Chicken is one of the easiest meats to start with as it can be easily digested from six months. It’s also easy to purchase, store in the freezer, and simple to cook. All of the below meal combinations work just as well with Turkey too.
As with all our weaning recipes, we try to keep things as simple as possible. As much as we love food we don’t want to be stood in front of the oven all day!
To cook the chicken: slice a chicken breast diagonally 3-4 times along the top of the meat all the way through to the center. If the chicken is thick, turn the meat over and repeat on the other side. This ensures the chicken is fully cooked through. Oven cook at 180C for 20 minutes for tender chicken. Always check the chicken is fully cooked before serving/blending.
To cook the vegetables: we sometimes steam the vegetables, sometimes we saute them. Either way, we try to stick to one pan if possible as nobody enjoys washing up, even with a dishwasher! To saute the vegetables, add about 300ml of water to a deep frying pan and add your vegetables. Cook until the vegetables are soft and can be sliced smoothly with a sharp knife. Add more water as necessary.
Once all ingredients are cooked, blend until the desired consistency is reached. We add either formula or water to thin. Serve immediately or chill in the fridge. If no ingredients were previously frozen then you can freeze what’s left for another day.
Some of our favourite combinations include:
- Chicken, potato, red pepper, tomato
- Chicken, leek, potato, carrot
- Chicken, avocado (this doesn’t need to be cooked), sweet potato
- Turkey, avocado, chickpea, tomato
- Turkey, pasta, chopped tomato
- Baked potato (skin then removed), chicken, low salt beans, a very small grating of cheddar cheese
- Minced beef, spaghetti, chopped tomatoes, broccoli
A current favourite: