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Posts from the ‘Finger Foods’ Category

No-fuss Tandoori Fish Curry – Family Meal


This super-simple fish curry is perfect for a quick mid-week meal (takes just 20 minutes), and tastes really delicious. Comprised of just a few ingredients, this one-pot curry always goes down really well in my home. In fact you can see just how much my little one enjoys it at the end of the video! Keep watching!

Tandoori masala is also a fabulous spice blend. It includes all of your main spices, and a few extras, so is super charged with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits. The masala give the fish and potatoes a unique taste.

Serves a family of four. Suitable for toddlers 12 months and over.
Total prep and cooking time – 20 mins

2 tbsp olive oil
1½ tbsp minced garlic
1 x 400g tin plum tomatoes – chopped
2 ½ tbsp ground tandoori masala
2 tsp dark brown sugar
Juice of 1 lime
180g white potato (about 1 medium white potato) – washed, peeled, cubed
4 x 100g skinless and boneless white fish fillets, halved
Salt, to taste (optional)
Red chilli powder, to taste (optional)
Fresh coriander, to garnish – washed, chopped

 

Heat the oil in a frying pan and add the garlic. Sauté for 1 minute then add the tomatoes, ground tandoori masala, sugar and lime juice. Cook the sauce for 6–8 minutes until it reduces and thickens. While the sauce is simmering, steam the potato until tender, then set aside. Once the sauce has reduced, add the fish fillets. Cover the fillets with the sauce and simmer on low heat for a few minutes until cooked through and flaky.

Once the fish is fully cooked, add the steamed potato to the curry and combine carefully with the sauce, trying not to break the fish pieces. Remove a serving for your baby and set aside. Stir salt and chilli powder (if using) into the main pan. Finish off the main adult serving and your little one’s serving with a sprinkle of coriander. Serve with roti or rice.

For toddlers you can also serve the fish as a yummy finger food, and use the tandoori masala as a yummy dip for the fish.

 

 

This recipe is taken from The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook, available to order now from all good bookshops including Amazon.co.uk, WHSmith and Waterstones. Also available from Amazon.com.

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Parsnip Yogurt Mezze – Baby-led Weaning

This baby-led weaning recipe is simply delicious, flavoursome and perfect for babies from the age of 7 months – once first tastes and flavours have been accepted, and baby is comfortable with finger foods.

With four unique flavours blended together – nutmeg, garlic, black pepper and yogurt, this mezze will be a real treat. Similar to Greek tzatziki, this gorgeous, creamy, calcium-rich mezze will add lots of aromatic flavour to some soft finger foods. Very soft pitta (helps if you slice in it half to make it super thin), or very soft bread.

Total prep and cooking time: 15 mins
Makes 13 ice-cubes

1 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp minced garlic
1 parsnip – washed, peeled, cored, chopped
1 sweet apple – washed, peeled, cored, chopped
1 tbsp full-fat Greek yogurt
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, add the garlic, parsnip and apple and sauté on low heat for a few minutes, then add 2 tablespoons of water and let the apple and parsnip steam (covered) for 5–8 minutes (depending on the thickness of the pieces) until they are both tender.

Once tender, pop into a food processor (or use a handheld blender) and blend until smooth. Add the yogurt, nutmeg and black pepper and combine well. Spread thinly over a very soft pitta slice (once your child has mastered soft finger foods) and cut into strips for your little one. Add more or less to a pitta slice depending on your little one’s taste buds.


This recipe is taken from The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook, available to order now from all good bookshops including Amazon.co.uk, WHSmith and Waterstones. Also available from Amazon.com.

Banana and Coconut Pancakes – Stage 2 Finger Food

banana-and-coconut-pancakesI love Pancake Day!! Back in the 80’s there was only one way to eat your pancakes… a sprinkling of sugar and a dash of fresh lemon! Simply delicious. Thinking about it, that’s probably one of my earliest memories of loving the sweet and sour flavour combination.

Whilst delicious, there was a lot of refined sugar involved so it was definitely an occasional treat. As I grew I realised there were lots of just-as-delicious flavour combinations to try with pancakes. So when I was weaning Aaliyah, I was  keen to offer her a healthy, flavoursome alternative – one with natural sugars that she would love. Here it is below, inspired by Caribbean flavours – banana, coconut, allspice and cinnamon. This is a fantastic baby-led weaning recipe for babies from 7 months and up. Great for older children of school age too. So give this one a go with your little one this Pancake Day. It’s healthy, and makes a fab, yummy alternative.

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Seasoned Sweet Potato Fries (V)

Seasoned Sweet Potato FriesThis recipe was a life saver for me and Aaliyah! And it’s delicious!

Gently coated in cinnamon and nutmeg, this yummy sweet potato recipe may help baby with teething pain. It certainly calmed and soothed Aaliyah when she was teething. Nutmeg has widely been used in dentistry for treating pain in teeth (well the compound it contains has been – eugenol). Cinnamon contains analgesic properties – natural pain reliever. So both combined, will have excellent benefits for your little one.

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Pear, Mint and Coriander Chutney (v)

Pear Mint Coriander ChutneySo how many of you are using baby-led weaning for your little one’s weaning journey? Thinking about it, I don’t know know many mums who haven’t used baby-led weaning at some point during their weaning journey with baby. Whether they incorporated baby-led weaning into a daily routine with the traditional purees (spoon-feeding), or solely used the baby-led weaning technique – it’s a great way to get babies interested in their food.

I chose to to use both methods  – traditional purees and finger foods for my little one’s daily weaning routine; it worked really well for us. The spoon-feeding was great as I had peace of mind that Aaliyah was eating her meals. The finger foods were great for experimentation – practising her pincer grip and trying different textures.

I did however notice baby-led weaning recipes didn’t leave much room for taste! Bland, steamed vegetables were great for playing around with, but not so great in the taste department. So to add some much-needed flavour to those poor, bland little cubes of veg, I’ve got a fab no-chilli chutney recipe for you to try.

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Jerk Chicken with Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Jerk Chicken with Baby's Sweet Potato FriesMy regular followers will know about one of my popular recipes for babies and toddlers – Spicy Sweet Potato Fries. Sweet potato fries are delicious and the light dusting of spices in my recipe makes for a great alternative, flavoursome finger food for babies and toddlers.

Whilst babies and toddlers enjoy the yummy taste of the sweet potato nicely complimented by the nutmeg and cinnamon, they are tasty enough for adults too!  Making this finger food a great accompaniment to a family meal.

So I made this for dinner last night – Jerk Chicken with a side of Spicy Sweet Potato Fries and Corn on the Cob.

It was so easy and really tasty. Cooking the sweet potato fries alongside a main family meal means you don’t need to cook different meals for different members of the family… Whilst baby will enjoy munching on the sweet potato fries and pieces of sweetcorn (mashed if necessary), the rest of the family can enjoy a delicious Jerk Chicken meal with all of the trimmings.

Here’s the recipe…

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