Baby-led weaning is so much fun, so take a deep breath, get your camera at the ready for those messy face photos and lets introduce your baby to some new exciting foods. Our baby led weaning ideas bring in so much texture and colour to your babies plate. We know it can be tricky so this is why our baby led weaning dinner ideas are easy to follow. Weaning dinner ideas bring in a mixture of ingredients to introduce so many new yummy flavours. Baby led weaning dinner recipes are rounded up here ready to get you started.
1. Crispy Coconut Salmon Bites with Coconut Rice and Asian Slaw
We know our little captains enjoy their fish fingers, so let’s get them hooked on Salmon. This fish finger recipe is SO easy! It’s packed full of healthy omega-3 so no wonder its known as the brain food. It also a really great source of protein for growing bodies, so let’s look at how we can introduce some fin-tastic new flavours as part of your baby led weaning meal plan.
2. Soy and Maple Chicken with Satay Sauce
Delicious slow cooked chicken with the best chicken with satay sauce ever! The BEST creamy peanut sauce you will ever try!!! Served with a zingy cucumber salad and a little squeeze of lime. This is an amazing finger food for toddlers and great as a picky eater dinner idea too! Ain’t no one going to be picky with this one.Find the Recipe Here
3. Mexican Taco Empanadas – finger food for babies 6 months
This Easy Empanada Recipe is the perfect finger food for babies 6 months plus! They are ready in 30 minutes and can be used for dinner with a side of salad, lunch with a dollop of hummus or added to your little ones’ lunchbox for the BEST school lunch EVER (as my child told me!). The possibilities for this recipe are endless. You could make the empanada dough, shape it, and fill it with anything you want. Experimenting is key to finding your favorite flavor combinations!
4. Cheese and Veggie Nuggets for Baby Led Weaning
These Easy Veggie Nuggets with Cheese and Herbs are the perfect finger food for baby led weaning. My kids absolutely love these either warm or cold! They take less than 15 minutes to prepare, 25 minutes to cook and are amazing to stock up your freezer with quick weaning foods. These Veggie Nuggets are made using the best of fresh vegetables, herbs, cheddar cheese and are bound together with egg and wholemeal bread. Healthy nuggets couldn’t be made any better!
5. The BEST Buddah Bowl Recipe EVER – For Moms and Kids
A comforting, nutrient-dense Buddah bowl recipe is a great meal for busy parents because you need to take care of yourselves too! Think of a Buddha Bowl as a calm friend in your life. You will be filled with a feeling of satisfaction, coming away lighter, embracing the demands of family life, work and the wrath of winter weather!
6. Cowboy Chilli Baked Bean Pie
This easy baby led weaning friendly family dinner idea has a bonus leftover recipe for lunch! Cowboy chilli baked bean pie is always a winner with kids of all ages from babies right up to Mums and Dads.
7. Easy 15 Minute Shrimp Fajitas Recipe
This easy Shrimp Fajitas recipe is one of the quickest meals you will ever make! AND the most delicious! We crave a good Mexican dinner every single week but normally we opt for a kid-friendly chilli so these fajitas made a yummy change.
8. Kid Friendly Fish Balti Curry
The weather has been absolute pants here in Ireland and there is nothing better than a good homemade curry to warm your bones! This kid-friendly curry recipe is so easy to make and works for the entire family too.
9. Baby Led Weaning Meatless Meatballs
Over the past 3 years, I have been cooking more and more vegetarian food for my family since my husband and 12 year old son are both non-meat-eaters. It’s slowly crept into my own life and I realised about a month ago that I haven’t eaten any meat now in almost 3 months!
10. Slow Cooker Lemon and Garlic Chicken
I’ve got two words for you that may change your baby led weaning life (if they haven’t already): Slow Cooker (aka crock-pot). I know a lot of people who associate slow cookers with “mushy” food, but it’s not the cookers fault!!! Just like when you cook in the oven, you have to keep an eye on your food (just a little). The crock-pot has a more wiggle room with time, but you have to get the hang of YOUR cookers temperature.
11. Egg-Free & Dairy-Free Lasagne Cups
I have been cooking so many egg-free and dairy-free recipe for kids and I have really loved the challenge. The best though has to be these dairy-free lasagne which literally took me 6 disasters BUT you will be happy to hear these work! AND they are amazing!
12. Baby Chicken and Veggie Burgers
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 recipe 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!
13. Two-Bite Baby Friendly Tacos
Summer is upon us, and when you’re looking for kid friendly bbq food, it’s not always easy to find something that kids like and is easy for them to eat. While we grownups quite like the taste of charred meat (it wouldn’t be a bbq without it), kids aren’t the biggest fans and can find it quite off-putting. Kids want fun food, and we want recipe that are quick, easy and healthy. These Kid-Friendly Tacos with Coleslaw make for the perfect kids’ party food and are a great way to add spice to your little one’s diet.
14. Vegan Sesame and Soy Cauliflower Wings
Babies deserve FLAVOUR too! You know that craving you get for Chinese food? That distinct flavour that nothing else can satisfy? Yeah, me too. But as I’m sure you already know, many of the dishes you get from local Chinese food shops are loaded with sugar, salt and often cooked in animal fats. My oldest son prefers to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet, so I came up with this healthy cauliflower recipe that I could also feed baby Oscar.
15. Baby Friendly Salmon Caprese Skewers
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.
16. Fussy Eater Vegetable Pizza
Thinking of quick, easy and healthy dinners ideas to satisfy even fussy eaters isn’t easy. It helps to have some go-to recipe, ready to pull out of the bag when you need them. This healthy pizza is delicious and can be veggie-loaded, easy dinner that the whole family can enjoy. Even, the picky eaters!
17. Chicken in BBQ Sauce with Cheesy Dip Dip
If you’re interested in baby led weaning then one of the most successful ways to do this is to focus on making baby-friendly family food so that the whole family can eat together and enjoy the same food. Nutritious finger foods are the best thing to start with, and if you include your baby at mealtimes, then the enjoyment of eating will come from the shared family experience just as much as the food itself. Fun food is also an excellent idea, and as kids love dipping, these chicken strips are perfect. Kids love using their fingers and these chicken strips and super soft when cooked and a great way to serve chicken as a finger food.
18. Veggie Loaded Cottage Pie
Ok hands up who has a problem with fussy children eating their veggies? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Did you know that in Ireland, the UK and the US, only 1 in 4 children eat the right amounts of vegetables every day! Just to put that into perspective in Ireland there are 880,000 children under the age of 12 which means 660,000 children don’t eat the right amount of vegetables every day. See, I told you that you are not alone! The upside is, vegetable recipe are super easy once you get used to making them.
19.Creamy Seafood and Broccoli Pasta
When it comes to comfort food, there is no better belly cuddler than a good creamy pasta recipe. Luckily, I found a fantastic 3-for-2 deal on Dunnes Stores Seafood Mix and frozen veggies and created this delicious, easy family dinner idea that is a deal baby led weaning meal. I’ve been so excited to share this one! It’s inexpensive, loaded with vegetables and Omega 3s, and it’s freezer friendly. A complete, easy family recipe that everyone in the house adores makes for a very happy chef!
20. Cheese and Chive Stuffed Baby Potato Skins
There is actually nothing more tasty in my opinion than a potato (can you tell I’m Irish?) and it is a perfect food to first give your little one. A baby potato makes a great finger food and is easy for them to hold. When filled with vegetables, it becomes a perfect little meal. I have served these for both dinner with some diced chicken, spiced baked beans or as a tea-time snack just as they are.
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