I am sure other mums (baby led weaners or not) can associate with this so we thought we'd come up with some of our favourite cooking cheats that enable you to not spend the majority of your time cooking and suit self feeders.
- Cook a big batch of roasted veggies (squash, sweet potato, parsnip, carrot, potato etc) at the start of the week and keep them in the fridge, these can then be served cold (great for teething babies).
- Hardboil eggs in advance and keep in the fridge ready to peel and cut into chunks for a quick lunch. Served with some avocado slices this is a quick and protein packed no cook meal.
- Always cook too much pasta (we like spelt pasta to add some extra nutrients) and keep leftovers ready to be warmed up with a veggie based sauce or even just some chopped tomatoes stirred through.
- When you have a domestic goddess moment at the weekend and cook fruit pancakes make sure you do some extra that can be frozen. They defrost quickly for a great weekday breakfast.
- Make sure your meals are baby friendly (as in low salt and not too spicy) and then your leftovers can make one or even two meals for a baby the following day.
- Spread pitta bread with hummus, mashed avocado or fruit puree for a quick filling meal with some fruit.
- Always have bananas in the house! Nearly every baby I have ever met likes them, they're easy for little hands and they provide a filling and nutritious snack or part of a meal.
- Frozen veggies can be just as healthy as fresh and can go from the the freezer to high chair tray in under 5 minutes with a microwave. We like green beans, baby carrots and broccoli.
What are your failsafe quick cheats for your baby led weaner?
* a loss of energy and motivation to cooking that is common for parents of babies and small children.