I weaned my daughter with purees at 4 months as she was a hungry little monkey and I was advised to do so by the health visitor, but with my son I had to wait to wean him until he was 6 months and I wanted to try baby led weaning. I knew I wouldn’t have as much time with my son as I did my first born so the idea of him feeding himself appealed to me so we could all eat meals together, and my daughter wouldn’t get jealous that her little brother was getting more attention than her.
Anyway, having discovered that Dexter (my son) loves to feed himself anyway, and will not let us intervene by even trying to feed him, I have been on the hunt for some fab finger foods, other than the basic veg sticks. (The advantage of baby led weaning is that we all eat the same meal together, but when mum and dad fancy a meal together, I make the kids their own special tea).
I came across some great recipes online, and tweaked them so they’d work for us. These 2 are our favourites at the moment:
Sweetcorn Fritters (I didn’t take a pic of these as they were eaten in super quick time!)
I found the original recipe for these here.
1 x 400g can of sweet corn, drained
2 spring onions, roughly chopped
135g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 small handful of fresh herbs (can use dried but fresh taste much better)
(could use basil, mint, parsley, corriander)
Vegetable oil, for frying
Place the 3/4 of the sweetcorn into a food processor along with the eggs, spring onion, flour, baking powder an herbs. Blitz it until it’s all combined and fold through the remaining 1/4 sweetcorn.
Heat a lightly greased fry pan to medium-high heat, ladle tablespoon sized dollops of the mixture into the pan and cook for a couple of minutes, flip and cook the other side until lovely and golden.
The blog these are from (mylovelylittlelunchbox) is great, there are SO many recipes on there, and a great page about ‘getting started’ with baby led weaning.
I have no idea where I found this recipe but the one I followed didn’t work out for me anyway so I made these up, and they turned out great! They look very unappetizing I know but the flavour is good and both kids and even my partner liked these.
This recipe makes a lot so you can halve the quantities if you wish.
4-5 smallish sweet potatoes
500g broccoli (I used frozen but I don’t think it’d matter if it was fresh)
100g cheddar cheese
Black pepper if you wish.
Pre-heat the oven to 210ºC.
Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into small cubes and cook them until tender (I steamed mine but you could boil, just make sure they are drained well). Cook the broccoli until it’s softened.
Add the sweet potato, broccoli and cheese to a bowl and mash until combined and cool then add the egg.
Add the sweet potato, broccoli, cheese and egg to a food processor and blitz until combined.
(I used my food processor as the broccoli wasn’t soft enough so I needed it to be smoother, but if you prefer it to be chunkier then mash by hand.)
You can then either form them into ‘patties’ by hand or dollop (can’t think of a better word) the mixture onto very well greased baking parchment on a baking tray.
Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes (I flipped them over half way).
I did try to fry these but it turned into an absolute mess, although Dexter still ate it!
Both of these can be eaten hot or cold and are also great for lunchboxes, and a fab way of getting veggies into kids (and husbands!) if they aren’t a fan normally. You could effectively add anything into either of these recipes that the kids will eat, e.g. tuna, sweetcorn, peas, carrot, spinach, sprouts, cabbage etc.