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Baby bolognese

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Imawurzel Sun 07-Sep-08 14:34:00

I want to try and give my 8 month old DD bolognese.
Was thinking of buying a small pack of mince, cooking it up, add either a few fresh tomatoes or a tin, some chopped carrot and some other veg.
what can i add to make it 'gloopy'??
I have a food processor but it doesn't seem to really mush things up, but she is having some food with bits in.
I tried her on mash with cheese in, had maybe 2 baby sppons and didn't want anymore, also carrot and parsnip not so mushed, same with carrot and courgette.
can they have baked beans??
i really have no idea what i can start giving her, yes i am clueles.
also, (sorry) she won't have breakfast, she doesn't like porridge, or the yogurt with berries (from cow and gate i think)
Help please??
TIA. smile


ilovemydog Sun 07-Sep-08 14:42:20

I do 'baby bol' with:
dash of oregano
tinned tomatoes

I also add a bit of milk at the end to soften the flavor.

And blend in food processor. A few bits are OK

make a big batch and freeze.... (and if your DD doesn't like, you can have it - just add salt!)

mankymummy Sun 07-Sep-08 14:45:37

or buy the cheaper mince and gently simmer in water then scoop off the excess fat... it seems to make the mince into more of a puree than "bits" if you see what i mean.

Imawurzel Sun 07-Sep-08 14:46:25

goodo, i lurve bolognese, thanks for that. I will go get stuff tomorrow and let you know how she deals with it.
When i make it for myself and DH i add lots of onion, courgette, curry powder (DH loves curry!!!) and woos sauce.Obv she can't have this.
Didn't know if i had to put other baby freindly bits or what in.

Umlellala Sun 07-Sep-08 15:02:09

What's the difference between baby bolognese and normal bolognese? <thick emoticon>

giddykipper Sun 07-Sep-08 15:07:59

Weetabix for breakfast?

Imawurzel Sun 07-Sep-08 15:08:23

i didn't know if i should make it baby friendly somehow that's all.
so was me being the thick one

SoupDragon Sun 07-Sep-08 15:09:27

You don't need to blend it at all.

SoupDragon Sun 07-Sep-08 15:10:10

the only thing your DD can't have from your version is poss the worcester sauce (and maybe less of the curry!)

Imawurzel Sun 07-Sep-08 15:18:48


MrsBadger Sun 07-Sep-08 15:39:01

soupy is right - just make normal bolognese with no worcester sauce. Much tastier, the veg is good too.

Finger food is absolutely the way to go IMO - much better than getting stressed re just how blended stuff is.

Baked beans are quite salty - read the tins and get the lowest-salt one (without sweeteners) you can find.

breakfast - dd doesn't like porridge or sloppy stuff much either, so she has bread or toast with cream cheese or hummus, or mini shredded wheats softened in a bit of milk. Actually when she was smaller she lurved baguette (or any bread) broken up in hot milk - the kind of thing my grandmother ate as a baby...

weebump Mon 08-Sep-08 20:33:53

Bolognese is the best meal to share with the lo, I think. I've made it up with garlic and onion, carrots, mince and tinned tomatoes, and a dash of tomato purée. No salt. At 8 months mince should be perfect in terms of lumpiness, so no real need to liquidise in the blender. Let your daughter try it out as 'normal' and if she doesn't like it then give it a bit of a blitz. Serve it with pasta shells and grated cheese and let her pick it up herself.

Similarly for breakfast, toast, pieces of fruit, french toast, scrambled eggs, mini shredded wheat, all eaten with the fingers. It keeps them occupied, and gives you time to have your own food grin

Tutter Mon 08-Sep-08 20:36:31

i'll be the voice of dissent then...

i give it a few whizzes in the blender because i hate the way mince can clump together

in fact, after doing it for ds1, i do it for all of us now grin

Overmydeadbody Mon 08-Sep-08 20:38:39

What's wrong with the worcester sauce?

My baby boblgnese is essentailly the same recipe as the children's bolognese, but with shorteer strands of spaghetti added to it!grin

Worcester sauce (albeit a gluten free version) goes into the baby shepherd's pie too. If it's the salt content you're worried about it really is such a miniscule amount it hardly makes any difference to the sodium content of the meal.

Overmydeadbody Mon 08-Sep-08 20:45:44

How to cook clump-free mince (works for lamb as well as beef grin):

Put the mince into a big bowl.

With clean dry hands squish it all loads and loads until you have broken up the big 'worms' of meat and it is all more of a mushy patty.

Add it to a hot pan with the already sauteed softened onions (and garlc and other veg etc.). Stir it constantly, mashing and breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until it has all changed colour.

Add enough boiling water to cover, turn down low and simmer until all the water has evaporated. Repeat with more water.

Once you've done this twice add your tomatoes for bolognese or flour and stock for shepherd'd pie etc.


Bumperlicious Mon 08-Sep-08 20:50:27

We just give DD bolognaise we are having (n salt). I would say the opposite of Tutter wrt to whizzing as if it is clumpy your LO can pick it up herself more easily.

Breakfast ideas:

Weetabix or shredded wheat bitesize (add a dash of cinnamon if too bland)
Scrambled egg
Eggy bread

Just give her some of whatever you are having, as long as you make sure it's not too processed and you don't add salt.

Don't feel feel constrained by what you think she should have for breakfast either, just give her a bit of what she likes. She doesn't know broccoli (or whatever she likes) isn't a breakfast food!

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