The very hungry caterpillar

From 1 year old

Makes 1 caterpillar

Ingredients

For the sandwiches

  • 6 slices medium-sliced brown bread
  • A little softened butter
  • 3 large slices Edam or Swiss cheese
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  • 6 slices medium-sliced white bread
  • 3 tbsp cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp mango chutney
  • ¼ cucumber, thinly sliced

To decorate

  • 1 medium tomato
  • Cucumber
  • 1 cooked pea
  • Edam or Swiss cheese

Method

  1. First, make the brown sandwiches. Butter one side, top with Edam and sliced tomato. Sandwich together.
  2. Make the white sandwiches. Spread one side with 1 tbsp of cream cheese, the other with mango chutney. Top with cucumber and sandwich together.
  3. Cut out three rounds from each sandwich using a 3cm round cutter.
  4. Arrange the sandwiches in an ‘S’ shape to make the body of the caterpillar and arrange on a board.
  5. Make the face of the caterpillar by slicing the pea in half and sticking it on to the tomato with cream cheese to make the eyes. Make a mouth out of cheese and stick it to the tomato.
  6. Make ears out of thin strips of cucumber and push into the top of the tomato. Cut slices of cucumber into four and use to make the feet.
Apricot, raisin and choclate cookies

Apricot, raisin and chocolate cookies

From 1 year old

Makes 20 cookies

Ingredients

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 150g porridge oats
  • 75g self-raising flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g dried apricots chopped
  • 50g raisins
  • 100g plain chocolate chips

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line two baking sheets with non-stick paper.
  2. Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat together. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Shape the mixture into 20 balls. Place on the baking trays and push down to flatten slightly.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until lightly golden but still soft in the middle.
 

Chicken, squash and sage mash

Chicken, squash and sage mash

From 6 months

Makes 4 portions

Ingredients

  • 350g butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 50g cooked chicken, diced
  • 50g Cheddar, grated
  • ½ tsp fresh sage, chopped

Method

  1. Steam the squash for about 10 minutes until tender. Drain and mash.
  2. Add the chicken, cheese and sage and mash together. For younger babies blend the cooked squash with the chicken and then stir in the grated Cheddar and sage until the cheese has melted.

 

Chicken in barbecue sauce

Chicken in barbecue sauce

From 1 year old

Makes 4 portions

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled, sliced then cut in half again
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 450g chicken breast
  • 2 tsp honey

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the onion and fry until tender. Add the garlic and fry for 30 seconds.
  2. Cook the carrot in boiling water for 5 minutes, then drain. Alternatively you could steam the carrot.
  3. Add the stock, ketchup, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and vinegar to the onion and garlic.
  4. Mix the cornflour with the water. Add to the sauce, stir until thickened.
  5. Season the chicken and toss with the honey. Quickly fry the chicken until browned. Add to the sauce with the carrots and simmer for 5 minutes. Season to taste and serve with rice.

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