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Stage two 7m+

Steamer Blender

Got the hang of purees? Great, now it’s time tostart mixing it up a bit. This is your chance to introduce new flavours to the menu but also to encourage your baby to get the hang of chewing by doing less of the work for them and providing food with lumpier textures.

Strange as it may seem, they don’t need to have teeth to chew textured baby food… it’s amazing what those little gums can do!

Where possible, it is now fun to try and include your baby when the rest of the family is eating, so that mealtimes become a social occasion. Most babies are ready for this around 7 months but be guided by your baby before you start introducing textured baby food. Read more...


Pear & Blueberry | Stage 2
Pear & Blueberry

INGREDIENTS

• 1 large pear

• 25g blueberries

METHOD

Wash, core and chop a large pear, add to the Steamer Blender with the blueberries.

Steam for 15 minutes. For a softer texture blend in the jug.

For a more solid texture drain off any excess water then blend for 20-30 seconds.

Supergreen Vegetable Puree | Stage 2
Supergreen Vegetable Puree

INGREDIENTS

 • 50g pear

• 50g broccoli

• 50g peas

• 40g courgette

• 10g spinach

Method

Wash and chop the vegetables.

Add to the Steamer Blender and steam for 15 minutes.

For a softer texture blend in the jug.

For a more solid texture drain off any excess water then blend for 20-30 seconds.

Chicken & Veg | Stage 2
Chicken & Veg

INGREDIENTS

• 50g chicken breast

• 50g carrot

• 50g parsnip

• 50g broccoli

METHOD

Dice the chicken breast, add to the Steamer Blender and steam for 10 minutes.

Wash, peel and chop the parsnip, carrot & broccoli.

Add the vegetables to the Steamer Blender and steam for a further 15 minutes.

Drain off any excess water and blend for 20-30 seconds

Banana & Blueberry smoothie bowl | Stage 2
Banana & Blueberry smoothie bowl

Blueberries are full of antioxidants which protect your baby from bugs by boosting their immune system. Banana is a great energy provider too. Great for the start of weaning or to stir into natural Greek yoghurt as a dessert for older babies.

INGREDIENTS

• 50g blueberries

• 1 vanilla pod

• 1 large banana chopped into small chunks

METHOD

Open the vanilla pod by scoring down the length and scrape out the seeds.

Add the seeds and pod to the steamer blender along with the blueberries and steam for 15 minutes.

Remove the vanilla pod and allow to cool.

Add the banana and blend for 30 seconds.

Pasta Bolognese | Stage 2
Pasta Bolognese Stage 2

Beef is one of the best sources of iron, one of the critical nutrients that babies need during the second 6 months of life.

INGREDIENTS

• 50g minced beef

• ½ clove garlic

• pinch of oregano

• 20g onion chopped

• 50g passata

• 50g grated carrot

• 20g grated courgette

METHOD

Add the minced beef, diced onions, grated carrot, oregano and garlic to the steamer blender and steam for 10 minutes.

Drain the excess water and stir to combine.

Add the grated courgette and passata and steam for a further 15 minutes

Blend for 2 minutes if your baby is at the start of weaning or 5-10 seconds if you are further along.

Serve with cooked pasta shapes.

Cauliflower & Broccoli Cheese | Stage 2
Cauliflower & Broccoli Cheese

A great way to introduce your baby to new flavours. Broccoli and cauliflower are two bitter vegetables that should be introduced early in weaning when taste buds are less mature. Don’t worry if you can only find parmesan made with unpasteurised milk, the steaming process will destroy any bacteria in the cheese.

INGREDIENTS

• 50g broccoli florets

• 50g cauliflower florets

• 100ml single cream

• 25g parmesan cheese

METHOD

Add the broccoli, cauliflower and cream to the steamer blender and steam for 10 minutes.

Stir and add the parmesan cheese.

Steam for a further 5 minutes then blend for 2 minutes for a smooth puree or 5-10 seconds for a coarser texture.

Winter Spiced Pear Puree | Stage 2
Winter Spiced Pear Puree

The spices will infuse into the pear during the steaming process giving your baby some new wonderful flavours and filling your kitchen with a wonderful warming aroma.

INGREDIENTS

• 2 large pears

• 1 clove

• 1 star anise

• Pinch of cinnamon

METHOD

Peel and chop the pear into small cubes and place all ingredients in the steamer blender.

Steam for 15 minutes.

Remove the clove and star anise then blend for 15 seconds for a smooth puree.

Sweet Potato & Cheesy Kale | Stage 2
Sweet Potato & Cheesy Kale

Kale is one of natures superfoods, it contains vitamins A&C, iron, fibre, calcium and a load of antioxidants. It can be quite bitter though and so combining with sweet potato and carrot works well.

INGREDIENTS

100g sweet potato, peeled and diced into small cubes

• 50g carrot, peeled and diced

• 30g kale, stalk removed

• Knob of butter

• 30g cheddar cheese

METHOD

Place the sweet potato, carrot, kale and butter into the steamer blender and steam for 15 minutes till the sweet potato is tender. Add in the cheese and steam for a further 1 minute then blend for 30 seconds.


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