From around nine months your baby will show a desire to feed themselves, this can be fun but rather messy, so be prepared!
Most babies have a few teeth by now so you can try serving their food lumpy rather than blending into a puree.
Now is also a good time to introduce finger foods such as vegetable sticks and slices of fruit. This is the stage to introduce lots of different textures and flavors while your baby is receptive to new foods.
Apricot Porridge | Stage 3
The slow release energy from the complex carbohydrates in oats coupled with the iron and vitamin C in apricots make this a fantastic breakfast for a busy day ahead.
• 1.4 oz. oats
• 2.5 oz. whole milk
• 6 ready-to-eat dried apricots, roughly chopped
Add all ingredients to the Quick-Cook stir well before steaming.
Steam for 15 minutes, open the lid to let out excess steam and steam again for another 15 minutes.
Blend for up to 2 minutes for a smooth puree or 5 seconds for a more textured porridge for older babies.
While this stands to cool the oats will continue to absorb the milk and so the porridge will thicken.
Chicken Curry | Stage 3
Chicken thigh contains more iron than chicken breast and iron is one of the critical nutrients required during weaning, it also holds a lot of flavor and it is wonderful in this mild curry. Introducing spices such as these can help your baby develop an adventurous palette, so don't be afraid to offer strong flavors, you’d be surprised by what they enjoy!
• 3.5 oz. chicken thigh, diced
• 1 oz. red pepper
• 1 oz. onion
• ¼ clove of garlic, crushed
• ¼ inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
• ¼ tsp mild curry powder
• 1 tablespoon of coconut milk
Add the chicken, vegetables and spices to the Quick-Cook and steam for 10 minutes.
Stir and steam again for a further 15 minutes to ensure the chicken is cooked through.
Add the coconut milk and blend for 2 minutes for a smooth puree or 10 seconds for a chunkier texture.
Serve with boiled basmati rice.
Salmon Chowder | Stage 3
Oily fish provide omega 3’s an essential fatty acid which is another of your baby’s critical nutrients. Omega 3 is needed for vision but also the development of your baby’s brain.
• 1.75 oz. salmon
• 3.5 oz. sweet potato
• 1.75 oz. peas
• Few sprigs of fresh parsley
Peel and chop the sweet potato.
Remove skin from Salmon and check for bones.
Add all ingredients to the Quick-Cook and steam for 15 minutes.
Drain off any excess water and blend for 4-10 seconds.
Chilli Con Carne | Stage 3
• 1.75 oz. lean ground beef
• 25g onion
• 1 oz. red pepper
• 1 oz. canned kidney beans
• 1.75 oz. chopped fresh tomatoes
• Pinch of chilli powder (optional)
Add lean ground beef, diced onion and red pepper to the Quick-Cook.
Steam for 10 minutes and drain off any excess water.
Add the kidney beans, chopped tomato and pinch of chilli powder then steam for a further 10 minutes.
Stir then steam for a further 5 minutes. Blend for 4-10 seconds.
Mix with some cooked rice to serve.
Chicken Ratatouille | Stage 3
• 1.75 oz. chicken breast
• 1.75 oz. zucchini
• .35 oz. red onion
• 1 oz. red pepper
• 1.4 oz. butternut squash
• 1 oz. chopped tomatoes
• ½ clove of garlic
Chop the chicken breast, red onion, red pepper and butternut squash and add to the Quick-Cook.
Steam for 10 minutes then stir.
Add the remaining ingredients and steam for another 10 minutes then stir.
Steam for a further 5 minutes drain off any excess water and blend for 4-10 seconds.
Mix with some cooked basmati rice to serve.
Rhubarb & Strawberry Smoothie | Stage 3
The tangy, tart taste of rhubarb combines really well with apple and strawberry. Did you know that strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange!
• 1 oz. rhubarb, diced with tough stringy bits removed
• 1.75 oz. strawberries, cut into quarters
• 4.5 oz. apple, peeled, cored and diced
Place all fruits in the Quick-Cook together and steam for 15 minutes.
Blend for 2 minutes till smooth and allow to cool.