This weekend I’ve been cooking up a storm for Darcey. When I started weaning she decided very early on that she wasn’t going to eat the pouches of food. To some extent I can’t blame her, they can be really sweet and don’t taste that great. I’m not the best cook in the world and needed some inspiration. I downloaded the Ella’s Kitchen First Foods App which has a lot of good recipes that I’ve been following.
Benefits of home cooking
- Darcey is dairy free at the moment so I can adapt the recipes and use her formula milk to cook with.
- I know exactly what goes into the food, there’s nothing processed, no additives and no salt.
- It’s good food that you or I would eat, nothing too sweet or full of sugar.
- It’s so much cheaper than buying baby food. £6 of salmon made 28 meals for her. The tomato pasta I make is 8p a portion.
- I can blend the food to the correct consistency for Darcey as she grows.
How to start
Like all busy mums trying to juggle babies, work and general life I don’t have a lot of free time. Once every 4-5 weeks I do a big cook up. I use the app and pick 5 different recipes and over the course of the weekend start cooking. I bought 2 of these Nuby baby ice cube trays. I’ve been using them for the last 5 months and they are great. Another great purchase is a handheld stick blender. I bought mine 9 years ago when I had Will and it’s still working fine.
On a Saturday I will cook up 2 of the meals. I pop them in the ice cube trays and in the freezer over night. In the morning I simply take them out of the trays and put the food in labelled bags so I can use the trays again. On a Sunday I cook the other 2-3 meals. If I do it in the morning I can freeze one batch and by the time I go to bed they are done ready for any remainder food to go in.
Turkey and Apricot Casserole
This is the first time I’ve cooked this dish. It was very easy to make all I needed was;
- Turkey mince
- Pearl barley
- Baby Milk – I substituted whole milk for her formula milk.
Salmon and Potato Parcels
This is a really easy recipe to make as it’s roasted in the oven. You’ll need;
- Green beans
- Formula milk or whole milk
This is one of Darcey’s favourite dinners. If smells amazing and tastes pretty good too, until I add her baby milk!
Cod, Rice and Beans
I’ve been making this for Darcey since she was 6 months old and is a firm favourite. I use;
- Cod or haddock
- Basmati rice
- Haricot Beans
- Green Beans
This is one of my recipes and I’ve adapted it from one of our favourite diners. I use;
- Star pasta
When we eat this we add more spice and chorizo so this is a much better baby friendly version for Darcey.
The first 3 recipes are all available from the Ella’s Kitchen First Foods App, it cost me £3.99 to download the recipes.
Have you got a favourite recipe I can try out?