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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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FREE Garden Vegetable Paella Family Meal Recipe Card

Happy Friday! I only have 5 days until book launch and I wanted to give you all a little something from it. I’ve created a fab free downloadable recipe card for my Simple Garden Vegetable Paella recipe for you to print out and make at home.

This is a lovely enticing, bright yellow Spanish recipe suitable for the whole family (babies from 12 months). Super quick – this recipe is ready in 25 minutes and serves a family of 4 or 5. Key ingredients for my Asian twist and to boost the flavour include – saffron, turmeric, garlic, lemon, lime, parsley and chilli flakes – if you’re feeling daring!

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Thai Chicken Curry – Stage 3

thai-chicken-curryOnly 7 days to go until book launch! Eek! Super duper excited, I hope you are too. To help you get an idea of the range of recipes in The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook, here is another recipe I’d like to share. My Thai Chicken Curry recipe suitable for babies from 10 months onwards.

Generally I find curries always tend to go down well with babies and toddlers – Aaliyah always lapped them up. Something about the combination of delicious flavours and a lovely aromatic curry sauce means it tastes amazing and is easy for babies to eat. I used these recipes to spoon-feed Aaliyah, but also for baby-led weaning. I’d simply hand Aaliyah her little spoon, and she’d happily feed herself. Give it a try, I hope you and your little one enjoy.

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Beetroot and Broccoli Mash – Stage 2

beetroot-and-broccoli-mashSo I’m at count down now with book launch number 2 – 10 days to go! Whilst every time I think about the launch, my heart is literally pounding out of my chest [I’m that scared!], I am also very excited and proud at the same time. It really is a fab book, and I’m really excited to hear all your thoughts about it. Please feel free to leave me comments below.

So onto my recipe! This is a delicious, mildly sweet yet earthy tasting two-veg mash taken from my cookbook – The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook. Perfect for tickling a baby’s sweet and savoury taste buds. Beetroot may encourage the production of disease-fighting white blood cells and contains folic acid and iron. Broccoli is also rich in vitamin C while turmeric is known as an anti-inflammatory spice. With all these immune-boosting ingredients, this yummy mash may help to keep colds and flu at bay. Suitable for babies from 7 months.

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Tilapia with Mango and Lime Sauce – Stage 2

tilapia-with-mango-and-lime-sauceSweet and yummy! This protein-rich fish dish is high in a range of B vitamins and will go down a treat with your little one. Suitable for babies from 7 months onwards (Stage 2).

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Kiwi, Mint and Lime Puree for Babies

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Super excited friends! My brand new weaning cookbook – The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook, will be released in just a few weeks time (2nd March)! So I thought I’d give you a taster of some of the recipes. Starting with some delicious, puree recipes.

This Kiwi, Mint and Lime puree recipe is suitable for babies from 6 months, after first tastes and mixed-ingredient purees have been accepted.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one! It’s a beautiful puree – fresh, sweet, sour and uplifting. Kiwis and limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, necessary for cold and flu protection. The mint is fresh-tasting and aids digestion. A wonderful combination of flavours.

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