Weaning 3: Creating a balanced diet

Food, Parenting

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Now that Ben is on 3 meals a day, including puddings, I felt that it would be helpful to do some meal planning for him. Not on a grand, day-by-day scale, but more to give me a sense of different things he could have for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Contrary to what most of the weaning books say, I’ve decided to only give Ben meat or fish once a day (most suggest twice, for lunch and dinner). I felt that this would give him much more balance, and I want him to grow up being prepared to eat a real variety, including vegetarian dishes. I also wanted to start including some dishes from different world cuisines, so I went hunting in my recipe books.

I try to include some finger foods at each meal time, and try to avoid this being toast all the time (he loves toast). I also didn’t want him to have a wheat or dairy overload each day, so I use these lists to help me to balance his diet. There doesn’t appear to be a link between wheat or dairy and his eczema, but I don’t think it’s good to be over-dependant on wheat or dairy-based food.

So, generally, this is what I’m working with. I’ll try to link to recipes where they are on the web, and will gradually post some of my own recipes as well.

Breakfasts

  • Porridge
  • Weetabix
  • Fruit and rusk
  • Eggy bread
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Pancakes
  • Banana, cream cheese and jam sandwiches
  • Fruity cous cous

Lunches

  • Lovely lentils
  • Vegetable tagine and cous cous
  • Pasta with tomato sauce
  • Pasta with vegetables and cheese sauce
  • Scrambled eggs on toast
  • Baked potato with beans or tuna and sweetcorn
  • Cherub’s cous cous
  • Rice and Dahl
  • Risotto
  • Bean and vegetable chilli
  • Macaroni cheese
  • Frittata
  • Avocado and pitta breads
  • Sweet potato wedges
  • Carrot and lentil soup 
  • Egg parcels
  • Falafel

Dinners

By Naomi

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