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Finger Food recipe suggestions for 11 month olds

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    Finger food - French Toast recipe

    A little less ordinary but yummy and great for everyone:

    4 free range eggs
    250ml milk
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    2 tablespoons castor sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    4 slices of sour dough bread or thick sliced white bread (French stick and Turkish bread will also work)
    150g butter

    In a bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla.

    Heat a pan or on the flat plate of the barbeque (on lowest setting) melt the butter. As the butter melts begin soaking each slice of bread in the egg mixture until wet through.

    Place in the pan and cook until golden brown before turning over - It is important to cook on a low to medium setting so the egg mix cooks through the bread and sets rather than have on a higher heat which will burn the outside and leave the inside soggy.

    Once cooked, move to a plate and top with your choice of toppings such as bacon, maple syrup, honeycomb butter, fresh berries, ice-cream or lemon and sugar or simply have it on its own.

    I'll dig up a few more we used to find a necessary for our bub and will post them online as I find them.

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    Smile Baby finger food recipes - Heaps!

    I found this on another expat website in HK. We've tried some and it's worked on our bub. I hope this fits on a page... if not I'll break it up to two replies.

    The remarks made are not mine... I've simply cut and paste the suggestions when I found this list. Not everything may be suited for your bub but I thought mums who need finger food recipes may find them handy.

    Baby Finger Food



    1 package firm tofu
    1/4 cup whole wheat flour (more or less)
    1 egg equivalent
    1 cup fine dry whole wheat bread crumbs
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 teaspoon black pepper


    1. Cut tofu into long sticks or squares.
    2. Spread flour on a small plate or flat dish.
    3. Beat egg in a shallow dish.
    4. Mix remaining ingredients in shallow dish.
    5. Turn each piece of tofu in the flour to cover, then into the egg, then crumbs, and then to the rack.
    6. Chill in Fridge for 30 minutes or more.
    7. Bake at 175 C (350 F) for 15-20 minutes until crisp.
    8. Can freeze and reheat later.



    2 carrots
    1/4 lb zucchini
    1/4 lb Cheddar
    6 oz potatoes
    2 large eggs
    1/4 cup bread crumbs
    dash of cayenne pepper
    olive oil


    1. Peel carrots and potatoes and grate them, along with zucchini and cheddar cheese into large bowl.
    2. Stir in eggs, bread crumbs, pepper.
    3. Heat about 1/2" vegetable oil in a 10" skillet.
    4. Pour in 1/4 cup of batter.
    5. Press down with spatula and flatten.
    6. Cook until well browned on both sides.
    7. As each pancake is done remove from pan and set on plate covered with paper towel to drain.
    8. Serve hot. Makes approximately 12 cakes.
    9. Can freeze and reheat later


    Chicken breast, cut into thin long sticks
    yogurt - plain
    crushed cereal - shredded wheat, cheerios, corn flakes,

    Roll chicken strips in yogurt
    Then coat with crushed cereal of your choice.
    Bake on lightly greased baking sheet at 200 C (400F) for 20 minutes or until done.
    Can freeze and reheat later.


    2 chicken breasts - sliced into cubes
    1 egg
    bread crumbs or crushed flaked cereal
    Small amount of black pepper, basil and oregano

    1. Scramble egg into a wide bowl.
    2. Dip the breasts cubes into the egg.
    3. Roll in the bread crumbs mixed with black pepper, basil, oregano
    4. Bake until golden at (190 C or 375F)
    5. Transfer to plate lined with paper towels, allow to cool and then wrap in foil or plastic wrap, then transfer to freezer.
    6. Can freeze and reheat later


    Scrub sweet potatoes (approx 6 medium/large ones) clean well.
    Cut into small cubes or long strips.
    In a large bowl, add about 1/4 cup of olive oil.
    To this you may add:
    cinnamon, black pepper, paprika..

    Toss the cut up sweet potatoes into the bowl and stir so that the potatoes are drenched with the olive oil mix.
    Dump mixture onto a baking sheet, drizzle remaining olive oil over the potatoes on the baking sheet.
    Stir and swirl the potatoes on the baking sheet before placing in oven.
    Bake for approx 30-45minutes or until tender at 200C (400F)
    Can freeze and reheat later


    1 pound ground turkey or ground chicken
    bread crumbs
    wheat germ
    1 egg
    1 clove garlic diced very small
    1⁄2 onion diced very small
    teaspoon each of: pepper, paprika, basil, thyme and/or oregano

    1. Mix ground meat with approximately
    2. 1 cup of bread crumbs, 1/4 cup wheat germ, 1 egg and the spices you have chosen.
    3. Vary the measurements as you blend the ingredients, you may require more/less bread crumbs.
    4. If too dry, add some pureed vegetables like pumpkin or sweet potato.
    5. Roll into balls.
    6. Place on deep baking pan, with a little bit of olive oil.
    7. Bake at 190 C (375F) until golden or for about 25-30 minutes.
    8. Do not allow these to burn.
    9. Cover the pan with tin foil to help prevent burning if need be.
    10. Use a small baking pan so you may shake and roll the meatballs around - helps to keep even cooking.
    11. Cool, Wrap, Freeze!

    Broccoli & Cheddar Cheese Nuggets

    1 16-oz Package frozen broccoli, cooked, drained, and chopped
    1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
    1 1⁄2 cups Shredded cheddar cheese
    3 Large eggs

    1. Heat oven to 190C (375F)
    2. Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.
    3. Combine all remaining ingredients and mix well.
    4. Add seasonings if you like - garlic powder, pepper, extra basil & oregano for example
    5. Shape mixture into nuggets or sticks.
    6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, turn nuggets over after 15 minutes.
    7. Can freeze and reheat later


    1 cup basmati rice
    1 1/2 pounds of Sweet Potato (orange not white ones!)
    3/4 cup frozen baby peas
    3/4 cup zucchini
    1/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs
    1 tablespoon ground cumin
    1 garlic clove
    1 egg
    2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley
    freshly ground black pepper
    olive oil

    1. Cook the rice in a large saucepan of water (typically 2 cups of water per 1 cup rice)
    2. Chop & steam or boil the sweet potato until tender, drain well.
    3. Mash until almost smooth.
    4. Cut the zucchini into small dices - add zucchini and all other ingredients to mashed sweet potato and mix well,
    5. Season with salt & pepper if desired.
    6. Divide the mixture into equal portions and cook in lightly oiled frying pan for approx. 3 minutes each side,
    7. Drain on paper towel. Great warm or cold!



    4 chicken breasts

    1 tbsp lemon juice
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    2 tbsp soy sauce
    freshly ground black pepper and paprika
    1 tbsp olive oil

    1. Cover the chicken breasts with greaseproof paper and flatten slightly with a mallet or a rolling pin until about one and a half cm. (1/2 inch) thick.
    2. Cut into long strips
    3. In a bowl mix together all the ingredients for the marinade and marinate for at least one hour.
    4. Remove the chicken and reserve the marinade.
    5. Heat the frying pan until hot.
    6. Brush chicken with a little olive oil and cook the chicken for 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
    7. Strain the marinade, pour it into a small saucepan, bring to the boil and then simmer for one minute (add a little water if necessary).
    8. Can freeze and reheat


    175g (6 oz) sliced whole wheat bread
    25g (1 oz) butter
    1 medium onion, finely chopped
    175g (6 oz) grated courgette / zucchini
    150g (5 oz) Cheddar cheese, grated
    1 egg, separated
    a little pepper
    olive oil for frying

    1. Make the breadcrumbs by tearing the bread into pieces and blitzing it in a food processor.
    2. Grate the corgette / zucchini and squeeze the excess liquid out.
    3. Heat the butter in a frying pan and fry the onion until soft.
    4. Add the grated courgette and cook for 3 minutes until softened.
    5. Mix with the grated cheese, half the breadcrumbs, the egg yolk and seasoning. Shape into 8 sausages about 10 cm (4 in) long, using floured hands.
    6. Dip into the lightly beaten egg white and then roll in the remaining breadcrumbs.
    7. Heat some olive oil in a wok or frying pan and shallow fry the sausages until lightly golden.
    8. Can Freeze BEFORE cooking.

    Also - I do like Inari Sushi, which is the rice stuffed in deep fried tofu pockets. #2 likes these quite a bit, and is happy to eat them. Definitely don't know if you can batch cook these, or freeze them, (in fact I wouldn't advise it) but you could enjoy them, as they are pretty tasty for adults too.

    I'm experimenting with different veggie "spreads" for sandwiches, using a cream cheese base. SO some of the veggie cubes defrosted and stirred in with cream cheese and spread on top of bread. So far she hates all of them, but I'll keep trying. HAHAH.

    #2 also likes all of the Korean Juhn (pancakes) which are a bit time consuming but can be frozen and reheated. It's simply a matter of taking a courgette, slicing it into rounds, salting them, then dusting them with flour (so the egg would stick) and then coating them with egg and then frying them in veggie oil. Very pretty and works well with a variety things like mushrooms, courgettes, bell peppers.
    (Not my remarks - Spockey... Came from the website)

    Hamburger Patties:

    lean ground beef (I suppose you can substitue this with turkey or chicken, too)
    grated carrots
    celery (very finely chopped --or not, depending on how much texture your LO can take; you can also substitute spinach for celery, if you like)
    onions (very finely chopped)
    fresh coriander
    a bit of corn starch to hold everything together
    a bit of soy sauce

    Bake in oven or grill them (with olive oil or coconut oil).

    You can make a batch and freeze them (uncooked). My husband and I love this, too; we just add a bit more seasoning to ours (e.g. basil or oregano, etc.)

    Tortellini - store bought that I made for myself was also a big hit with him, as is pasta (whole wheat or veggie), peas, cheese, Oatios (instead of Cheerios), and other things he can pick up.

    He is starting to use the spoon, and we found that if the puree/super porridge is thick enough to stick to the spoon he can feed himself some and seems to enjoy it.

    kebabs? grilled tofu on a skewer (or too dangerous)?
    just looking at annebel karmel's as i type and she's got lots of ideas - golden fish balls, cunrchy chicken fingers, rissoles, croquettes sweetcorn/cheery tomato/tofu kebab,all suitable for freezing!

    or tuna melt, courgette fritters, carrots with crunchy cornflake topping!
    go check out the book!

    Spinach Pie

    1 cup cooked rice
    1 cup chopped fetta cheese
    1 packed frozen spinach (about 250gms I think) - thawed and well drained
    3 eggs beaten
    1 tablespoon melted butter
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    pepper to flavour

    1. Mix it all together and put into a 23cm pie dish (size doesn't really matter), and into a 180C oven for 25 minutes.
    2. Cut into portions and freeze what you don't eat.

    I also used to change/mix the vegies eg. grated carrot and zuchinni, corn, beans, peas, etc.

    Quiche - I made a spinach quiche for us, and gave baby a slice cut up the next day and he loved it - and it had lots of garlic and onions!

    Tortellini - still a hit, even with our sauce, again with lots of garlic

    Grilled Turkey, Chicken, Salmon - all worked out well, marinated in lemon juice, soy, black pepper, nutmeg, garlic. Cooked on grill, then cut up in little pieces and frozen, so we can reheat when needed.

    Brown Rice Cakes (no salt)

    Brown Rice - I have made brown rice with my dinner and brown rice vegetable stir fry and he loves eating off my chopsticks.

    Fish Fingers

    1 cod or haddock fillet, skinnned and boned
    1 egg well beaten
    2 tbsp plain flour
    2 tbsp breadcrumbs
    1 tbsp olive oil

    1. cut the fish, into 6 strips
    2. dip into beaten egg, then flour, and breadcrumbs
    3. heat oil in frying pan until sizzling and cook the dipped fish on medium heat, 2-3 mins on each side
    4. can freeze

    Bean Burgers


    ➢ make the patties coin shaped, easy for baby to hold
    ➢ can use a can each of the beans or to avoid the salt use the soak overnight kind
    ➢ can also put in some finely chopped leeks or any veg for that matter i'm guessing. also any 2 kinds of beans. haven't froze them yet but I don't see why not.

    red kidney beans
    1 carrot, peeled and finely grated
    1 small onion, peeled and finely grated
    50g sunflower seeds (I put it in a coffee grinder for baby)
    2tbsp tahini
    1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
    1tbsp wheat free veg bouillon powder (some stock or miso will do)
    some coriander (optional)

    1. preheat oven to 220C. line a baking tray.
    2. put all ingredients in a bowl. use your braun hand held blender for a fairly coarse mixture.
    3. shape into balls then press into patties/coins
    4. put in oven for 15-18 mins.

    Fruity Breakfast

    1/2 small banana
    2tbsp plain yogurt
    1-2tbsp fresh, ripe peach, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
    1-2tbsp baby porridge/oatmeal

    1. Mash the yogurt and banana together until well blended.
    2. Add the peach cubes and stir well, until the cubes are coated.
    3. Roll the cubes in the oatmeal flakes to make them easy for baby to pick up, then serve!

    Applesauce Muffins

    2oz softened butter
    2oz sugar
    1 egg (if your baby is under 1 year, you may prefer to use these egg substitutes)
    3oz applesauce
    4oz flour
    2tsp baking powder
    pinch cinnamon

    1. Preheat the oven to 200 deg C, 390 deg F.
    2. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until light.
    3. Beat in the egg until fluffy.
    4. Beat in the applesauce.
    5. Stir the dry ingredients together and add them to the bowl, blending just enough to moisten the dry ingredients.
    6. Spoon into greased muffin tins and bake for around 15 mins, until golden.

    Sweet Potato And Cinnamon

    1 sweet potato
    ground cinnamon

    1. Bake the sweet potato in its skin, until tender.
    2. Cool, then carefully remove the skin.
    3. Cut into cubes, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

    Baby Chicken Fingers With Apple

    9oz ground chicken
    1 medium carrot
    1 medium apple
    1/2 garlic clove
    1oz onion
    1 small egg yolk, beaten
    1oz fresh breadcrumbs
    pinch crushed, dried thyme
    pinch freshly ground black pepper

    1. Peel and grate the carrot, apple, garlic and onion.
    2. Place into a mixing bowl, along with the ground chicken.
    3. Add the beaten egg, breadcrumbs, thyme and black pepper.
    4. Mix well.
    5. Take small balls of the mixture and roll into little "sausages".
    6. Place on a grill pan (broiler) and heat under the grill for 10 mins on each side.
    7. Allow to cool.
    8. Serve, or store some in the freezer for future use (if you haven't already eaten them!)

    Cheesy Vegetable Nuggets

    8oz frozen broccoli florets
    4oz breadcrumbs
    6oz Cheddar, grated
    2 1/2 tbsp water
    2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
    1 1/2 tsp baking powder

    Heat the oven to 375 deg F, 190 deg C.
    Cook the broccoli, then drain and chop well.
    Combine with the remaining ingredients and mix well.
    Form the mixture into nugget shapes and place on a greased baking tray, about 3in apart.
    Bake for 20-25 mins, turning halfway through the cooking time.
    Serve warm.

    Baby Meatballs

    8oz lean minced/ground beef
    4oz mashed potatoes

    Pre-heat the oven to 350 deg F, 180 deg C.
    Combine the ingredients and blend well.
    Roll into 1in balls.
    Place on a baking tray and cook for around 20 mins.
    Drain the fat, then cool and serve.

    Cinnamon Apple Slices

    Your baby will like the sweet juicy flavor and the challenge of picking these up will help develop her fine motor skills. These are super easy to make and great for any meal or as a snack!


    Wash, peel and core 1-2 golden delicious apples. Cut the apples into slices about 1⁄4-inch thick. Place the slices of apples in plastic bag and sprinkle a dash of cinnamon over the apples slices. Close the bag and shake it up so the cinnamon is distributed evenly over all of the slices. Place the slices in a microwave safe dish and cook them in the microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. Let them stand for 5 minutes. They are done if a fork slides into them easily. Cool completely before serving.

    Storage: Lasts four to five days in the refrigerator or up to two months in the freezer.

    Age to introduce: About nine months
    Dusted Tofu Cubes

    These nutritious, little cubes are fun to pick up and they taste good too! For a little variety, you can use banana instead of tofu.

    1/4 teaspoon flax seed, finely ground
    1-2 tablespoons of Cheerios (or other cereal) OR 2-3 graham crackers
    5-6 1/2-inch cubes of firm tofu


    Place ground flax seed and cereal/graham crackers in a bag and crush into crumbs. Add tofu and shake lightly to coat the tofu cubes with the crumb mixture. Serve immediately.

    Age to introduce: Over 12 months (without flax seed 8-10 months)
    Last edited by spockey; 10-01-2007 at 02:21 PM.

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    Thanks Miaka for your input. I thought strawberries are a no no for the first year?

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    Wow Spockey!! That's awesome!! Some great recipes - I think I should just start cooking for the whole family not just the girls!! LOL!
    Now I'm hungry :)

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