For the next 4 weeks we will be sharing yummy and nutritious recipes for baby from 6-9 months right through to 18+ months. Plus an extra special recipe for breastfeeding mums! And what's more, all these recipes are packed full of goodness and can be easily adapted for the whole family using our versatile babymoov Nutribaby+.
The babymoov Nutribaby+ foodmaker is ideal to use for baby and the whole family! It's super easy-to-use thanks to it's simple buttons, it provides 3 blending speeds and 4 appliances in 1: bottle warmer, steriliser, steamer, blender. Scroll down for a little inspiration of how to put yours into action...
For baby (6-9 months)
It's time to take your baby on a taste and texture adventure! As babies between 6-9 months are growing rapidly, it's important to provide the correct nutrients for the best possible start. At this stage baby's diet is likely to be a mix of breast milk or formula as well as small amounts of solid foods.
Vegetables are packed full of vitamins and minerals which aid in baby's development as well as boosting their immune system. Carrots are rich in vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant and banana's make a wonderful first introduction to fruit, with their soft consistency and are easy to digest. Foods such as light grains add more texture which can help to stimulate baby's taste buds and mind. Remember to avoide adding salt to any recipes at this stage as baby's kidneys are still developing.
Monday - My 1st Really Green Purée!
Preparation: 5 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes
- 1 small courgette
- 1 small potato
- 1 small handful of spinach (between 30g and 50g)
- 2 tablespoons milk
Wash the spinach thoroughly, peel and dice the courgette and potato.
Place the potato into the bottom basket of your Nutribaby+ and cook for 20 minutes.
When the display screen shows that 15 minutes are left, add the courgette and spinach to the second basket.
Add the milk and blend until smooth.
Tuesday - Carrot and Turnip Purée
Preparation: 5 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes
- 200g carrots
- 80g potatoes
- 120g turnips
Wash and peel the carrots, potatoes and turnips, then cut into small pieces.
Place all vegetables into the steamer basket and cook for 20 minutes.
Add a little water then blend to a smooth purée.
Wednesday - Jam with Summer Vegetables
Preparation: 30 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes
- 1 large tomato approx. 100g
- 1/4 of an aubergine approx. 50g
- 1/2 courgette approx. 50g
Place tomato in boiling water for 2 minutes. Remove and cool under cold water, then remove the skin.
Wash and dice the aubergine, courgette and tomato.
Place the aubergine and courgette in the steamer basket and cook for 20 minutes.
Add the aubergine, courgette, tomato and a dash of olive oil to a frying pan and cook over a medium heat for 10 -15 minutes.
Transfer all ingredients into the blender jar and blend until smooth.
Thursday - Very Very Light Couscous Grains
Preparation: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes
- 30g fine couscous
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 50ml water
Boil the kettle.
Place grains in heat proof bowl and cover with 50ml of boiling water. Cover with a tea towel and leave to stand for 5 - 10 minutes.
Pour 1 teaspoon of olive oil over the grains and stir.
Once slightly cooled, roll the grains between the palms of your hands and place into the steamer basket. Cook for 10 minutes.
Friday - Apple, Prune and Vanilla Compote
Preparation: 5 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes
- 1 large apple (peeled)
- 2 prunes with stones removed
- 1 drop of vanilla extract
Chop the apple and prunes.
Place in steamer basket and cook for 15 minutes.
Blend to a smooth consistency, add a drop of vanilla extract, blend again and serve!
For Breastfeeding Mum
A healthy, balanced diet is always a good idea, just like everyone else, but when breastfeeding there are one or two foods that you can work into your meals to ensure the very best nutrition for both mum and baby.
Growing babies use a lot of protein so remember to build in foods such as meat, eggs and nuts. Calcium is key for strong bones and teeth, try low fat diary products, cereals and spinach. Fish, such a salmon, will provide omega 3 and healthy fatty acids which are both important for the development of baby's brain and nervous system. You'll find these in the recipe below. There are also many foods that can aid in boosting your breast milk production, try carrots, garlic, brown rice and cows milk.
And don't forget, breastfeeding is thirty work! Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
Any Day - Salmon, Leek and Goats Cheese Flan
Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes
- 4 leeks, white part only
- 2 salmon steaks with skin removed
- 2 eggs
- A few round slices of goats cheese
- 200ml single cream
- 1 tablespoon flour
- Olive oil
Place the salmon steaks into one of the Nurtibaby+ steamer baskets and set to cook for 15 minutes.
When there screen shows 8 minutes remaining, add the leeks to the second basket and continue cooking.
Meanwhile, break 1 egg into a mixing bowl, then separate the yolk and white from the second egg and add only the yolk.
Blend the eggs with the milk, flour and cream.
Once cooked, flake the salmon and place into a ramekin along with the leeks.
Pour the egg / cream / milk mixture into the ramekin.
Place a round of goat's cheese onto of each.
Cover each ramekin with cling film. Be careful to seal each one so the steam cannot get in.
Place your ramekins into the two steamer baskets and cook for 15 minutes.