As summer approaches this recipe is all about making summer nights easy with a dinner that is perfect for the entire family – from babies to parents. I think this recipe is particularly good if you have a picky eater on your hands as it is fun to eat and burgers always feel like a treat.
So, hands up if you have trouble getting greens into your kids? Some kids love them, some kids just dislike the very idea of greens such as spinach or kale. The problem is that leafy greens are an essential part of our diets and we need to, try, to find ways to get our little (and bigger ones) enjoying these kinds of food. Easier said than done, I know. However, this recipe could help out if you have a picky eater or one who simply refuses to gobble up their vegetables. These handy little burgers contain veggies blended into the meat and so are a brilliant way to get some sneaky vegetables and greens into your little ones, especially if they are a picky eater.
The beef and spinach combination in these burgers mean that it is a super iron rich meal. Iron is one of the most vital minerals to include in our diets. Maintaining the right level of iron can help reduce tiredness and boost your immune system. Once your baby reaches six months old they enter a phase of rapid growth and at this time the iron stores that babies are born with starts to run out. Making sure you include iron rich solid foods in their diet from six months and beyond will ensure their iron needs are met. Iron assists with brain development and is also needed to create haemoglobin – the protein in our blood that carries oxygen around the body. And, let’s face it, anything that helps the adults combat tiredness can’t be bad!! You can read more about the importance of Iron for babies & toddlers here.
Combining the veggies into the burgers means that they are easier for smaller babies to eat, food that can be held easily by small hands are perfect for baby led weaning as they allow your little one to take some control of their eating, and the mess is reduced! Win, win!
Burgers like this are also a great option for batch cooking, make them ahead of time and freeze with a small piece of parchment paper between each patty like the photo above.
This recipe is sponsored by Dunnes Stores and you can find all of the amazing ingredients in-store! If you make this recipe please do tag me on Instagram #babyledfeeding! I always love seeing your creations.
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