Baby Led Solids: Research & Experiments

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Shepherds Pie

baby eating shepherds pieHappy Autumn! I'm very pleased to be making comfy fall-like dinners again. One of my standbys is shepherds pie, in which I use Morning Star Crumbles, mashed potatoes (made with natural yogurt in place of milk) and frozen mixed veggies (green beans, carrots, peas, corn, lima beans). Obviously, there is a lot of room for customization with this meal as you could use any kind of meat or veggies.

I plopped a mound on Buttercup's tray and said/signed "hot" to her. She does really well at waiting for her food to cool down. I used to wait to serve food to her until it had cooled, but that got to be a nuisance. I don't think most babies would purposely hold on to something if it was uncomfortably warm, but maybe Buttercup is just a genius.

Anyway, she loved this meal. I've noticed that Buttercup has no qualms with foods being mixed. She will happily pick through it for specific items, or shove a handful of mixture in her mouth, depending on her mood. She ate this meal hand over fist, using both hands to move food to her mouth really quickly like a little machine. By cleanup time she had eaten roughly half a cup, and there was absolutely no fallout on the floor which made mommy very happy. For the record: Buttercup doesn't usually eat that much food during her solid meals.

PROS: great way to combine yummy foods
CONS: none


  1. Would you be willing to share your recipe? It sounds like it would be a delicious meal.

  2. I will, but I'm warning it's not an exact science! I cook by the seat of my pants most of the time. HA HA!

    1) "brown" a bag of morning star meal starters crumbes with a large onion (diced) and 1/2 Tbsp of minced garlic. Add salt & pepper to taste (leave out salt if baby will be eating it).
    2) Add 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce, 1/2 c stock, and enough corn starch to make the "meat" mixture gravy-like.
    3) Make mashed potatoes with about 5 medium potatoes (however you like them)
    4) prepare whatever veggies you want (3/4 bag of frozen mixed veggies will work)
    5) Assemble: "meat" mixture on bottom, then veggies, then potatoes.
    6) Sprinkle with cheese.
    7) Bake @ 375 for 20 minutes until potatoes are golden-y.
    Serves about 6.

  3. Forgot to say you will need a bit of oil for step 1...