1. Apple, pear and avo pureé
Apples and pears are a lovely way to prevent constipation in the first few weeks of solids. Mix them with some avocado to help balance the sugars.
Makes ½ cup
1 pink or red apple, peeled and grated (or finely chopped)
1 pear, peeled and finely chopped
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
½ tsp lemon juice
- Pour 1-2 cm water into a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and steam the apple and pear in a silicone or metal basket steamer over the water for 3-5 minutes or until soft.
- Mash fruit together with the avocado flesh using a fork, or purée for a smoother texture. Stir in lemon juice.
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2. Moroccan lamb with prunes and millet
Your granny was right – prunes are the perfect laxative for little tummies. Balance out introducing red meat, which can cause constipation, by adding some prune purée to the mix.
Makes 3 cups
1 tbsp avocado oil
200g lamb mince
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
½ tsp minced garlic
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground ginger
⅓ cup prunes, pitted and soaked in ½ cup
1-2 cups homemade or low-sodium vegetable stock (or boiling water with 2 tbsp dried herbs)
½ tin chopped tomatoes with no added salt
½ cup millet
3 cups garden peas, fresh or flash-frozen
- Heat avocado oil in a medium pan and fry mince, onion, garlic and spices until the meat is browned.
- While the meat is browning, purée the prunes with the soaking water. Add prune purée, stock, tomato sauce and millet to the lamb.
- Bring to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid is reduced to a thick gravy. Add peas and cook for another 2 minutes or until heated through. For a smoother texture, purée in a blender.
Find more weaning recipes in Weaning Sense by Meg Faure and Kath Megaw.