Beefy Base

I personally don't like beef, so it isn't something that BB is likely to try when we eat together. In the spirit of Baby Led Weaning and the idea of introducing as many foods as possible, I do want to give him the chance to like it himself. I have tried him with a slice of beef from the deli counter a couple of times but he was not impressed, so I thought I would give him a chance with mince in a cottage pie style base.

This recipe makes enough to be able to freeze 4 - 6 portions, depending on how much your baby eats.

You can serve the beefy base with mashed potato, baked potato, pasta or rice.

Tonight he had it with pasta. As you can see, it was greeted with approval. Another win for mummy!


200g Beef mince (I used low fat steak mince because it was on offer, but any mince will do as long as you dry fry it first and drain off the excess fat).
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small carrot, grated
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup low salt vegetable stock
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp mixed herbs
small pinch chili flakes


I a medium size pan,  heat the oil and gently fry the onion. Add the carrot and garlic and fry for a further few mins.
At the same time, in a separate saucepan or frying pan, dry fry the mince until it turns brown.
Then add the tomatoes, peas, vegetable stock, herbs chili and the cooked mince to your first pan. Mix and simmer for about 20 mins.

Hello, and thanks for stopping by. My name is Emma and I am a lifestyle entrepreneur, writer, teacher, coach and mentor. I am passionate about eating real food, learning, travel and health. I get to spend my days with my amazing son who has chosen to learn from the world rather than at school. We write to share the life we love and to help others create a life they love too.

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