1 Tbsp
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 180 C or 350 F for 15 minutes 
  2. Finely chop the onion, garlic, and coriander, then set aside.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper—drizzle a little oil on the paper, spreading it evenly with your fingers, so it covers the whole surface. 
  4. Place the salmon skin down on the baking sheet and bake for 10-15 mins until pink. 
  5. Peel and cube the potatoes. Boil them in water or a pressure cooker. Once cooked, add the butter and mash. 
  6. Gently loosen the salmon meat from the skin with a fork and mix with the mashed potatoes.
  7. Add the onion, garlic, coriander, cumin, turmeric, and salt and pepper to the potato-salmon mix.
  8. Mold the mixture into patties. (Whatever you don’t use can be frozen for later)
  9. Prepare three bowls. Put the flour in one. Beat the egg and place it in the second bowl. Then put the breadcrumbs in the third bowl. 
  10. Heat a frying pan with oil or ghee on medium. 
  11. Take the patty and gently cover it in flour first, Then drop it in the egg and coat with bread crumbs.
  12.  Place the salmon cakes in the frying pan and cook on medium heat for approximately 5 mins on each side till golden brown.

You can serve the salmon cake on its own or with chutney.

2. Salmon nuggets

Ingredients:

  • Egg – 2
  • Lime or lemon – half
  • Salmon – 4-6 oz
  • Bread crumbs – 1 ½ cups
  • Flour – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1 small finely chopped
  • Garlic – 2 cloves finely chopped
  • Coriander – hand full finely chopped
  • Oil or ghee – enough to pan-fry onions and garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 180 C or 350 F for 15 minutes. 
  2. Finely chop the onion, garlic, and coriander, then set aside.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper—drizzle a little oil on the paper, spreading it evenly with your fingers, so it covers the whole surface. 
  4. Place the salmon skin down on the baking sheet and bake for 10-15 mins until pink.
  5. Heat a frying pan with oil on medium. 
  6. Saute the onion until it’s translucent. Add the garlic and coriander to the pan and squeeze the lime or lemon onto the mixture.
  7. When the salmon is cooked, separate it from the skin with a fork and place it in a bowl. Then add the saute onion, garlic, and coriander.
  8. Add one egg and ½ cup of breadcrumbs to the bowl and mix all the ingredients.
  9. Shape the mixture into nuggets, then carefully cover it in flour first, Then drop it in the egg and coat with bread crumbs.
  10. Place the nuggets on a baking sheet lined with baking paper (prepared as above) and bake for 10-15mins.

Nuggets are easy to prepare and the perfect texture for toddlers to eat, even if they have no teeth.

3. Salmon cauliflower macaroni cheese

Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower – 1
  • Plain Flour – 2 Tbsp
  • Butter – 1 oz
  • Milk – 1 ¾ cups
  • Macaroni – 1 cup
  • Cheese – 4 oz grated
  • Salmon – 2 x 4-6 oz fillets
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Wash and break the cauliflower into small pieces, then steam and mash, then put aside.
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper—drizzle a little oil on the paper, spreading it evenly with your fingers, so it covers the whole surface. 
  3. Place the salmon skin down on the baking sheet and bake for 10-15 mins until pink.
  4. Once the salmon is cooked, gently separate it from the skin with a fork and set it aside.
  5. Boil the macaroni in water for 8-10 mins or follow the directions on the packet when cooked, strain, and set aside.
  6. Melt the butter in a saucepan, slowly adding the flour stirring continuously to a paste.
  7. Slowly add milk to the paste. Continue to stir until it’s smooth and creamy.
  8. Remove from the heat and stir in the grated cheese and mashed cauliflower. You may add any seasonings now.
  9. Add the macaroni and salmon into the sauce, mixing thoroughly. Place the mixture into an oven dish. Generously sprinkle grated cheese on top and brown under the grill.

Helpful things to consider

Please note that you can freeze all of the recipes listed above. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the safe internal temp of salmon is 145°F or 62.8°C. Arguably, many chefs prefer 120°F or 50°C. The convenience of a fresh seafood delivery service is always an option for the busy stressed-out mom. Besides, the abundant health benefits of this miraculous redfish with its antioxidants, rich Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals make it an essential part of anyone’s diet. So, regularly including fresh seafood in your toddler’s diet can improve their wellbeing, cognitive abilities, and overall development.

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