​Chicken Fingers

Chicken Fingers – A perfect finger food for baby-led-weaning, lunchboxes and family parties. 

Suitable from 8-9 months plus due to the texture.  

These egg free chicken fingers a.k.a meatballs were a big hit with the boys! I usually make little burger size but Lilbro prefers them in finger shape. These are great to sneak in with loads of different veggies. Both fussy eaters approved! 


Ingredients

  • 400 gr ground chicken meat (I used the meat from the thighs and put in the food processor) 
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh spinach
  • 2 medium carrots (grated)
  • 1/4 cup parsley (finely chopped)
  • 5 large mint leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1 large shallot / onion (finely diced)
  • juice of half large lemon
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats (blitz in a food processor)
  • 2-3 tbsp of flour for coating (I used whole spelt flour)
  • Salt to taste (omit for babies under 12m old, they taste really good even without salt!)
  • olive oil for frying

Method

  1. Mix them all together in a large bowl. If you prefer the veggies to be smoother so that the meatballs are easier for your baby to chew then blend everything in a food processor .
  2. Pour the flour in to a large and flattish bowl or food container. Shape the the meat to your desired shape and coat them all over with flour.  The flour gives them a nice golden colour and also keeps the fingers/burgers from going too dark / burn. 
  3. Heat up a large frying pan, add oil and fry in medium heat until done. It took me about 15-20 minutes. Squeeze the other half of the lemon over the fingers (optional).
  4. Suitable for freezing. ❄

Enjoy! 

Kat 

Coconut Oat Sweet Potato Waffles 

Super delicious glutenfree Coconut Oat Sweet Potato Waffles. 

Suitable for BLW babies from 7 months providing no egg allergy.

There is so much goodness in these waffles and it’s the only way to get my kids to eat sweet potato. It was one of their favourite puree food when we did weaning but somehow their taste bud changed. 😦 

Why are sweet potato so good for you?

They are rich in beta carotid which is an antioxidant, a substance that is not only able to fight free radicals, substances that fight cancer.  The more intense the colour, it has more antioxidant.  Choose colourful sweet potato, especially the purple and red.

These waffles are fluffy and not too sweet which we like as we could top them with fruits of our choice or with nut butter. Our chosen toppings were strawberries for Big Bro, banana and chia seeds for Lil Bro, almond butter and hemp seeds for me. You can’t go wrong with toppings,  the sky is your limit! 

Ingredients 

Dry 

  • 1 cup gluten free oat flour or flour of choice
  • 2 tbsps coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt (avoid for babies under 12 months old)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

      Wet

      • 1 medium sweet potato (steamed or cooked and leave to cool down) 
      • 2 free range eggs
      • 1 tsp vanilla essence / powder
      • 2 tbsp maple syrup (avoid for babies under 12 months old)
      • 1/4 tsp pink salt
      • 1/2 cup oat milk or milk of choice
      • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

      Method

      1. In a large bowl mix together all the dry ingredients. In a blender, blend sweet potato, eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, coconut oil, and oat milk.
      2. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until just combined.
      3. Cook in waffle iron machine.
      4. Suitable for freezing. 

        Enjoy! 

        Kat xx

        Rösti (Rosti) with Salmon & Vegetables 

        Rösti with Salmon & Vegetable,  some may call these fritters. Either way this is a really delicious meal! 

        Suitable for BLW from 7-8 months up (if no egg allergy). 

        This dish, with or without salmon is now Lilbro’s favourite. Every time I served this to him, he would wolf it down within 5 minutes and licks his plate clean!

        Rösti is typical Swiss dish consisting mainly of potatoes in the style of a fritter. It was originally a breakfast dish, commonly eaten by farmers. 

        Having lived in Zürich for 3.5 years this was one of my favourite Swiss food. The traditional Rösti is just grated potatoes but I have tweaked it to add salmon, carrots and zucchini. My boys don’t eat these vegetables if I serve them separately, hence, I must always hide them somehow. 

        I hope you get to try these as they have become a favourite at home!

        TIP! – I have use parboiled potatoes as it’s quicker to cook through, but feel free to use raw potatoes.It just takes a bit longer to fry. 

        Served 2 adults and 2 toddlers.


        Ingredients 

        • 4-5 large potatoes approximately 500-600gr (you can use parboiled* or raw potatoes  (peeled & grated)
        • 2 medium carrots (peeled & grated)
        • 1 small zucchini  (grated)
        • 300 gr salmon filet
        • 1 small onion (finely diced)
        • 1 tsp pink / sea salt 
        • 1 tsp garlic powder
        • 1 tsp cumin powder 
        • 2 eggs
        • 2 tbsp corn / potato starch 
        • coconut oil or olive oil for frying 

        *Parboild potatoes – Cook the potatoes half the time you would normally cook and keep the skin on. 


          Method

          1. Peel the potatoes and carrots first, then grate them and put in separate bowl, grate the zucchini and move over to the carrot bowl.
          2. Place the grated parboiled or raw potatoes in a large and deep bowl.
          3. Heat up a large non-stick frying at medium heat with some oil. Add grated carrots and zucchini, saute until they are almost soft.
          4. Add salmon, salt, pepper and lemon juice to the pan, keep stiring and break the salmon pieces up until everything is well combined. This shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes. Don’t overcook the salmon.
          5. Transfer the salmon mixture over to the potatoes, add the beaten eggs and cornstarch and give it a good mix.
          6. Back to the frying pan – scoop the batter with a tablespoon and gently place it in the pan, then flatten it with the spoon and mould it to a round shape. Repeat this process until the pan is filled.
          7. Fry for approximately 2-3 minutes or until golden brown then flip over.

            Enjoy! 

            Kat xx 

            Balanced Weeknight Meal 

             

            A Balanced Weeknight Meal for the whole family packed with vegetables, anti inflammatory spice and super food.

            The chicken meatballs are suitable for BLW babies from 8-9 month+ due to the chia seed.

            The chicken meatballs are egg free as I’ve used chia egg and it worked like real egg! I also didn’t use any breach crumbs. They are packed with carrot, apple and turmeric, really so delicious to munch on!

            Can you guess how many veggies there are in this meal?

            FIVE + APPLE + CHIA SEEDS! You can’t tell can you! Nor could my two fussy eaters ! 😉  #winwin #momwin

            I served :

            • Cucumber
            • Cauliflower & Potato Mash
            • Chicken Meatballs  (recipe below)

            They cleaned up their oogaababy divider plates.

            Ingredient

            • 2 medium chicken breast (finely chopped or use a food processor to blitz)
            • 1 apple (peeled & grated)
            • 1 large carrot (grated)
            • 2 large shallots (finely diced)
            • 3/4 tsp pink salt (avoid for babies under 12m old)
            • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
            • 1/2 tsp tumeric powder (optional)
            • 1/4 tsp cumin powder (optional)
            • 1 chia egg (1 tbp chia seed soaked in 1/2 cup of water for 15 mins)
            • olive oil for frying


            Method

            1. Finely chopped the chicken breasts or use a food processor to blitz until your desired consistency.
            2. Add the rest of the ingredients and use a spoon to mix until well combined.
            3. Fry over medium heat until cooked through.

            Enjoy!

            Kat xy

             

            Apple & Cheese Waffles

            Delicious Apple & Cheese Waffles

            I would serve these for BLW babies 7-8m+ providing they don’t have any egg & dairy allergies. These make a really delicious breakfast or snacks for toddlers and adults too and they are 100% sugar free!

            I have wanted a waffle machine for over a year now, but we just don’t have the space in our tiny kitchen! Last month, finallly bought myself a waffle machine! My own Christmas present. Hahaha! It’s actually a 4 in 1 machine which also makes  sandwiches, paninis and doughnuts so I thought space or no space I’m getting this bad boy!

            I made these delicious waffles for the boys and myself for breakfast one weekend and we all loved them! The recipe was inspired and adapted from my very talented mama Instagram friend @cookingforgrey Maple Pear Cheese Waffles, she is the ultimate waffle queen!

             

            Ingredients

            WET MIX

            • 2 small Gala apples (grated) or other sweet apples
            • 1/4 cup grated cheese of your choice (I used gruyer)
            • 1 tbsp maple syrup
            • 1 large organic egg
            • 2 tbsp milk

            DRY MIX

            •  1/2 flour of your choice (I used spelt)
            • 1/2 tsp baking powder

             

            Method

            1. Mix the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Move the dry mix to the wet mix and mix and until well combined.
            2. Add one heap of tablespoon each side to  the pre-oiled waffle maker. The timing depends on the brand, it took my one 5 minutes to brown.

             

            Enjoy!

            Kat xx

             

            Vegan One Pot Vegetables Rice 

            Here is another “One Pot Meal” – I love one pot meals, especially the ones that go into the oven.  This vegan one pot vegetables rice is so delicious and is my go for meals. It has never let me down, the rice always turns out super fluffy and flavoursome!   My whole family loves it. 

            When Lilbro was still a baby, I used to make separate a small portions in ramekins before adding salt. This was one of his favourite BLW dish. 🙂 

            Suitable for babies 7 months and above. 

            Ingredients

            • 200gr mushrooms (thinly sliced)
            • 1/2 butternut squash / 2 large carrots (peeled & grated) 
            • 1 small zucchini (peeled & grated)
            • 1 small onion (diced)
            • 3 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
            • 1 cup basmati rice (or long grain rice, rinse properly)
            • 2 cups of vegetable stock
            • 1/4 cashew cream (I used homemade)
            • 1/2 tsp salt (no added salt for babies under 12m)
            • 1/2 tbsp fresh thyme (optional)
            • 1 tbsp chopped parsley (optional)
            • olive oil


            Method

            1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. In a large frying pan heat up oil and sauté onion, butternut squash and zucchini ovet medium heat until softened, add garlic, stir fry for 1 min. 
            2. Move everything into a baking tray. Add raw rice, 1/4tsp salt, cashew cream to the baking tray. Mix well.
            3. Back to the frying pan add a bit more oil, add mushrooms and sauté until they have shrunk in shape, add 1/4 tsp salt and stir fry until cooked. 
            4. Top the rice mixture with the mushrooms. Cover tightly with foil.
            5. Bake for 45 mins or until the rice is done. Taste the rice half way, add more liquid if your rice needs it and bake for a bit longer.
            6. Let sit for 10 minutes.

              Enjoy!

              Kat xx

              Easy One Pot Quinoa

              Week nights mean easy and quick meals and preferably under 1 hour to from the kitchen to the dinner table. You can’t go wrong with this easy one pot quinoa.

              This recipe was developed when I only had very few ingredients left to cook with as it was one day before my food shopping day.

              Suitable for BLW babies 8m+ due to the acidity of the tomatoes, but yummy enough for the whole family!

              Boiling quinoa on its own can be fairly boring and quite tasteless unless it’s accompanied by a tasty sauce, stew or salad. This one pot quinoa is so easy to make, it’s delicious and the best part is no need to cook the main dish, because this is the main dish!

              Suitable for vegan, perfect for busy moms, working moms or sahm on a busy day.

              Served 2 adults and 2 toddlers.

              Ingredients

              • 1 cup of quinoa
              • 4 tomatoes (finely diced)
              • 1 medium onion (finely diced)
              • 1 medium yellow / green  zucchini (I used yellow) (finely diced or grated)
              • 1/2 tsp tumeric powder
              • pink salt to taste (avoid for babies under 1 year old)
              • a dash of garlic powder (optional)
              • olive oil


              Method

              1. Sauté onion first until translucent then add tomatoes and sauté until soft, add the zucchini last and sauté until cooked. Add salt, tumeric and garlic powder to taste.
              2. Prepare quinoa as per packaging instructions. Add water and all the vegetables from the pan and cook per usual.
              3. Give it a stir at half time. Once cooked use a fork or chop sticks to gentle turn the quinoa. At this point you can add more salt if required.

              Enjoy!

              Kat xx