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Lamb as a first food: 8 lamb recipes that are perfect for babies and toddlers

The one thing better than watching your team take out the big game is doing so while eating some delicious food, so we’ve gathered ten recipes that are perfect to feed a crowd with. Each recipe is quick and easy to prepare, can be adapted to feed large numbers, and most importantly - is delicious to eat!

Lamb's Liver and Vegetables

Suitable from 6-7 months. A small spoonful of cooked and puréed lamb’s fry (liver) added to sieved or mashed vegetables gives a good iron boost.

Shepherd's Pie for Kids

Once your baby is comfortable eating red meat, around 6 months, you can begin preparing meals for your baby from the main meal. Meals need to be bland and the right texture for your baby, but flavours can be 'revved' up at the end of cooking for the rest of the family, as indicated in this recipe.

Casserole Lamb

This delicious lamb casserole is perfect for winter on the menu. It's best served with steamed fresh greens (think cauliflower and peas) and mashed potatoes. Again, meals for baby need to be bland and have the right texture for your baby, but flavours can be 'revved' up at the end of cooking for the rest of the family, as indicated in this recipe.

Lamb Soup For Young Ones

If you have a baby or toddler in your household, a simple beef or lamb and vegetable soup is a handy meal. Keep flavours basic, then when the soup is cooked you can scoop out cooked meat and purée it with some of the vegetables through a mouli for baby. The well-cooked meat is easy to purée and of course, there's plenty of tasty liquid to moisten it so it's just the right consistency for the baby. For adults, you can season the soup to suit.

Toddler Bolognese

Lamb mince is a family favourite and a good source of dietary protein, iron, and zinc. This Toddler Bolognese will be a hit with the whole family and sneaks in plenty of extra vegetables. Still serve some broccoli or green beans on the side, as it’s good to normalise eating whole vegetables from a young age.

Meaty Hot Pot

Here's a traditional lamb dish tweaked for little ones and topped with sliced potatoes. Suitable from 6 months - we've included preparation steps for various age groups.

Moroccan Diced Lamb

This Moroccan Lamb dish is packed full of flavour and perfect for the whole family, it is sweet and sticky yet savoury and so yummy! The kids will be begging for seconds. As with the other recipes on this list we've included method steps for the different age groups.

Family Lamb Stir-fry

With all the goodness of iron, carbohydrates and minerals perfect for muscle recovery, this dish is perfect to serve up post-exercise. Quick, easy, delicious. Suitable for toddlers.

Posted by Shawn Moodie

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