Time is precious when you become a Mum. You have a mountain of chores to do and mouths to feed and now you’ve started weaning there’s a new little person to consider when it comes to mealtimes. I spent hours researching quick and easy baby purees that could help me introduce Max to new flavour combinations.
Here’s a few tried and tested recipes and some of Max’s favourites, both sweet and savoury, to get you started on your journey:
Apple and pear with cinnamon (cooking time 6-8 minutes/makes 4 portions)
2 dessert apples
2 ripe pears
4 tbsp pure unsweetened apple juice or water
generous pinch of cinnamon
Peel and chop the fruit and add to saucepan. Mix in the apple juice/water and cinnamon, cover with a lid and cook over a low heat for 6-8 minutes until tender. Blend the mixture to a smooth puree.
Peach, pear and blueberry (cooking time 3-4 minutes/makes 3 portions)
1 ripe peach, skinned, stoned and chopped
1 medium ripe pear, peeled, cored and chopped
2-3 tbsp baby rice
Put the fruit into a small saucepan, cover with lid and cook over a low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Blend the mixture to a smooth puree and stir in the baby rice whilst still hot.
Apple, strawberry and peach (cooking time 5 minutes/makes 4 portions)
1 large dessert apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 large peach, peeled, stoned and chopped
75g strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 tbsp baby rice
Put the fruit into a saucepan, cover with a lid and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes. Blend the mixture to a smooth puree and stir in the baby rice.
See-in-the-dark puree (cooking time 24 minutes/makes 6 portions)
1 small onion, peeled and sliced
25g unsalted butter
450g chopped carrots
350ml vegetable or chicken stock
60ml freshly squeezed orange juice
Saute the onion in the butter until softened. Add the carrots and saute for a further 3-4 minutes. Pour over the stock, bring to the boil, then reduce and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the orange juice then blend the mixture to a puree.
Potato, courgette and pea (cooking time 18 minutes/makes 3 portions)
50g onions, peeled and finely chopped
15g unsalted butter
50g courgettes, trimmed and thinly sliced
150g potatoes, peeled and chopped
125ml vegetable or chicken stock
25g frozen peas
Saute the onion in the butter for 3 minutes. Add the courgettes and saute for a further 1 minute. Add the potatoes, pour over the stock, cover with a lid and simmer for 12 minutes. Add the frozen peas, bring to the boil, then reduce for a further 3 minutes. Blend the mixture to a puree.
Potato, carrot and sweetcorn (cooking time 26 minutes/makes 3 portions)
25g unsalted butter
50g onions, peeled and chopped
175g carrots, peeled and chopped
200g potatoes, peeled and chopped
250ml vegetable or chicken stock
50g tinned or frozen sweetcorn
1-2 tbsp milk
Saute the onion in the butter for 1 minute. Add the carrots and saute for a further 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and stock and cook over a medium heat for 15 minutes. Add the sweetcorn and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Blend the mixture to a puree then stir in the milk.
Chicken with sweet potato and apple (cooking time 20 minutes/makes 4 portions)
15g unsalted butter
40g onions, peeled and chopped
110g chopped chicken breast
300g sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1/2 dessert apple, peeled and chopped
200ml chicken stock
Saute the onion in the butter for 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken and saute for a further 3 minutes. Add the sweet potato, apple and stock. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes. Puree to your desired consistency.
Weaning your baby from milk to solids is an important and exciting milestone for both of you, and it’s a big step forward for your baby as it opens up a whole new world of taste sensations. These are just a few of the great puree recipes I have come across since weaning Max. But there really is no limit when it comes to making purees so go wild and be as experimental as you like.
(All of the above recipes are suitable as first foods for babies 6 months and upwards).