Sam’s Baby Food

Although there are lots of great makers of baby food out there (eg: SMILEAT in Spain and Ella’s kitchen in the UK), I knew that I wanted to make a lot of Sam’s food myself. As with our (Mama and Papa) food, I wanted to make his food from scratch and know where the ingredients were from and maybe more importantly, the fact that my baby pots contain a greater variety of vegetables with a wider variety nutrients and minerals. There are, of course, times when we need to pull out a SMILEAT pot when there just hasn’t been time to make a batch of Daddy’s own. And that’s fine. But, it gives me great joy when I see Sam enjoying a lunch or dinner that I’ve made – and I hope he feels all the love that went into making it.

What follows are some of the recipes I use for Sam’s lunches (with animal protein) and Sam’s dinners (with vegetable proteins). Now Sam is a little older we accompany his pots with little extras; such as: cut-up sausage, boiled egg, noodles cooked in good stock, bread (wholemeal), pan de queso with tomato and queso fresco, etc.

Makes 5-7 servings

Sausage Caserole

a small knob of butter & 1tbsp olive oil
5 good quality sausages; skins removed
1 small white onion; chopped
1 stick celery; chopped
1 medium carrot; chopped
1 small swede; chopped
1 medium parsnip; chopped
1 large potato; chopped
1 apple; chopped

Pumpkin and Courgette

a small knob of butter & 1tbsp olive oil
1 small leek; chopped
½ butternut squash; chopped
1 medium courgette; chopped
2 carrots; chopped
1 large potato; chopped
50g quinoa
½ head of broccoli; just the flowering head, chopped

Instructions for all!

  1. Heat a wide-bottomed, deep pan, melt the butter with the olive oil over a low heat.
  2. Add the vegetables (except: potato, broccoli, spinach)and cook gently to soften a little. N.B. we don’t add potato at this stage as it would stick to the bottom, And the reason for leaving out broccoli or spinach is because the longer they cook, the more vitamin C will be destroyed.
  3. If using sausages, push the veg to one side, add the sausage and cook through before combining with the vegetables.
  4. Now’s the time to mix in the potato before adding just enough water to cover the mix.
  5. If using quinoa, sprinkle over the surface and mix in.
  6. Cover the pan and cook over a medium heat until the vegetables are just cooked.
  7. Now add the broccoli and cook for a couple of minutes – if using.
  8. Remove from the heat and add the spinach – if using.
  9. Transfer the mix to a food processor – retaining some of the cooking liquor.
  10. Process the mixture to the desired consistency using the retained cooking liquor as necessary.
  11. Transfer to sterilised individual pots for the fridge or freezer.


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