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Cheesy Bean Wraps

Baked beans are a great food for filling up little tummies with healthy goodness.  They’re packed full of protein and are considered one of your 5 a day.  When you’re baby led weaning though they can be tricky for little one to pick up and get into their mouth.   They slide off toast and through fingers far too easily.  The cheesy bean wrap is a great alternative to beans on toast and is so much easier for baby to pick up and feed themselves!

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Festive Chickpea Cookies

These healthy, festive chickpea cookies are full of flavour and make the perfect Christmas treat!  They’re really easy to make and are refined sugar and gluten free.  I’m going to make some of these for Harry’s Christmas party this weekend and I think we’ll make some to leave out for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve too.  Obviously, if you don’t celebrate Christmas these can be made without the festive shapes or writing but as Christmas is getting nearer I couldn’t resist putting a little twist on an old favourite recipe!

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Tex Mex Bean Burgers

We’ve been trying to go meat free for a day a week recently and  I’ve been getting creative with tasty, ‘different’ meals that we can enjoy together.  These Tex Mex bean burgers were really quick and easy to make, super tasty and perfectly filling.  They may not look the most refined but the taste more than made up for it!

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Simple homemade houmous

Houmous is a great way of getting healthy protein into your little ones diet. Shop bought houmous is great, and I’l be honest we used to use it a lot, but it can be pricey and have lots of added salt in it. Our simple homemade houmous recipe takes 5 minutes to make. It is delicious and can be kept for a few days in the fridge. Harry loves his with breadsticks and veg sticks or spread on toast!
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Couscous fingers

Harry loves cous cous!  It is so small and tricky for him to eat though that it usually ends up turning our kitchen into a couscous snow globe!  It’s amazing how far a tiny piece of couscous can travel when it is thrown by a baby!  These couscous fingers are a brilliant solution for how to give couscous without the mess and inevitable frustration caused by it slipping through baby’s fingers!

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Veggie Cheese Balls

Harry is a good eater and I know I’m lucky.  He is great eating his vegetables now but up until a few months ago if I put a lone piece of broccoli on his plate he would throw it on the floor in disgust.  Sneaking vegetables into a recipe like these veggie cheese balls, alongside serving them in their usual form meant I knew Harry was getting enough healthy goodness from his vegetables, even if he didn’t realise he was eating them!  The fact that it meant I used up leftover veg and didn’t waste anything was an added bonus too!

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Weaning on a plant based diet – Tori Pearson

image6With my first daughter, we embraced every aspect of baby led weaning, I didn’t find the experience intimidating or overwhelming, and loved being creative in the kitchen so that my little lady Frankie could have an exciting, delicious, sensory experience with every meal time. Frankie was a big girl, very independent and just always seemed a little older than she really was. She typically sat at the 91st percentile for her height and weight and just felt ‘solid’. Nothing was off the cards with Frankie, her tolerance for spicy food is still very impressive!
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My littlest Noa, however felt so much smaller and just didn’t seems ‘big’ enough to do baby led weaning. (She didn’t sit up until after 7 months). We did eventually start baby led weaning but not until Noa was almost 8 months. We have done a real mix of both purée and BLW with Noa, she just isn’t the same child as Frankie and I definitely feel less confident at times giving her certain foods. I think it’s so important to remember that every child is different and as a mom/mum you should always follow your gut instinct.
image9When we moved to Texas Frankie was just 2. I remember giving her a quick snack called Teddy Graham’s, and within 40 minutes she was hyper. She was obviously very sensitive to the different ingredients in the food in the USA.

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