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5 Summer Baby Led Weaning Meal Ideas

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Baby led weaning should be a journey that is fun, healthy and delicious for both you and your little one and the summer months lends itself perfectly to getting your baby to try new, refreshing foods. Once your baby has got to grips with their first finger foods, it’s important to try and continue to introduce a variety of healthy foods and start increasing portion size to be more of a meal, so that you can add a variety of flavours and textures alongside one another.

But, one thing that a lot of parents find when they start baby led weaning is coming up with suitable baby led weaning meal ideas that are not only nutritious, but satisfy hungry tummies and can be eaten by the whole family. With that in mind, here are 5 summer baby led weaning meal ideas, from breakfast to dinner, that are packed full of goodness and suitable for everyone!

Nutritious & Tasty Baby Led Weaning Meal Ideas

Poached Pears With Yoghurt

Simple and affordable, poached pears with yoghurt is a yummy breakfast that is a little different from toast or eggs and is perfect for those warmer summer days. With baby led weaning meal ideas, simplicity is key and this recipe couldn’t be easier!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large pears
  • 1 strip of orange peel
  • 200g Greek yoghurt.

Method:

To make, peel the pears and cut into quarters, making sure to remove the stalk and core. Then place the pears and orange peel into a pan of simmering water and poach for 15 minutes or so, until tender. Move the pears to a bowl and top with yoghurt. Allow to cool thoroughly before mashing together to achieve the desired consistency.

If you want to include a finger food addition, then raspberries or bananas are a great choice!

 

Broccoli, Chicken and Potato Sausages

In the summer, eating on the go is to be expected more than in the winter, with park visits and garden picnics, so it’s good to have some summer baby led meal ideas that can also be used as finger foods. These broccoli, chicken and potato sausages are a great, soft finger food for little ones and have a yummy combination of flavours to appease hungry tummies and can be prepared and stored in the freezer!

Ingredients:

  • 75g broccoli florets
  • 110g cooked mashed potato (cold)
  • 25g cheese (finely grated)
  • 1 spring onion
  • 60g cooked chicken (Shredded)
  • 40g dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten

Method:

Put the broccoli into a steamer, or boil, for 5-6 minutes until tender. Leave to cool completely, then finely chop. In a bowl mix the mashed potato, cheese, chicken, spring onion, cooled broccoli, half of the breadcrumbs and half the beaten egg. For babies aged 12+ months, you can add seasoning. Then, shape into 8 sausage shapes and coat in the remaining egg and roll in the remaining breadcrumbs, then chill for 30 minutes. After chilling, heat a little oil in a pan and sauté until golden and heated through.

 

Spanish Frittata

Eggs are high in protein and are packed full of iron, vitamin A and folate and this frittata is the perfect dish for a meal, or to cut up into fingers for picnics or packed lunches! Super easy to make and the perfect dish to use up any fridge leftovers, you can add everything and anything to this frittata to suit your little one’s needs with this baby led weaning meal ideas.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tbsps milks
  • 2 tbsps of grated parmesan cheese

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180º and line a baking dish with greaseproof paper. Heat a splash of oil in a frying pan and add your choice of vegetables, such as peppers, broccoli, spinach, courgette or asparagus and fry lightly for 3-4 minutes, until your vegetables are soft. You could also add some extra protein, such as chicken or salmon.

In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, milk and parmesan together and add your vegetables and proteins until well combined. Then, pour the mixture into your lined dish and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before cutting into fingers or squares.

 

Smashed Avocado, Basil & Chicken

Avocado is a weaning staple and is given in lots of different ways and forms a base for a number of baby led weaning meal ideas and snacks. This recipe is super simple and is packed full of taste and goodness.

Ingredients:

  • ½ a ripe avocado
  • 2 sprigs of basil
  • 50g of cooked chicken

 

 

Method:

To make this tasty and easy meal, you need to firstly peel, destone and roughly chop the avocado and place in a bowl, then mash. Pick the basil leaves and tear into small pieces, then shred the chicken into small pieces and add to the bowl. Mix together and add a little splash of olive oil and serve to your baby for a quick and easy summer meal!

 

Thai Salmon Fishcakes with Asian Noodles

The fresh flavours in this meal will be a hit with all the family and is packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids which are good for your little one. This baby led weaning meal idea is a perfect weekend dish for the whole family to enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 360g salmon (skinned and finely chopped)
  • small bunch of coriander,
  • 30g fresh grated ginger,
  • 1 tsp garlic puree,
  • 4 tbsp cornflour,
  • 1 lime (juiced and zested),
  • 1 egg,
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil and salt and pepper to taste (for babies aged 12+ months).

For the Asian noodles, you will need:

  • 125g egg noodles,
  • 2 tsp sesame oil,
  • bunch of spring onions (finely chopped),
  • 1 lime (juiced and zested) and soy sauce.

Method For Fish Cakes:

To make, put the salmon into a large bowl and add the coriander, ginger, garlic puree and cornflour and mix together. Add the lime juice and zest and egg, then combine with the fish and spice mixture. Season with salt and pepper if your baby is over 12 months and mix together. You should end up with a wet mixture that you spoon easily.

Method For Asian Noodles:

Next, heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan and spoon dollops of the fishcake mixture into the hot oil – you can make them as small or big as you want! Flip once crispy and golden. Meanwhile, boil the noodles and drain once cooked. Heat the sesame oil in a wok or frying pan and add the spring onions, coriander, splash of soy sauce and fresh lime, then the noodles, and stir together. Put a spoonful of noodles onto a plate and top with fishcakes.

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