A Recipe Roundup for Baby Led Weaning

Today’s post is brought to you by Lisa from Bites for Babies!

I asked Lisa to do a guest post today for all the mommies who have been asking me about baby food; she is so knowledgeable about making natural and wholesome food for babies and toddlers. You will be drooling over her recipes and it’s perfectly normal to end up eating these meals as a family. You might even be interested in her new cookbook. I know I can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on it!

Lisa says:

Introducing solids can be so daunting (and stressful) for first-time parents.  I’ve been there and I’ve done that! When my first child started solids (at 4 months) I was visiting family in Italy for the summer. If it wasn’t confusing enough trying to remember all our North American “rules” in regards to the food introduction process, I was also in a foreign country with different rules, guidelines, and not to mention a completely different mentality when it comes to baby food.

To make a long story short, (although I had never expected the outcome because I was so adamant about following the North American diet); I opted for the Mediterranean method of introducing foods, (read more about it here) which by the way doesn’t involve baby-led weaning. From my experience, I think it’s safe to say that the entire concept of baby-led weaning doesn’t even exist in that neck of the woods.

In North America there is constant debate about whether we should introduce purees as first foods or allow babies to “feed” themselves. I say, to each his own. If you want to know which route I took with my kids I’ll keep it simple…I have a phobia of choking. (Enough said?)

I started this Blog as a portal for me to share my recipes with other moms, moms-to-be and anyone for that matter who wants to make healthy choices when it comes to preparing meals for baby and the family. Most of my recipes are family-friendly and can easily be served to baby with only a few modifications-served as purees, mashed, or in chunky bite-size pieces. What matters the most is that our children’s food is nutritious, tasty and gets them excited about meal times!

On that note, here are some of my followers (and my kids’) favourite recipes:

Make-Ahead Puffed Rice Cereal

cereal

Blueberry Yogurt Mini Muffins

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Cauliflower Cheddar Mac n’ Cheese

mac

Crustless Ham and Spinach Mini Quiches

quiche

Maple Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

maple

Pan-Roasted Pizza Flavoured Cauliflower

cauliflower

Pesto Gnocchi n’ Cheese

gnocchi

Gluten-Free Veal and Rapini Meatballs

meatballs

Mashed Potato and Asparagus Frittata

mashed potato

Banana Coconut Quinoa Cookies

quinoa

I mean seriously…drool!

Thank you so much for being a guest today, Lisa!

What do you think your kiddo would love the most?

What is the hardest part about weaning for you?

 

 

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