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Our Guide to Stage 2 Solids!

Whip up simple & nutritious meals for your little one with our Guide to Stage 2 Baby Solids. Make Weaning fun and tasty with our recipes and meal plans!

Time is flying, and our little man is now a pro at eating solids. He has a great appetite, and loves trying new foods. He is definitely a fan of all fruit, and enjoys his veggies. Meat has been harder for him to get used to, but we are persevering. We covered our introduction to Stage 1 Solids here, and shared some of Jack’s favorites. He’s come on in leaps and bounds since then, so I’m sharing what I’ve been cooking for him lately, along with some sample meal plans.

Breakfast

I’m a little bit paranoid about his iron intake, after hearing from our doctor that babies are at risk of anemia in their first year due to lack of iron. He gets a lot of iron in his formula, but as he’s taking less bottles, I make sure to have at least one iron-rich meal in his day.

Cereal & Banana

Rice cereal (baby cereal) is typically iron-fortified and can provide as much as 40% of the recommended daily intake of iron. In order to beef up the cereal, and improve the taste, I mix it with half a banana and blend in the Béaba.

Banana & Berries Yogurt

Yogurt is a good source of calcium, and Jack is a fruit fiend. I mix up his breakfasts with a fruity yogurt, especially when I have an iron-rich lunch or dinner planned.

 

Whip up simple & nutritious meals for your little one with our Guide to Stage 2 Baby Solids. Make Weaning fun and tasty with our recipes and meal plans!

Lunch

Adding spinach or kale to fruit is a simple way of packing iron into your little ones meal.

Apples, Peaches & Pears (Suitable for Freezing)

  1. Peel, core & chop one large Apple, one peach & one Pear into small 1-2 inch cubes
  2. If steaming, steam for about 10 minutes until soft, and blend until puréed.
  3. If boiling, boil with 4-5 tablespoons of water over a low heat until soft. Purée in a blender, or using a hand blender.

Apple & Kiwi (Suitable for Freezing)

  • Peel, core & chop one large Apple into small 1-2 inch cubes
  • Peel & chop two kiwis into small 1-2 inch cubes
  • If steaming, steam for about 10 minutes until soft, and blend until puréed.
  • If boiling, boil with 4-5 tablespoons of water over a low heat until soft. Purée in a blender, or using a hand blender.
  • Optional: Add a handful of spinach in the final 5 minutes of cooking until wilted, and blend with the fruit.

Apple, Blueberries & Spinach (Suitable for Freezing)

This is Jack’s absolute favourite!

Whip up simple & nutritious meals for your little one with our Guide to Stage 2 Baby Solids. Make Weaning fun and tasty with our recipes and meal plans!

Apple, Raspberries & Kale (Suitable for Freezing)

  • Peel, core & chop two large Apples into small 1-2 inch cubes
  • Wash & Chop about 1/2 cup of kale
  • If steaming, steam 1/2 cup of raspberries, and the apples for about 10 minutes until soft, adding the kale in the final 5 minutes of cooking.
  • If boiling, boil with 4-5 tablespoons of water over a low heat until soft, adding the kale in the final 5 minutes of cooking..
  • Blend until puréed.
Dinner

Cauliflower & Cheese (Suitable for Freezing)

Cauliflower & cheese wouldn’t be my thing personally, but Jack actually loves it.

Whip up simple & nutritious meals for your little one with our Guide to Stage 2 Baby Solids. Make Weaning fun and tasty with our recipes and meal plans!

Chicken & Veggie Stew (Suitable for Freezing)

Jack still isn’t too keen on chicken, but if I mix it with enough veggies and sauce, he will eat it without noticing.

  • Peel & chop 1 x Carrot, 3 x Medium Potatoes and 1/6 Onion into small 1-2 inch cubes
  • Measure 1/4 cup of frozen peas
  • If steaming, steam all of the above together for 15-20 minutes until soft.
  • If boiling, simmer in a covered pan of boiling water for 20-25 minutes until soft.
  • Add 1/2 cup of cooked chicken (diced) to the prepared veggies.
  • Add 1/4 cup of unsalted chicken or vegetable stock.
  • Blend until puréed.

Veggie Stew (Suitable for Freezing)

This one is handy as you can add pretty much any vegetables that you have in the fridge to potatoes, and add stock or gravy. Potatoes/Carrots/Parsnip are a favourite in our house, but Potatoes/Brocolli and Cauliflower go down well too!

 

  1. Peel 1 large potato, 1 large carrot and 1 large parsnip*. Slice into 1-2 inch cubes.
  2. If steaming, steam for 15-20 minutes until soft.
  3. If boiling, simmer in a covered pan of boiling water for 20-25 minutes until soft.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of unsalted chicken, vegetable stock or some gravy
  5. Blend until puréed.

*Substitute any other veggies for the carrot and parsnip for variation.

Sample Meal Plans

With the exception of breakfasts, all of the above solids are easy to batch cook and freeze. They can all be combined to make a yummy days worth of meals for your little one. Below are some suggestions for meal plans for your week;

 

Monday

Breakfast: Cereal & Banana

Lunch: Apples, Peaches & Pears

Dinner: Cauliflower & Cheese

Tuesday

Breakfast: Banana & Berries Yogurt

Lunch: Apples, Blueberries & Spinach

Dinner: Chicken & Veggie Stew

Wednesday

Breakfast: Cereal & Banana

Lunch: Apple & Kiwi

Dinner: Veggie Stew with Carrots & Parsnip

Thursday

Breakfast: Banana & Berries Yogurt

Lunch: Apples, Raspberries & Kale

Dinner: Veggie Stew with Broccoli & Cauliflower

Friday

Breakfast: Cereal & Banana

Lunch: Apples & Kiwi

Dinner: Chicken & Veggie Stew

 

Have fun exploring the brand new world of solids with your little one – remember it’s ok if they don’t like the taste the first time, keep trying new combinations and tastes. Enjoy!

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Check out some of our other parenting posts, like this piece on Gestational Diabetes, and this post on How to Make the Most of Maternity Leave

 

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