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Baby Led Feeding by Aileen Cox Blundell - 2w ago

Who doesn’t love side dishes? They are a great addition to any lunch or dinner; they add something extra and make every meal that little bit more exciting. Having small side dishes available on the table is great for baby led weaning and getting your baby and your older children to try new things.

Finger foods make for ideal side dishes and are even better when they are easy to make and are baby friendly family food for everyone to enjoy.

It can be hard to make a meal that everyone will enjoy so adding side dishes gives a bit more choice for those days when your kids are being fussy and refusing to eat something they loved yesterday. Adding more variety means they are more likely to eat something so you can keep your kids healthy and well-fed. This Summer potato salad is an easy side dish and a total kid winner. It is appealing to the whole family, plus it’s simple enough that your kids can help you to make it, which means they’re more likely to eat it without complaining.

The recipe is sponsored by Dunnes Stores and is packed full of flavour using a mix of natural yogurt and sour cream to create a delicious creamy salad that kids love! It serves four adults and four children and only takes 30 minutes to make in total. You can buy all the ingredients in Dunnes Stores, and it’s so simple to make – get the kids involved mixing everything together, and they’ll be begging you to make it along side every meal. 

If you’re looking for side dishes, here are a few other baby friendly options:

Cauliflower & Garlic Mash with Rosemary

Baby Friendly Irish Potato Bites

Rainbow Veggie Fritters

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Baby Led Feeding by Aileen Cox Blundell - 3w ago

When you’re planning a party or BBQ and have babies and toddlers, it’s not always easy to create a menu that pleases everyone. It’s also not practical to make different food for everyone (not to mention time consuming). I like to think about how I can take typical recipes and make them baby friendly. This recipe for example, is basically chicken and veggies packaged into a neat, baby friendly, easy to eat burger that I would also eat!

For successful baby led weaning, the food you give to your little one needs to be solid food which they can feed themselves, with no help from an adult. The food should  be soft, manageable pieces which they hold in their hand, rather than being offered on a spoon. Baby-friendly family food recipes are the best thing to serve so that they can try what everyone else is having and it makes life easier for you too so you don’t have to make a load of different meals.

These Baby Chicken and Veggie Burgers are a super easy meal for babies to manage, and they make a great finger food option, ideal for parties. They are essentially chicken burgers containing vegetables and are healthy burgers for kids which tick all the boxes for even the fussiest of little mouths. They combine the texture of chicken combined with soft, flavoursome vegetables that make them that little bit more nutritious, perfect for baby led weaning.

Burgers like this are also freezer friendly and a great option for batch cooking, as you can make them ahead of time and freeze them so that they’re there for a quick and easy healthy meal when you need one. They are a fantastic option when you’re looking for healthy finger food, but they don’t need to be saved for barbecues, they are beautiful for an everyday dinner or if you like to think outside the box, they are an excellent option for a baby led weaning breakfast which will set them up for the day (who said burgers are not for breakfast anyway?)

This recipe is sponsored by Dunnes Stores, and you can find all of the fantastic ingredients in-store! I serve them with the cutest little mini Brioche buns which are available from Dunnes Stores too.

If you’re looking for some fun BBQ style ideas, check out these recipes:

Baby Friendly Salmon Caprese Skewers

Veggie Loaded Burger with Cajun Sauce

10 Baby Friendly BBQ Recipes

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Kids love the sweet stuff, and they especially love it if they don’t know that it’s good for them and they think they’re getting a treat. These ice pops are super easy and naturally sweetened with juicy mango and sweet-tart passion fruit. Popscicle recipes are great for teething babies and for hiding fresh fruit and veggies from picky eaters.

When it comes to kids’ birthday food, you need to have fun, quick and easy party food ideas, especially picked out for little hands. When kids are out playing in the summer, the last thing they want to do is stop and come in to have something to eat; they want something easy to eat and something fun and exciting too.

Summer is a time for fun, to be playing outdoors and then cooling down and getting sticky with yummy ice lollies. However, too many of those ice lollies with all their artificial colours and sugar are not good for your little ones. These delicious Mango and Passionfruit Pops are a great healthy alternative, made using a yummy blend of fruit and Greek yoghurt, they are a great way to cool your toddler down over the warm summer months, and they only take five minutes to make.

Not only are these pops a great party food, but they are also they are a great way to cool teething gums down. Teething can make your baby extra fussy and be a pickier eater than normal too. So being prepared with delicious snacks that will also help soothe sensitive gums as well as keeping your little one nourished will make your baby’s life (and yours) much happier.

These teething pops are a Dunnes Stores recipe and are high in protein as they include Mango, passionfruit flesh, Greek yoghurt, mint leaves and turmeric powder which is excellent for aiding digestion too and has great anti-inflammatory properties. Put those ingredients out on the table, and the kids would likely turn their noses up at them, however, blend them together and pop them into some ice pop moulds, and you’ll have something they can’t resist.

These are an excellent idea for any kids’ birthday or kids’ party food or simply to help you get through that awful teething stage.

If you’re looking for more healthy cooling treats, check out these recipes: 

Melon & Mint Zingy Teething Ice Pops

Strawberry Ice Cream Sambos

Brown Bread Ice Cream Comes with Pineapple Nice Cream

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Baby Led Feeding by Aileen Cox Blundell - 1M ago
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Baby Led Feeding by Aileen Cox Blundell - 1M ago
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Salad isn’t a lunch option that many people seem to associate with children, but this recipe is so delicious it might just change your mind. So, how do you get your child to eat salad? I promise it isn’t impossible, take a look at this healthy lunch idea – it’s the perfect summer recipe that you and your children can enjoy together, hopefully with some summer sunshine!

Kids and salad don’t always go hand in hand. Getting a child to eat salad is the end goal here! To achieve that we need to make it as appealing and kid friendly as possible, for me that means making it bright and making it taste yummy and making it bright and interesting too.

 

This healthy lunch idea contains some delicious ingredients that offer so many health benefits for the whole family. Containing chicken breast, carrot, beetroot, spring onions, broad beans, spinach and a pomegranate dressing this salad really is super! This recipe uses their favourite veggies as well as some they might not like as much. All the veggies in this one are GRATED, so as well as looking lovely, it also makes it harder for kids to pick out things that they think don’t like. I often find that when something is grated and mixed in with other ingredients they are much less likely to take notice of them and therefore, hopefully, more likely to eat them!

A really good trick I learnt too for getting your baby eating salad is to pick something that they love, whether it be chicken, fish or maybe a vegetable that they particularly like. This will help make a new dish feel familiar and get them interested from the start. Rather than serve the salad to babies in a big bowl, instead take a few individual ingredients and let them taste them one by one.

For this recipe you could put some shredded chicken a few pieces of grated carrot and spinach together on the plate with some of the ingredients which might be new to your baby. Instead of covering everything in the dressing, you could try putting some on the side and encourage your baby to dip their veggies into it.

As I’ve said many times before, I absolutely love beetroot, it is a complete superfood absolutely full of good stuff for your baby! It contains so many vitamins including as vitamin Am vitamin C and vitamin B6 which boost the immune system, help absorb iron and keep our bodies and minds healthy and alert.

Some of the minerals found in beetroot include iron, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre, All of which we need to keep our bodies healthy and strong. 

Another of the key ingredients in this salad is spinach, another one packed full of vitamins and a great source of fibre. The carrot is vibrant and adds a little hit of sweetness into the salad too.

As well as being a healthy lunch idea and the perfect summer recipe, this one is also really quick and so great for busy days. I often find that in summer a light salad like this one makes a perfect lunch or even dinner option. Colourful and full of goodness, you get rest easy knowing that your child is getting their 5 a day!

This is a Dunnes Stores recipe and uses ingredients from the Everyday Savers Range so it can be created easily and for little expense.

 

If you are looking for more healthy baby led weaning lunch ideas you should definitely try these ones:

Vegan curried butternut squash soup

Spanish Omelette

Salmon Fish Cakes

This recipe is sponsored by Dunnes Stores and you can find all of the amazing ingredients in-store! If you make this recipe please do tag me on Instagram #babyledfeeding! I always love seeing your creations.

Aileen xoxoxo

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Baby Led Feeding by Aileen Cox Blundell - 1M ago

One of my main motivations in starting to cook and create more recipes was to find a healthier recipes and healthy meal options for myself and my family. One of the areas that can be so hard to crack is healthy snacks, the temptation can be to grab something quick, pre-packaged and, all too often, loaded with sugar.

Lately I’ve come up with some great healthy snack ideas and created some absolutely amazing snack recipes that are both totally tasty and healthier. These fantastic healthy snack bars for kids are brilliant snacks for those busy days when you are out and about and need something on the go. These bars are a perfect finger food and so make great baby led weaning snacks too.

This is a Dunnes Stores recipe and uses ingredients from the Everyday Savers Range. The ingredients I used in my healthy snack bars are; Seeds, nuts (optional), dried fruit raisins, dates and prunes.

What is great about this recipe is that you can change it up to suit your little ones tastes and make different variations. Seeds such as sunflower, hemp, flax and chia help little ones to get the good fats, magnesium and protein that they need for their diets. I am a massive fan of Chia seeds as they can be stored easily in the cupboard and are packed full of health benefits, such as omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fibre.

Just remember that babies digestive systems won’t be able to handle flax and chia seeds until at least 8 months old. Until they are around 12 months old you should grind any seeds down in order to make sure they are easier to digest and that your baby is able to obtain the nutritional value from them.

Kids seem to love anything in the shape of a bar but the ones from the shops tend to be unhealthy and also quite expensive. So what do you do? MAKE YOUR OWN! This might feel daunting for many parents but I promise, it’s easier than it sounds. Especially with this recipe! Packed full of Seeds, oats and minimal dried fruit, these healthy snack bars offer essential nutrients and will keep little tummies fuller for longer. So much better than buying store bought chocolate or energy bars!

 The perfect finger food, these bars are great way to include lots of goodness into your child’s diet. I love how quick and easy they are to make, so you can prepare ahead and the package up and take with you on your family day to the park, zoo or wherever you fancy!

If you are looking for more baby led weaning healthy snack recipe ideas you should definitely try these ones:

Couscous Chocolate Granola

Sunshine butter, nut butter alternative

Lemon Sorbet Amazeballs

This recipe is sponsored by Dunnes Stores and you can find all of the amazing ingredients in-store! If you make this recipe please do tag me on Instagram #babyledfeeding! I always love seeing your creations.

Aileen xoxoxo

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Baby Led Feeding by Aileen Cox Blundell - 1M ago

Salmon lovers! This is the recipe for you! As well as being absolutely delicious, Salmon is jam packed with health benefits for kids and grownups alike. If you’re looking for a healthy appetizer or to find new BBQ Ideas, then give these salmon skewers a try and let me know what you think.

This recipe is zingy and delicious and a total winner with kids, try them out at your next BBQ or make them for a healthy and tasty family lunch. For smaller babies remember to remove the fish from the skewers, it is soft and flaky, so is the perfect texture for baby led weaning.

The recipe is also a great way to encourage your child to try and eat salmon for the first time and it is so good everyone will love it too. When you are looking for BBQ ideas it can be hard to think outside the box and all too often we get stuck in the trap of making unhealthy food. Including fish in your BBQ repertoire will make a lovely, healthy change and this recipe is one that can be enjoyed by all ages.

This is a Dunnes Stores recipe and uses ingredients from the Everyday Savers Range. The ingredients for this recipe are simple yet delicious, all you will need is salmon, lime, maple syrup, and ginger. The maple syrup gives the salmon a lovely sticky feel and kids are sure to love the sweet and zingy flavours.

Salmon has so many health benefits, which are essential for your children. Fatty fish like salmon is rich in omega-3 fats, which have been shown to improve cognitive function in infants and children. Omega 3 fats are a critical component of brain cell membranes and a. In addition to omega 3 fats, salmon also contains B vitamins, potassium, selenium and is a great source of protein. All of these help to improve brain function, cognition and neurological health. When you consider just how much your littles ones are growing and learning, it’s no wonder that salmon is a great addition to a child’s diet.

  

Along with salmon, this recipe also contains ginger, another ingredient packed with health benefits. Ginger promotes secretion of saliva and gastric juices improving your child’s appetite and digestion. The active components present in ginger stimulate digestion and absorption and so can help to settle upset tummies in little ones by relieving constipation and flatulence by increasing muscular activity in the digestive system.

If you are looking for more baby led weaning appetizer and barbecue recipe ideas you should definitely try these ones:

Watermelon Fruit Pizza

Baby Veggie Burgers

Tandoori Fish Bites

This recipe is sponsored by Dunnes Stores and you can find all of the amazing ingredients in-store! If you make this recipe please do tag me on Instagram #babyledfeeding! I always love seeing your creations.

Aileen xoxoxo

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As summer approaches this recipe is all about making summer nights easy with a dinner that is perfect for the entire family – from babies to parents. I think this recipe is particularly good if you have a picky eater on your hands as it is fun to eat and burgers always feel like a treat. 

So, hands up if you have trouble getting greens into your kids? Some kids love them, some kids just dislike the very idea of greens such as spinach or kale. The problem is that leafy greens are an essential part of our diets and we need to, try, to find ways to get our little (and bigger ones) enjoying these kinds of food. Easier said than done, I know. However, this recipe could help out if you have a picky eater or one who simply refuses to gobble up their vegetables. These handy little burgers contain veggies blended into the meat and so are a brilliant way to get some sneaky vegetables and greens into your little ones, especially if they are a picky eater. 

 

The Iron

The beef and spinach combination in these burgers mean that it is a super iron rich meal. Iron is one of the most vital minerals to include in our diets. Maintaining the right level of iron can help reduce tiredness and boost your immune system. Once your baby reaches six months old they enter a phase of rapid growth and at this time the iron stores that babies are born with starts to run out. Making sure you include iron rich solid foods in their diet from six months and beyond will ensure their iron needs are met. Iron assists with brain development and is also needed to create haemoglobin – the protein in our blood that carries oxygen around the body. And, let’s face it, anything that helps the adults combat tiredness can’t be bad!! You can read more about the importance of Iron for babies & toddlers here.

Combining the veggies into the burgers means that they are easier for smaller babies to eat, food that can be held easily by small hands are perfect for baby led weaning as they allow your little one to take some control of their eating, and the mess is reduced! Win, win!

Burgers like this are also a great option for batch cooking, make them ahead of time and freeze with a small piece of parchment paper between each patty like the photo above. 

This recipe is sponsored by Dunnes Stores and you can find all of the amazing ingredients in-store! If you make this recipe please do tag me on Instagram #babyledfeeding! I always love seeing your creations.

Aileen xoxoxo

If you are looking for more baby led weaning easy dinner ideas you should definitely try these ones:

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Veggie Loaded Cottage Pie

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