Sponsored content for Countdown’s Smiling Tums
Just as you nail feeding your baby milk, it’s time to start introducing solid food. This can add a whole new level of complexity to your daily routine.
To make this time easier, we have put together some tips and recipes to help make this time fun, if not slightly messy!
When you first start weaning your baby they are usually reliant on you to spoon-feed them while they sit semi-reclined and secured. Fast forward a few short months, and the changes are vast! Not only are they generally over runny and mashed food and ready for lumpy food they are also keen to try finger food – and all this while they are likely keen to be on the move.
These changes are exciting to see but also require a bit of planning so having a convenient, healthy go-to is a great option. Countdown has launched the perfect solution – Smiling Tums baby food range.
Conveniently packaged in a BPA-free resealable pouch, Smiling Tums are the perfect size to throw in your bag as you head out the door.
Developed in conjunction with nutritionists, the Smiling Tums range is the ideal solution when you don’t have time for meal preparation or for convenience when you’re out and about. In addition, Smiling Tums’ eight different products have no added sugar – they are naturally sweetened with fruit and vegetables!
Progressing from smooth to lumpy
Once your baby is happily gobbling down the first smooth, runny solids, you can start introducing thicker and lumpier food. Pasta or noodles are a great way to start as you can mash it to the desired size, use small sizes such as macaroni or specialty baby pasta, and then once your child is keen to start on finger food use larger pieces like spirals, penne or noodles.
Mixing trusted favourite flavours, such as the Countdown Smiling Tums meat and vegetable range, into bulkier food is a great way to start.
Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Spirals
- 1 cup buckwheat pasta spirals
- 1/2 cup orange kumara, grated
- 1/2 cup beans chopped into 2cm pieces
- 1 Smiling Tums Chicken & Vegetables pouch
- 1/2 cup parmesan, grated
- In a medium pot, bring lightly salted water to the boil. Cook the pasta as per packet instructions. When there is five minutes cook time remaining, add the kumara and beans. Drain once cooked.
- Add the Smiling Tums pouch and half the Parmesan and mix together.
- Serve garnished with the remaining Parmesan.
Moving on to new textures
At around 7 or 8 months, your baby will be ready to move on from being spoon fed the bulk of their meals – it’s time to start introducing lumpy and finger foods.
You could also use warmed Countdown Smiling Tums Baby Food Chicken & Vegetables, Sweet Potato, Carrot & Parsnip or Beef & Vegetables for your child to dip pasta, or cooked and cooled carrot sticks into – also a great way to keep a busy child occupied when you are out and about together.
The addition of a pouch of Smiling Tums Apples, Pear & Cinnamon to an apple muffin recipe results in a tasty toddler treat bursting with flavour and nutrition.
Mini Apple, Pear and Cinnamon Mini Muffins
- 1 cup self-raisingflour
- 1 Smiling Tums Apples, Pear & Cinnamon pouch
- 1 egg
- 1/2 apple grated
- 20 grams butter melted
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 180°C (160°Cfan-forced). Lightly grease a 12-hole mini muffin tin.
- Place the flour into a medium sizedbowl. In another bowl combine the Smiling Tums pouch, egg, apple, butter and milk. Pour into the flour and mix to combine – be careful not to over-mix.
- Spoon the mixture into the greased muffin tin. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for 12 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and cool before removing from the tin.
For a healthy snack or as the basis for a meal, try frittata boosted with the goodness of a Smiling Tums Sweet Potato, Carrot & Parsnip pouch.
Mini Sweet Potato and Vegetable Frittatas
- 1/2 cup self-rising flour
- 1 Smiling Tums Sweet Potato, Carrot & Parsnip pouch
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup cup grated cheese, plus 2 tbsp extra
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
- Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease a 12-hole mini muffin tin.
- In a large bowl, place the flour. In another bowl whisk together the Smiling Tums pouch, eggs, cheese and vegetables. Pour into the flour and combine well.
- Spoon the mixture into the muffin tins and sprinkle with the extra cheese. Bake for 20 minutes until golden and set.
- Remove from the oven and sit for 10 minutes before removing from the tin.