Food, glorious food! Sweet potato and pea?

It’s been four weeks since I started to wean baby Hero and to be honest it hasn’t been a complete disaster. Apart for a slight constipation issue Hero hasn’t been spitting out my whizzed up veg concoctions.

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Curious (not miserable)

I’ve been using a combination of New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner by Annabel Karmel and my own recipes. Hero’s tummy is happy so far and his favourites are pea and carrot and leek, sweet potato and pea puree.

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Leek, sweet potato and pea puree – before the whizz

Leek, sweet potato and pea puree - after the whizz

Leek, sweet potato and pea puree – after the whizz

I try not to stick to one book or even a book at all and experiment with some favourite Saul recipes. We had some guests over today (including a 2-year-old) so I rustled up some lamb meatballs in homemade tomato sauce with fusilli.

Before I added a little salt and the meatballs to the sauce I decanted some and whizzed it up with the pasta for Hero. It was a success! In a few weeks time, I’ll give him a small taste of the meatballs.

If you’re interested in cooking up  yummy tomato sauce for your kids (or grown ups) give this a go and let me know what you think.

Mango’s Small Person Tomato Sauce

Ingredients
Glug of olive oil
2 onions finely chopped
2 carrots, grated
4-5 Garlic cloves finely chopped or crushed in garlic press
A bit of fresh ginger, peeled and grated

Herbes de Provence, (3-4 pinches)
1 tin of plum tomatoes (prefer plum to chopped – they taste so much better for some reason).
A few squirts of Tomato Puree
Boiled water (Use 400g tomato tin)
Salt (couple of pinches if cooking for toddler otherwise omit)
Pepper, couple of pinches

Method
Heat oil then add onions. Cook for 2-3 mins.
Add ginger and garlic, cook for a further 1-2 minutes.
Add carrots and cook for 3-4 mins.
Sprinkle in the Herbes de Provence and stir.
Now add the tin of tomatoes and cook for 1-2 mins.
Add tin of boiled water and cook on a low heat for 30 mins (or until there is no water left).
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Happy weaning!

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