I’m having so much fun with this weaning journey. The kitchen reno has certainly made things difficult and I really struggled with coming up with meals in the midst of dust and chaos. You’ll see in my latest video how fed up I am by the end of it hahaha. That being said though, it’s now all done and I can’t wait to start cooking up a storm again! We just did a food shop and if you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen my SUPER organised list of bits that I gave Adam to take with him, with particular importance on Casey’s meals.
Last month was definitely a find-something-in-the-fridge-and-just-make-it-work kind of month, and C’s meals were no exception. You can definitely tell from the meals that I share on the video, but I thought I’d break them down here for you anyway, if you wanted to try them yourself!
PASTA WITH TOMATO AND COURGETTE SAUCE:
Cook chunks of tomato, courgette and fine pieces of onion in a pan with a smidge of olive oil and a dash of garlic. Depending on the age of your baby/toddler and how comfortable you feel about giving them pieces of veg that small, you can skip the blending part. If your baby is a bit smaller, go ahead and throw your cooked mixture into the blender and blend to your desired consistency.
You can make as much of this as you like and freeze the rest – the perfect quick and easy meal for both you and your baby if you’re like me and struggle to think of fun meals!
Finally, just cook your pasta (whether that be regular pasta or baby pasta), mix and your meal is done! Feel free to add cucumber or avocado as a side!
JACKET POTATO WITH TUNA AND CHEESE:
Cook your jacket potato as you usually would – I usually prick the jacket and stick it in the microwave for 10 minutes, and then in the oven, covered in foil, for an additional 20. Usually, one whole jacket potato will feed Casey for two meals, so I cut it in half and scoop the inside out and mix with a bit of unsalted butter.
You can use any topping you want, but for this particular meal, I gave Casey a teaspoon full of tuna, grated cheese and a bit of cucumber on the side. This can be spoon fed or you can allow your baby to just pick at what they fancy on the plate!
Guys, pick any veg that you fancy adding to your fritters and boil! For Casey, I went with sweet potato chunks, courgette and broccoli. I also made corn for this meal that I cut into four long pieces (with great effort :)) for C to just suck on.
Once your veg has boiled, pop it all into a bowl, add a bit of cheese if you fancy, egg, some flour and mix.
Once you’ve done that, add a bit of olive oil or oil spray to a pan and spoon dollops of the mixture into the pan like you would mini pancakes et voila! Add whatever sides you like!
If you fancy making your paella from scratch, go ahead but I am such an amateur when it comes to cooking, I stick to the microwave pouches – sorry! Tilda Kids rice pouches are perfect for this type of meal and Casey’s a huge fan of them! Get yourself one of their paella pouches and add whatever meat (or none, if you prefer) – for us, we usually go for prawns or chicken and in the video, I believe I threw a bit of chicken in the airfryer, cut it up and mixed it in with the rice.
Again, add whatever side you fancy – Casey loves a bit of tomato with this dish!
SWEET POTATO AND RICE BALLS WITH AVO & TOMATO:
Cut up your sweet potato and pop it in some water to boil! Fry off chunks of green pepper (add whatever other veg you fancy – remember, these little meals are so easy to modify!) and add your rice. Here, I used another rice and grains pounch from Morrisons that included quinoa!
Throw your sweet potato, rice and pepper in a blender and blend to your desired consistency (preferably a bit on the thicker side to ensure you can make little balls). Et voila! Ball up, add slices of tomato and avo and you’re good to go!
I hope this was helpful! I’ll definitely have a think of our favourite breakfast and lunch meals to share with you soon! You can find the video over on my Youtube.