Let’s Make Matching Meals!
I have to be honest, this is a part of Baby Led Weaning that I am normally not great about. Since I am Vegan and Bennett is not, he eats a lot of foods that I don’t which make it difficult to match our meals entirely. But I have recently started trying to match what Bennett eats to what my husband eats and it has been such a time saver at dinner time! Of course it is important to note that if you are cooking “matching meals” with your little one, make sure you are making some key differences to ensure Baby Led Weaning safety. First, you want to make sure not to over season. remember that babies should not have salt added in their diet so leave that (along with anything spicy of course) out of the babies food. You also want to remember that for Baby Led Weaning, foods may have to be softer/overcooked. For example, Bennett loves Lentil Pasta and so do I! When I make it I take my portion out early and leave his in for another few minutes. Same thing for vegetables like Broccoli, I steam mine for 2-3 minutes but I steam Bennett’s for 4-5 minutes to make sure it is nice and soft for him to eat. There are also foods that little ones can’t have like Honey. While matching meals can make your cooking time quicker, it is super important to make sure you are still making everything safe for your little one to enjoy, here’s a full day of matching meal ideas!
Adult Version: Egg Scramble with Green Onion and Spinach, Half a Banana, Cucumber, Avocado Toast
Baby Led Weaning Version: Egg Scramble with Green Onion and Spinach, Half a Banana Sliced with Chia Seeds, Cucumber and Avocado Slices.
Adult Version: Baked Chicken Breast, Steamed Zucchini and Asparagus, Pasta
Baby Led Weaning Version: Baked Chicken Breast (Shredded), Steamed Zucchini, Sliced Tomato
Adult Version: Baked Salmon Filet, Baked Potato, Steamed Broccoli
Baby Led Weaning Version: Baked Salmon Filet, Corn on the Cob, Steamed Broccoli