Flavour-led weaning, as I now call it, developed as a result of weaning my daughter Aaliyah a few years back. Of course I didn’t realise at the time that’s what I was doing. The closest I could get to explaining it was referring to it as Indian Baby Food – weaning with aromatic flavours, herbs and spices. But actually, I was doing more than that. I wasn’t only feeding my little one Indian food (those of you who have my first book ‘Easy Indian Super Meals’ will know this), I was feeding her a range of different cuisines – Spanish, Italian, British, but all with an aromatic-Indian twist based on my culinary heritage, to keep Aaliyah’s palate as broad as possible, and to keep mealtimes fun and interesting.
I developed flavoursome weaning recipes because the weaning books, websites, blogs and forums I was researching when I started Aaliyah’s weaning journey were quite frankly, bland, boring and nothing like family meals I cooked at home. It seemed strange, to me, to wean her with meals that were completely unlike meals I would be feeding her in the future, and was convinced I would have a battle on my hands when I transitioned her over to our family meals – offering her flavours she had never tried before, and yet expecting her to eat them with no protest.
I’m very excited to say my new revised and updated edition of Easy Indian Super Meals for Babies, Toddlers and the Family (Ebury press) is now available for pre-order from Amazon UK (released 7th July 2016). This edition includes:
- Updated UK Department of Health guidelines
- Updated weaning advice
- Updated nutritional information
- NEW one week meal plan – transition your baby safely over from stage 1 weaning, to weaning with baby-friendly spices and new flavours.
As I was growing up it was always a tradition in my home to have a nice big family breakfast on a weekend – Saturday or Sunday morning (sometimes both). I remember as a child I’d always look forward to our weekend breakfasts. It was much nicer than simply have cereal in the mornings (which was nice), but associated with quick school morning breakfasts. Now my little one has started school for the very first time (just last week), I’m keen to carry on this family tradition with my own family. So the big weekend breakfast mornings have begun.
I rustled this omelette up very quickly on Sunday morning and it went down a treat with everyone. Protein-rich, full of yummy fresh vegetables and a little spice for extra flavour. This omelette is great for the whole family including babies and toddlers, particularly for baby-led weaning. It’s healthy and the best part – it’s a one-pot (or one-pan in this case) family meal which means less pots to wash (hassle-free)! It also makes a fab healthy breakfast for those searching for satisfying and tasty carb-free meals, so it ticks a lot of boxes! Here’s the recipe – enjoy!
Here’s a lovely, light summer muffin recipe I love and really enjoy cooking during the summer months. This savoury muffin is great for the whole family including baby so it’s definitely worth adding to your weekly meal planner! Muffins are great for baby-led weaning and as this recipe is so delicious and simple to prepare, it will be a firm favourite with everyone in the family.
The paprika in this recipe is mild and adds a distinct flavour for baby. The cheese I like to use is simple, yet effective… Cheddar cheese – a staple in everyone’s household. And if it currently isn’t in your fridge, it really should be! It’s yummy and very, very versatile! My little one loves this muffin – hope yours does too! x
Well it hasn’t exactly been barbecue weather recently so I opted to pan-fry this yummylicious fish instead! Sea bass is by far one of my absolute FAVOURITE fishes. As with all fish it’s quick to cook, tastes delicious, and barbecues really well too. Whilst it is a fab source of protein, is low in fat, and packed with omega-3 fatty acids – the Department of Health recommends eating sea bass as a ‘treat’ as it contains similar levels of pollutants as oily fish. So whilst it is safe for children occasionally, it’s best to cook with alternative fishes such as white fish (cod, coley, pollack, haddock) if you like to cook fish for your family on a regular basis. Feel free to use my marinade with white fish too – it tastes great! Enjoy!!
It’s beautiful outside (most days), the temperature is up and our British summer is well and truly underway! Which means it’s a great time consider weaning baby with fresh, locally sourced summer fruits and vegetables readily available in the supermarkets. Or if you’re a keen gardener, from your very own back garden! Weaning baby during the summer months also means light, fresh meals will go down really well.