Baby-led Weaning – meatballs, fritters and apples

Life is busy. Super busy. Moving countries is a challenge. There’s so much to think about and time just flies by so fast!!

But, I have a few recipes to throw at you today.

These meatballs are delish. Don’t just feed them to baby, cook them for yourselves! The apple keeps them yummy and moist and adds a nice bit of texture. Plus, they’re a great size for little hands.

Beef, Rice and Apple Meatballs (Original recipe here: Beef, quinoa and apple meatballs):

  • 400g beef mince
  • 400g cooked brown rice (too hard to get Quinoa in Beijing)
  • 1 grated apple
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • handful of chopped fresh parsley
  • pepper
  • 1 egg

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and then roll into small balls. Place on baking tray and bake for about 30 minutes until brown all over.


I also started looking for a replacement for potato fritters to liven things up. I’m trying to get more variation in her diet. It’s so easy to cook the same things. These babies were a little wet and it was difficult for them to stay together. I think either drain the carrots for a while to reduce moisture, or chill them in the fridge for a while before frying. But, either way, yum!Carrot Fritters (Inspiration recipe here)

  • 4 large carrots, grated/food processed
  • 5 spring onions chopped
  • 2 tsp. cumin, pounded

  • 1 tsp. fennel, pounded
  • 6 tbsp. flour
  • 2 eggs

Roll into balls and flatten in the frypan.

IMG_2963Adella has never really like fresh apple. I think she finds it a little too hard to bite into with her little teeth. So, we’ve been making stewed apples – which she loves! Then, I was thinking back to Girl Guides, and I remembered makin
g baked apples on the campfire. Mmmm….

Baked Apples (Inspiration recipe here)

  • Apples
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar (or equivalent)
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg

Core the apples. Place them in a baking dish and pour over the oth

er ingredients. Bake until soft and cooked through.

No surprises that the family all had these for dessert with a big dollop of yoghurt!



Baby-led Weaning – Frittatas

Another quick recipe to throw your way… frittatas! Super easy and quick to make, and again, very popular with the little one. The thing I like the most about these is that they are baked in muffin trays, so they are automatically a perfect size for little hands.

Find the original recipe here! And here is my variation:


  • 1 rasher bacon
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 capsicum (or other random veg)
  • a small bunch of spinach
  • (I also threw in some pre-cooked rice to bulk it out a little)
  • 4 eggs

Throw the bacon, garlic and veg into a frypan, and fry for a few minutes. Then, put the ingredients into a bowl and mix in the 4 eggs. Throw in the chopped spinach. 

Pour the mixture into muffin tins. I half-filled full-size muffin tins. The original recipe suggests mini-cupcake trays. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until the egg is cooked through.

This is a very flexible recipe – you could throw anything in it!! The original recipe also had cheese, but we’re keeping dairy away for a little while…