Winging it weaning.

So things have got messy! I’m not talking about the kind of messy that involves too much booze on a night out, stumbling home via a filthy kebab and going to bed with the words “well that got messy” still on your lips as you pass out. No, this is a kind of messy I am new to. Weaning a 6 month old baby.

Thankfully, the six month old in question is my daughter. She clearly got the greedy genes from both her parents and she is LOVING IT! Except mashed potato, she is NOT loving that.

I’m not going to try and be all Annabel Karmel on this, but I’ve had a few DMs asking about the recipes for some of the purées I’ve done. I can’t really call boiling some cubes of apple in water, mushing it all up and putting it in a jam jar a recipe, but I have done a lentil thing that Tilly loves and (with a bit of curry powder and turmeric wouldn’t make an entirely terrible dhal).

So here is a quick lentil purée recipe if you want to try this on your little one. I put the lentils into a separate bowl of water to partially cook as they take a lot longer to cook. So by adding them when they are already half cooked you don’t have to boil the vegetables to death and therefore, I hope, you preserve more of the nutrients than you would if you cooked it all together. I may be totally wrong, but I’ll give it a go.

75g dried red lentils

½ Courgette

2 tomatoes

1 small onion

¼ tsp sunflower / veg / light olive oil

175ml water

  • Boil the kettle
  • Rinse your lentils under running water for about a minute
  • Place the lentils in a bowl, cover them with boiling water and let them sit in the water while you do the veggies
  • Dice up the onion and courgette
  • Heat up a little oil in a pan (I used a tiny non-stick milk pan because I’m too lazy to wash up anything bigger at the moment)
  • Gently sweat onion, adding the courgette after a minute or so
  • While this is happening, the tomatoes need to be skinned and deseeded. Score a cross on the bottom of each tomato and pour boiling water over them, the skin should then peel off really easily. Remove the seeds as well and roughly chop
  • Drain the lentils and add them to the courgette and onion along with the tomatoes and 175ml water
  • Put the lid on and let the mix bubble gently for 10 minutes, stirring often until the lentils are soft.
  • Take your stick blender and blend the lot until it’s a thick purée
  • Place the puree into an ice cube tray or baby food portion thing (I only had an ice cube tray when I made this, I have since bought something that makes bigger portion sizes) and freeze. 
  • Once frozen, take the cubes out of the tray and bag them up – be sure to label the bag otherwise you’ll have bags of unidentifiable purees, which is fine until you try and mix lentil puree with strawberry puree – not sure that’ll be a success.
  • When you want to use it, just put your chosen cubes of frozen puree  (I quite often mix up my purees, cauliflower puree seems to go with almost anything) into a microwave safe pot and microwave until it is defrosted and warm – two minutes will probably do it – stirring halfway through

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure the mixture is cool enough before you feed to your baby. I find the best way to do this is when it’s on the spoon, touch the mix to my lips before giving it to Tilly. It should feel warm but NOT hot.

So, there we are, my first weaning recipe. Let me know if
this is helpful and if you would like any more…

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