Babies like the combination of chicken and fruit. Dried apricots are one of nature's great health foods. They are a good source of betacarotene, iron and potassium and the drying process increases their concentration. They also make great finger food, This is good by itself or you can mix with 4 tablespoons of cooked rice or pasta.
Babies are pretty open to accepting new tastes between the age of 6 and 12 months, but tend to become more fussy towards the end of the first year, so use this opportunity to introduce new flavours like this Moroccan-style tagine.
You can make this with my tiny organic pasta shells or some left over cooked rice. For very young babies, you could leave out the pasta or rice and simply blend the sauce with the chicken and sweet pepper. Lentils are an excellent source of protein and iron, which is very important for brain development particularly between the age of 6 months and 2 years.
Adding lentils to a baby puree provides a good source of protein and beta-carotene and also folate, fibre and vitamin C. Orange-fleshed sweet potato is an excellent source of beta-carotene and this lentil recipe makes a sweet, soft, smooth puree that appeals to young babies. This is a simple homemade and healthy lentils recipe for babies.
CHICKEN, APRICOT AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH Suitable from 6 months Suitable for freezing Babies tend to eat well between 6 and 12 months so I like to introduce a variety of flavours Try this delicious purée which is a combination of chicken, apple, carrot, butternut squash, garlic, chopped tomatoes, dried apricots and little garam masala. You can buy garam masala in supermarkets . It is a mix of spices and adds a great flavour to this purée.