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Weaning Advice

3 Quick & Tasty Baby Dinner Recipes

3 min read

When you’re busy juggling everything that life throws at you, spending more time in the kitchen than is necessary can be less than ideal. Here at Babease, we know how useful super quick dinners for your little one can be. Our easy baby dinner recipes don’t compromise on flavour or nutrition but will save you a bit of time and effort!

These recipes are perfect for little ones during stages 2 or 3 of the weaning journey. 

Pea Pasta

This recipe will take you no time at all to whip up and can accommodate many additions if you want to experiment with flavours. 

You Will Need: 

  • 50g pasta shapes
  • 1tbsp frozen peas
  • 50g cream cheese
  • dash of milk
  • sprinkle of cheese

Method: 

  1. Boil a pan of water and cook your pasta per the packet instructions. Add the frozen peas three minutes before the pasta has finished cooking.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, melt the cream cheese in a separate pan. Add a dash of milk to this creamy sauce. 
  3. Drain the pasta and peas before adding them to the sauce. Stir well and top with a bit of cheese when you’re ready to serve.

There you have it! Keep this one in your back pocket for when there just aren’t enough hours in the day. 

Babease Top Tips 

This is a fairly neutral but tasty dinner that lends itself really well to customisation. Why not add some of your little one’s favourite vegetables to create a veggie-packed super dish? Or you could make a colour-specific dish by adding only green vegetables like broccoli, courgettes or leeks, for example. 

Some cooked pasta

Butternut Squash and Chickpea Mash 

This is a nice hearty dinner to help welcome in those colder evenings. The simple mash is easy to make and a joy to taste!

You Will Need:

  • 350g butternut squash 
  • 200g chickpeas (canned)
  • 50g onion (finely chopped) 
  • A drizzle of olive oil

Method: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  2. Warm the squash in the microwave for 5 minutes until tender.
  3. Put the squash in a roasting tin with a splash of olive oil and the chopped onion and roast for 7 minutes until golden.
  4. Drain the chickpeas and add to the roasting dish. Cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and mash to the desired consistency. 

Babease Top Tips

When mashing, you could leave some bigger lumps to provide an interesting and varied texture for your little one to play around with. For some different flavours, you could swap the butternut squash with sweet potato or parsnip. Why not try a combination of lightly roasted veggies? 

A bowl of chickpea mash

Chicken and Lentil Stew 

This is one of those handy recipes where you can just chuck everything into a pot to simmer away for a couple of minutes. In the end, you’re left with a yummy dinner with minimal effort!

You Will Need:

  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 2 sticks of celery (diced)
  • 200g potato (cubed)
  • 150g tinned puy lentils
  • 200g chicken breast (cut into chunks) 
  • 1litre chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried tarragon
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • drizzle of olive oil

Method:

  1. Warm your oil in a saucepan and cook the chicken until lightly browned. Add the onion, garlic and celery and cook until soft.
  2. Add the lentils, potatoes, stock and herbs and bring to the boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Simmer on a low heat for 20 further minutes. To finish, add a squeeze of lemon and chop or mash to your desired texture. 

Babease Top Tips

For this recipe, you could experiment with different lentils to diversify the taste and texture of the dish. If your little one doesn’t eat meat, the chicken could easily be swapped out for more vegetables like parsnip or carrot.

A pot of stew

These quick and simple dinner recipes are sure to get your little one’s taste buds jumping for joy. Why not explore some of our other favourite recipes to get inspired?

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