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Weaning – How to introduce spices into a baby’s diet

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When I decided to introduce spices into my little one’s diet I did wonder about the best method to use when doing this. If I was to include two or three spices in one of her meals, how would I know (if she reacted to any of them) which one she was allergic to?

Thankfully this wasn’t an issue as my little one isn’t allergic to anything (that I am aware of), but at the time there was no way of knowing this.

So, better to be safe than sorry I say! I chose to follow the ‘four day rule’ as I did when I first introduced solid food into my little one’s diet. And I would ALWAYS recommend that you do the same. For example, introduce a spice cooked within food and serve to your little one. Then wait four days before introducing another one.

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Easy Indian SuperMeals – Veggie Korma (V)

With just THREE weeks to go until Easy Indian SuperMeals for babies, toddlers and the family is released, I’ll be sharing an exclusive recipe from the book with you each week until RELEASE DAY! (Mon 8th Sept).

The first recipe is my Veggie Korma recipe. This recipe was much loved by Aaliyah in the early stages of weaning when she was just 7 months old. It’s so easy to cook and you can freeze the remaining servings for a later stage. Yum! It’s a very flavoursome meal and is perfect for introducing subtle, new flavours into your little one’s diet. As mentioned it’s suitable for weaning babies from 7 months and up.

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Veggie Korma (V)

I love this recipe! It’s simple, nutritious and includes the subtle and naturally sweet taste of the exotic coconut. Not widely accepted as a SuperFood just yet due to its fat content; coconuts are antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal (great for nappy rash protection) and boost energy and immune system function. Equally coconuts are rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals. With all of these health benefits and more, coconuts are definitely SuperFoods in my opinion.

Veggie Korma

Total preparation and cooking time: 30mins
Suitable for freezing
Makes 4 servings

 

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tomato – washed, deseeded, grated
Pinch of ground turmeric
Pinch of ground cumin
¼ tsp minced garlic
1 medium white potato – washed, peeled, cubed
2 tbsp unsweetened desiccated coconut
200ml (7fl oz) of water
1 medium carrot – peeled, washed, chopped
40g (1½oz) peas – frozen, washed

 

Heat the oil in a pot and add the tomato, turmeric, cumin, garlic and stir-fry for 1-2mins. Add the potato, coconut and water. Stir and bring to the boil. Simmer (covered) on low heat for 15-20mins until tender. Then mash and set aside.

Whilst the potato is boiling, steam the carrot and peas in either a steamer or in the microwave by placing them in a microwavable dish and adding 2 tablespoons of water. Cover the dish with either a lid (leaving a small vent) or cling film (piercing a few holes), and steam on high for 1-1½mins. Drain and add to the mashed potato. Further mash or blend as necessary using a pulse motion. Serve to baby warm.

 

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Recipe extract from Easy Indian SuperMeals for babies, toddlers and the family available for pre-order now from Amazon.

Recommended by Prima Baby & Pregnancy Magazine and Mother & Baby.

 

Home-made baby food is best, Asian baby food is better.

I was extremely pleased to see this in the London Metro on Tuesday.

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In a nutshell (as you have probably already heard) NEW medical research undertaken by the department of human nutrition at the University of Glasgow have found (well more like re-confirmed) big brand baby food such as Ella’s Kitchen, Cow and Gate and so on contain far less nutrients than home cooked baby food. Not a huge surprise, let’s be honest, but it is great that home made baby food is back in the spotlight.

Weaning is a massively important time for introducing babies to new tastes and textures and introducing children to Asian flavours is a great way to do this. Authentic Asian dishes tend to be aromatic and flavourful so they are perfect for weaning and for exciting young palates. Add a pinch of coriander or a dash of cinnamon to baby food, and any parent can transform the taste and experience of meals for children from seven months up.

And if that wasn’t enough, spices have amazing health benefits. For example, cinnamon is great for teething pains and cumin is great for cold and flu protection. So have a go at my Yummy Spiced Potato Pie recipe from my book ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook‘ and see how your baby gets on. x

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Yummy Spiced Potato Pie (V) — Stage 2: 7 months plus

This Indian influenced potato pie is lightly flavoured with lots of traditional, fragrant spices which complement the white and sweet potato beautifully. Bursting with beta-carotene goodness, this pie is great for healthy eyes and skin. The peas too provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties making this fluffy, scrummy pie wonderfully nutritious.

Superfoods included – white potato, sweet potato, onion, garlic, peas
SuperSpices included – turmeric, cumin, coriander, black pepper

Yummy Spiced potato pie

Total preparation and cooking time: 20mins

Makes 4-5 servings

Suitable for freezing

 

1 medium white potato — washed, peeled, cubed

1 medium sweet potato — washed, peeled, cubed

1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion — peeled, finely chopped

¼ tsp minced garlic

Pinch of ground turmeric

Pinch of ground cumin

Pinch of ground coriander

Pinch of ground black pepper

60g (2½oz) peas — frozen, washed

1 tsp unsalted butter

2 tbsp of whole milk

 

Place the white and sweet potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer (uncovered) on medium-high heat for 10-12mins until tender.

Whilst the potatoes are boiling, in a frying pan, heat the oil and add the onion. Stir-fry on medium-low heat for 3-4mins until soft and golden.

Add the garlic, turmeric, cumin, coriander, black pepper and stir-fry continuously for 30secs-1min to lightly cook the spices and set aside.

Next steam the peas in a steamer or in the microwave by placing them in a microwavable dish and adding 2 tablespoons of water. Cover the dish with either a lid (leaving a small vent) or cling film (piercing a few holes), and steam in the microwave on high for 1-1½mins until tender. Once cooked, drain the excess water and set aside.

Once the potatoes are cooked, drain, place in a bowl and add the peas, butter and spoon in the milk and mash the potatoes until smooth.

Add the spiced onion to the mash and combine together for a creamy, tasty pie.

If the consistency of the pie is too heavy for your little one, add some extra milk. Serve to baby warm.

 

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