Creamy banana porridge
200g porridge oats
300ml skimmed milk
2 large ripe bananas
200g raspberries (thawed or frozen)
4 tbsp low-fat lower sugar yoghurt
Put the porridge oats into a saucepan with the milk
and water. Heat, stirring constantly, until the porridge
Reduce the heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes,
Meanwhile, mash the bananas in a bowl, using a fork
Stir half into the porridge.
Add the raspberries (or thawed frozen summer berries) to the rest of the
banana and squash them a little with the fork
Share the porridge between 6 warm bowls
Avocado and yoghurt dip
Nothing works better as a dip than avocado – and all you need to mash it is a fork! Avocado dip is also a good source of healthy fat (monounsaturated fat).
Half a ripe avocado
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp yoghurt (or add until it’s the right consistency)
Blend all the ingredients together and use as dip for baby breadsticks and cooked carrot batons.
Sweet potato and cheese mash
This colourful mash is packed with beta-carotene and also contains calcium and vitamin C.
120g sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
25g hard cheese, such as cheddar, grated
Boil the vegetables together until just tender, then mash or puree along with the cheese
Cottage cheese and pea mash
This light meal is so easy to prepare, and though simple, it’s full of goodness. Peas are a source of iron, zinc, vitamin E, fibre, folic acid, and most other B vitamins.
50g frozen peas
50g low salt cottage cheese
Cook the peas until just tender. Mash together with the cottage cheese and serve with fingers of bread or rice cakes.
Salmon and broccoli mash
A good recipe if you want to introduce oily fish into your baby’s diet. It is packed full of omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, and beta-carotene. These quantities will make eight servings.
1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
10 small broccoli florets
100g fresh skinless salmon, filleted and de-boned (alternatively, use non-oily fish, such as haddock or cod)
Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan, add the sweet potato and broccoli, and simmer for eight minutes to 10 minutes until tender. Place the milk and fish in a frying pan and bring to the boil, then simmer for eight minutes until cooked. Finally, mash the cooked fish into the milk and add the drained and mashed vegetables. Process until it’s the right consistency for your baby, adding milk if preferred.
Lentil with orange
This colourful, nutritious mixture contains iron, beta-carotene and vitamin C.
50ml orange juice
Pinch of cinnamon
Pour water over the lentils. Cover and cook gently for 20 minutes or until the lentils are soft. Drain off a little fluid using a sieve and return the drained lentils to the pan. Stir in the orange juice and cinnamon, and return briefly to the heat