Jamie’s Favourite Vegetarian Dishes (6-9 Months) Part I

Jamie is 8 months now and in the past few months I have experimented with cooking my own baby food.  The first stage of weaning has passed (read about it in another post) and in the second stage (from about 6 to 9 months), a greater variety of foods is introduced: all kinds of vegetables, fish, meat, pulses and milk products.  In addition, the food texture should be increasingly lumpy and baby starts to enjoy playing around with finger food.

I want Jamie’s home-cooked food to be nutritious, healthy and tasty and I am keen to introduce as many new flavours as possible. (To me as a foodie, my culinary nightmare is a kid that only eats pasta with butter until he is 7 and is unwilling to try new food).

I have managed so far to keep ready-made baby meals to a minimum.  Even though they are super-practical they taste like rubbish and I don’t want my baby to eat something that I wouldn’t touch with a barge pole).

The following recipes are the ones that Jamie loved.  They should serve as an inspiration and not exact instructions.  Ingredients can be readily substituted and spices and herbs left out or added.  Also amounts of ingredients should just serve as a guideline.  Particularly the amount of fluid (I use either water, low-sodium stock or full fat cow’s milk) is relative to the size of e.g. potatoes you use.  Don’t forget that you can always add more but you can’t really thicken a soupy purée (and try to feed soup with a tiny weaning spoon to a squirming baby….)

Note:  dishes based on fruit need almost no added liquid (fruits have such a high water content that any added water makes the purée to liquidly), vegetables need some and fish and meat a lot of added fluid.

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If you create your own recipes for baby food, remember the following points:

- particularly for vegetable-only dishes, it’s important that they contain some unsaturated oils (particularly healthy are rapeseed and olive oil).  This is not only because your baby needs the calories, but also because vitamin A, D, E and K can only be absorbed together with oil.

- dishes should contain something with higher calorie content and carbohydrates, such as potatoes, fish, meat, tofu or pulses.

- Stay clear of salt (babies don’t know it and therefore won’t miss it) and don’t add sugar.  Natural sugars coming from fruits and vegetables are of course fine.  Also avoid honey, low-fat milk products and non-pasteurised cheese.  Some countries recommend to avoid cow’s milk products in the first year.  In the UK, the recommendation is that small amounts of cow’s milk is fine, as long as it is not drunk instead of breast milk/infant formula.

- Your creation should be easy to purée and not produce glue-like substances.  You’ll know what I mean…

- always make more and freeze, then it is almost no work (a couple of hours once a week and you are sorted)

- there is absolutely no reason to serve baby bland food.  You don’t like it, so why should poor baby?

- in the end, everything goes.  Even if you are the most atrocious cook, baby will most probably eat it and it will still be better for him than ready-made baby food.  Get him used to your cooking rather sooner than later.

For more information and inspiration, I recommend sites such as Annabel Karmel, or Wholesome Baby Food. 

 

Italian Bean Stew

This recipe produces a lovely sauce also for older kids or adults which can be eaten with pasta or some steamed rice.

  • 150g of Borlotti beans
  •  2 spring onions
  • ½ clove of garlic
  • ½ red pepper
  •  3 tomatoes, skinned (or low salt canned tomatoes)
  •  2 small potatoes
  • a sprig of fresh or a pinch of dried thyme
  • a sprig of fresh parsley
  • olive oil
  1. Heat olive oil in a sauce pan and sauté chopped spring onions for about 3-4 minutes and garlic for the last 30 seconds.
  2. Add chopped peppers, skinned and chopped tomatoes, diced potatoes and thyme, pour over a little water or low sodium vegetable stock and bring to the boil.
  3. Simmer until the potatoes are cooked
  4. Add beans and parsley and simmer for a further 3-5 minutes
  5. Puree with hand blender for younger babies and mash with fork for older ones.

 

Kohlrabi-Potato Mash

This is one of Jamie’s favourites, prepared with fresh kohlrabi from my mum’s garden.  It convinces with its beautiful smooth consistency and, with a little salt, would be a great purée to be served with meat.

  •  1 large kohlrabi
  •  3 medium sized potatoes
  • ~ 400 ml of water/full-fat milk mixed (1:1)
  • a splash of cream
  • a tbsp of fresh dill
  1. Peel potatoes and kohlrabi and cut both into roughly 1 cm slices.
  2. Put vegetables in a pan, cover with some of the water/milk mix and bring to the boil
  3. Simmer until potatoes and kohlrabi are tender, adding more water/milk mix if needed.  Don’t add all the fluid at once, as you don’t want the end product to be too liquidly.
  4. When the vegetables are cooked, add chopped dill and a splash of cream.
  5. Puree with hand blender for younger babies and mash with fork for older ones.

 

Baby Sag Aloo

That recipe is very delicious and Jamie can’t get enough of it.  I have made it many times by now.

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  • half an onion or one shallot
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 3-5 peeled potatoes
  • 200 g fresh spinach
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • a splash of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
  1. Fry onions in vegetable oil until soft (3-5 min), then add ginger and spices and sauté for another minute
  2. Add diced potatoes and cover with water, bring to the boil.
  3. Simmer until potatoes are tender (add more water if needed), then stir in spinach and simmer for another couple of minutes.
  4. When finished, add a splash of fresh lemon juice.
  5. Puree with hand blender for younger babies and mash with fork for older ones.

 

 

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3 Responses to Jamie’s Favourite Vegetarian Dishes (6-9 Months) Part I

  1. 3cmum says:

    Looks and sounds yummy. Just to depress you Iona for example loved mushrooms until she started school and then peer pressure made her stop. Its now nearly 10 years later that I am finally getting her to like them. Time wins out. BTW she ate at her first 3 star Michelin on holiday and we now have a mini gourmet on our hands..

    • Ute says:

      Thanks! I’m glad Iona is turning into a foodie, you should send her for an apprenticeship to hungry in London :) ! I do find your mushroom story depressing. You are doing a lot right though when I think how Allegra wolfed down the 90% dark chocolate. I was impressed!

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