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Grilled Lamb Chops Recipe for Babies

Grilled lamb chops made baby led weaning (BLW)

This is the second blog post part of the “Half Lamb for Babies” series.  Basically, I bought a half lamb and every time I cook a portion, I make it appropriate to serve to babies six months or over (and the rest of the family for that matter!).  I started with minty lamb meatballs for babies made with ground lamb and today I’m sharing a scrumptious grilled lamb chops recipe.  Fancy yet simple.

First off, I thawed one package of lamb chops from La Ferme Valens:

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I picked some fresh rosemary and thyme in fresh herbs pot:

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Can you spot the one sprig of fresh rosemary in my pot of fresh herbs?

 

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Check out the fresh thyme on the left

After that, I combined all the ingredients except the lamb chops in a small bowl:

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Then I rubbed the herb mixture on both sides of the lamb chops.  I placed the lamb chops in a container to marinate for one hour in the fridge:

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Finally, I cooked them on the barbecue at the highest temperature.

 

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The finished product! You can offer one small lamb chop to your baby to gnaw on.

Babies can gnaw on these lamb chops even when just starting out at around 6 months old. They won’t get much meat off but the sucking action will draw out the iron from the meat and this can keep them busy for a long time. Long enough for the rest of the family to enjoy a nice hot meal while the baby chomps on the baby led weaning (BLW) lamb chops.

 

Did you ever give a lamb chop to a baby?

 

Grilled Lamb Chop Recipe for Babies

 

INGREDIENTS

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped

Pinch cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt (omit if you have a baby under 12 months)

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 lamb chops

 

Combine all ingredients except the lamb chops in a bowl. Rub the mixture on both sides of the lamb chops and let marinate for at least one hour in the refrigerator. Then, remove from refrigerator and allow the lamb chops to come to room temperature for about 20 minutes.

Then, heat barbecue over high heat, add the chops and sear for about 2 minutes. Flip the chops over and cook for another 3 1/2 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and offer one small lamb chop to your baby. Enjoy!

Makes approximately 4 adult-sized portions.

Recipe inspired from the Food Network.film Extinction 2015 download

 

Precautions

Before doing Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) with your baby, it is important to proceed safely by contacting a pediatric registered dietitian. Among other things, make sure that:

  • your baby is ready and does not start too early
  • your baby is sitting at 90 degrees
  • you do not place food in his/her mouth with your fingers
  • the environment is calm during meals
  • you offer the right foods to your baby (always test the texture of the food in between your tongue and roof of your mouth)
  • you watch your baby eat at all times
  • you contact a pediatric registered dietitian to make sure you are proceeding safely
  • you read the warning below

Warning*

BLW is contraindicated for babies at risk of dysphagia, such as babies who have an anatomic disorder (cleft palate, tongue tie), a neurological disorder (developmental delay, hypotonia, oral hypotonia) or a genetic disorder. Follow-up by a health professional (doctor, pediatric registered dietitian) is necessary for babies at risk of anemia such as babies born prematurely, babies with low birth weight (less than 3000 g), worries related to growth, babies born to an anemic mother, baby for whom cow’s milk was introduced early and/or a vegan baby.

*Cusson and Labonté, Baby-Led Weaning Conference, June 2018, Nutrium, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal

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Minty Lamb Meatball Recipe for Babies

BLW minty lamb meatball recipe for babies… oh how divine this is!  For the first time ever, we decided to buy a half lamb to store in our freezer. This time we went with Ferme Valens in Huntington because they are at the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue market and we see them all the time. My plan is to make all parts of the lamb baby led weaning (BLW)-friendly and blog about it. Today I’m starting with a simple meatball recipe perfect for babies’ hands.

 

Precautions

Before doing Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) with your baby, it is important to proceed safely by contacting a pediatric registered dietitian. Among other things, make sure that:

  • your baby is ready and does not start too early
  • your baby is sitting at 90 degrees
  • you do not place food in his/her mouth with your fingers
  • the environment is calm during meals
  • you offer the right foods to your baby (always test the texture of the food in between your tongue and roof of your mouth)
  • you watch your baby eat at all times
  • you contact a pediatric registered dietitian to make sure you are proceeding safely
  • you read the warning below

Warning*

BLW is contraindicated for babies at risk of dysphagia, such as babies who have an anatomic disorder (cleft palate, tongue tie), a neurological disorder (developmental delay, hypotonia, oral hypotonia) or a genetic disorder. Follow-up by a health professional (doctor, pediatric registered dietitian) is necessary for babies at risk of anemia such as babies born prematurely, babies with low birth weight (less than 3000 g), worries related to growth, babies born to an anemic mother, baby for whom cow’s milk was introduced early and/or a vegan baby.

*Cusson and Labonté, Baby-Led Weaning Conference, June 2018, Nutrium, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal

 

I already had most ingredients in my kitchen so I didn’t have to make a special trip to the grocery store. I did however make a special trip to my sister’s to pick some of her mint that’s taking over her garden! Here we are picking the mint :

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Picking mint at my sister’s

She gave us some amazing chimichurri as a BONUS!  It also tasted great with the meatballs.

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Bonus chimichurri from my sister’s

This baby led weaning (BLW) recipe is very easy. You take the ground lamb:

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Ground lamb from Ferme Valens

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine in a stand mixer.

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All ingredients are in the hand mixer

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Then shape the mixture into 16 BLW-approved meatballs.  This recipe makes 16 baby led weaning iron-rich meatballs:

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Uncooked meatballs

Then cook them on the barbecue for about 10 minutes. Easy!  Perfect for little baby hands! I served these baby led weaning (BLW) meatballs with a yogurt lemon dip, recipe below.

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Lemon yogurt dip
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The mouthwatering final product contains lots of iron.

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The baby led weaning (BLW) serving size

BLW Minty Lamb Meatball Recipe

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INGREDIENTS

1 pound ground lamb

1/2 cup finely chopped white onion

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint

2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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INSTRUCTIONSWatch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

  • Heat the barbecue.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl (I used my stand mixer) and mix to combine.
  • Form into 16 balls (about 2 teaspoons each) and place on skewers.
  • Cook on barbecue until meatballs are no longer pink in the middle, about 10 minutes.

        

Note: These BLW meatballs can also be made in the oven at 375F on the middle rack. Place individual baby led weaning meatballs on a baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes. Do not overcook them as the texture will be tougher.

 

Lemon Yogurt Dip

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INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole-milk plain Greek or thick yogurt

¼ cup peeled cucumber, minced (optional)

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Zest of 1 medium lemon, grated

½ tsp freshly ground pepper

 

INSTRUCTIONSWatch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Combine all yogurt ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well.

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Let me know if you make this BLW recipe for your family.  Did everyone enjoy it?

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