Fillets of Plaice
Fish is an excellent source of protein. Plaice is one of the best fish to start with as it has a suitably soft texture. Oily fish like salmon, trout and sardines are especially good as they contain omega-3 essential fatty acids which are very important for visual and brain development. Its true that fish is good for the brain - DHA is an omega-3 essential fatty acid found in oily fish that makes up 40% of the brain. A baby’s brain grows rapidly between birth and three years and most of the growth takes place in the first year. A small proportion of babies are allergic to fish so watch carefully for any reaction.
Fish is an excellent low fat source of protein and it is important to encourage a liking for fish early on. I find that one of the best fish for baby food recipes is plaice as it purees to a smooth consistency.
Here I have mixed it with a tasty cheese and tomato sauce and carrots, so this recipe provides a good source of protein, calcium and vitamins.
250g carrots, peeled and sliced
Steam the carrots for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, place the fish in a microwave dish, add the milk, dot with about 15g butter and cover leaving an air vent.
Microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes.
Alternatively, put the fish in a pan, cover with a little milk and simmer for about 3 to 4 minutes or until cooked.
Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan, add the tomatoes and sauté until mushy.
Stir in the grated cheese until melted.
Blend or mash the cooked carrots together with the tomato mixture.
Remove the fish from the cooking liquor and flake, checking to make sure there are no bones.
Mix the fish together with the carrots and tomatoes.
For younger babies you can blend the fish together with the carrots and tomato for a smoother texture.
Suitable for freezing