Francesca from the popular website My Mini Meals has come up with 5 recipes for meals that can be made in 15 minutes for your little ones. A combination of foods that you can spoon-feed and finger foods too. These quick and delicious meals are perfect for all your little eaters!
5 meals in 15 minutes
Salmon and broccoli (and cheese) tomato sauce:
Makes – A LOT (freezes beautifully so a good batch cooking recipe)
1 salmon fillet (skinless and boneless)
75 ml milk
6 florets of broccoli (fresh or frozen)
200g passata (half a tin or carton)
Handful of grated cheese
Poach the salmon fillet in the microwave with the milk for 4 minutes.
Cook the broccoli in the microwave or saucepan until nice and soft.
Into the passata add the grated cheese and chopped veg. Heat it up so the cheese melts and then add the mashed / flaked salmon.
(You can leave out the cheese if your child is dairy intolerant but I would then use 125ml passata and 75ml water to dilute the passata a bit).
Serve with baby pasta, couscous rice or mash potato. You can also puree it if your baby is just getting used to lumps.
Baby “Fish Pie”:
Makes – (about 4-5 portions – can be frozen but only if you have used fresh fish).
1 fillet of white fish (fresh or frozen)
(Cod works well. Ideally get skinless and boneless or if you cant, de-skin and make sure all bones are removed)
1 baking potato
Handful of grated cheese
A spoonful of butter
A few splashes of milk
Any veg (optional)
Cook fish in the microwave in a bowl with some milk in for about 4-5 minutes until opaque OR in the oven for 10-12 minutes OR poached in milk on the stove for 8-10 minutes.
Cook the potato (in microwave or peel and cut it and cook on the stove in a pan of water for 10 minutes).
Once cooked mash the cooked potato add the flaked fish, grated cheese, butter and milk and mix until its all combined and as smooth as you want it.
You can also add in peas, corn, mashed up cauliflower or spinach if you like.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can add anything you want. And I mean anything. In the past I have added in all sorts of vegetables, fish and meat.
This makes about 3-4 muffins (depending how big your muffin tins are)
1 egg (or as many as you want)
Some raw or frozen veg (if raw cut it up into small pieces)
Chopped up cooked chicken
Small pieces of ham
Mix the egg with your other ingredients with a splash of milk.
Pour into greased muffin cups or silicone cups.
Cook in the oven on 180 degrees C for 15 minutes until the egg is set then turn out.
Butternut squash cheesey sauce:
This makes enough for 1 or 2 portions (depending on your child’s appetite) but obviously multiply the quantities if you want to make more.
2 cubes frozen butternut squash / 50-75 g fresh
Handful of grated cheese (the stronger the better)
50 ml milk
Cook the butternut squash until its nice and soft and “mushy”.
Mash it with the grated cheese and the milk so it all melts together.
Serve with couscous, rice, baby pasta or mix it in with mashed potato.
You can puree it if you want to make it smoother.
Baby’s first quick roast chicken dinner:
Makes about 10 tablespoons of the mixture and freezes nicely.
50g skinless and boneless chicken (or turkey) – chopped into little pieces
25g carrot – peeled and diced or sliced into small pieces
25g onion – diced
75g potato (or sweet potato) – peeled and diced
In a pan of boiling water put the potato, carrots and onion. Leave it to simmer for about 10-12 minutes until the vegetables are nice and soft. Meanwhile either cook the chicken by poaching it in some water for about 10 minutes or cooking it in the oven on 180 degrees C for about 12-15 minutes.
Once everything is cooked put it all into one bowl or a food processor with some of the cooking liquid from the vegetables and blitz it to the texture that you desire.
You can add more liquid to it as needed to make the texture how you want it.