Finger foods are not just for baby led weaning little ones. It’s important for all babies to handle food and to practice getting that food into their mouths. Don’t despair if your baby refuses these types of foods to begin with, let them explore the food even if the majority then ends up all squished and thrown on the floor. Just keep offering it and you’ll be surprised that in a short time they will start eating it.
Risotto balls rolled in polenta
Simply make a normal risotto (like our salmon risotto here), let it cool and then roll into small balls and then roll them in a bowl of polenta. Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan and fry the risotto balls until golden. These freeze well.
In the microwave steam a selection of fish (salmon, cod, smoked haddock etc) add to a bowl of freshly mashed potatoes along with some fresh coriander and sautéd spring onions. Mix all together and form patties using your hands. Dip in flour then a beaten egg and finally some breadcrumbs. Heat some oil in a frying pan and fry till golden on each side.
Sweet corn fritters
We love this recipe by Lizzie Loves Healthy here.
If you have time we like this recipe from My Lovely Little Lunch Box. If not we have found Biona Organic Falafel Balls the best.
Turkey, Chicken, beef, pork or lamb! All delicious
Roasted Root Veg
Roast a pan full of carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes and butternut squash drizzled with your choice of oil.
A Few More Ideas
- Steamed veg
- Small pieces of soft fruits e.g. pear, grapes (halved), blueberries (halved), banana etc
- Cubes of cheddar cheese
- Toast/bagels with cream cheese, humous or marmite
- Slices of avocado
- New potatoes cut into small pieces
- Crackers/bread sticks/rice cakes
What are your child’s favourite finger foods?