Brain Food From The Waters

Protein-rich Fish Recipes for Babies 7 Months Up

Fish contains protein, calcium, selenium and B vitamins all necessary for developing a healthy nervous system. Fish is one of the few food sources offering complete protein or all of the 9 amino acids. White fish (e.g. cod, threadfin, haddock etc) is preferred over others at the early stages because it is easily digested and 'tolerable' in terms of taste. Fish also has an edge over other meat forms because it is an excellent source of omega 3s. This is why fish has gained the reputation of being the brain food from the waters.

Fish and spinach porridge

A few tablespoons white rice/brown rice

Fresh white fish (Haddock, cod or any other variety)

Spinach leaves

1. Wash rice and drain. Bring some water to boil in a pan, add the rice and cook over low flame. Let it simmer for ½ an hour. Stir frequently to prevent porridge from burning.

2. Debone the fish and make small slices. Wash spinach and chop into small pieces.

3. In the last five minutes before porridge is ready, add the fish and spinach. Remove porridge from stove when the fish and vegetable are cooked (both don't take long to cook). Mix well and dish out into baby's bowl. Allow the porridge to cool slightly before serving to your baby.

This duet offers your baby essential vitamins and minerals

Cod Fillet with Vegetables Trio

1 baby potato peeled and chopped

1 small carrot grated

1 slice cod fillet skinned

A dash pepper, bay leaf


1 small tomato skinned and chopped.

1. Place vegetables in a pan of water cover and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or till vegetables are tender

2. In another pan place fillet with pepper, bay leaf and pour some milk over. Poach fish for about 5 minutes or until it flakes easily. Discard the leaf.

3. Melt the butter in a pan, sauté the tomato until mushy. Stir in flaked fish (check for bones beforehand).

4. Add in the cooked vegetables and mash all together with a mouli into a puree of desired consistency. Add some liquid if necessary.

This fish dish is a good one to introduce to your baby because of the fairly mild taste.

Steamed Pureed fish with mashed green vegetables

1 small fish fillet (cod/threadfin or any other white fish)

1 potato chopped

1 small zucchini chopped / ½ cup spinach finely chopped/ ½ cup peas*

1. Debone the fish and remove all skin. Steam fish for about 5-10 minutes till cooked through. Meanwhile, steam potato till soft. Add cooked potato with fish in blender. Blend with either cooled boiled water or formula/breast milk till smooth.

2. Steam vegetable (either one of the three) till tender; drain and blend till smooth. Add liquid (water, or formula/breast milk) to obtain your preferred consistency.

3. *if you decide to use peas, strain it through a sieve to remove skin after steaming.

4. You may also serve this to an older child but with some modifications to the texture.

Fish stock Stocks made at Home

100 g Dried anchovies

1 liter of water

1. Wash the anchovies properly to remove the salt. Drain and set aside.

2. Bring the water to the boil. Add the dried fish and let it simmer over low flame. Cover the pot with a lid

3. Simmer for about half an hour

4. Strain the stock and allow to cool before using. Freeze the rest in ice cube trays.

5. You may choose to use fis
h bones or fish meat to prepare the stock as they contain no sodium, especially viable for babies below a year old.

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