This recipe is a yummy variation of my baby led weaning tuna quinoa bites (which you can find here). Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is so amazing for all the family. It is a complete protein meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids which most other grains lack. It is high in Vitamins B & E and is also a great source of fibre. And, if that wasn’t enough it is also a great source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. Quinoa is the least allergenic of all grains so if your little one is intolerant to grains this is a great alternative.
I think the biggest thing about quinoa for people is cooking it. I have had numerous questions from my friends alone about how to get it fluffy and with the backs of packs giving lots of conflicting instructions here’s how I cook mine.
How I cook my Quinoa
I use 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of stock. So whatever cup you have in your cupboard once you measure one part quinoa with 2 parts water/stock it should cook perfectly for you. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce to a low simmer and cover the pot with a lid. The quinoa should soak up all of the water and it generally takes 12-15 minutes.
Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil and fluff up with a fork. Voila …easy!
What age can my baby be to eat these?
I have been giving spices and foods like these to Oscar since he was six months old! He always had flavoursome spices like turmeric, coriander, cumin etc added to his dishes and he loved them. The flavours in these bites are super mild and are a great way to introduce spice to your little one’s meals. They are also super soft and easy to manage so perfect for baby led weaning and little hands. All you have to do is place one in front of your baby and let them get to work.
Buying the ingredients
This recipe is a part of my healthy series for the Dunnes Stores Baby and Toddler Event and all of the ingredients can be found in your local Dunnes Stores. You can check out all of the other recipes for their Baby & Toddler Event here and there is also a super handy shopping list for you to download as well plus tonnes and tonnes of great offers in their leaflet.