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.
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
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 :
She gave us some amazing chimichurri as a BONUS! It also tasted great with the meatballs.
This baby led weaning (BLW) recipe is very easy. You take the ground lamb:
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine in a stand mixer.
Then shape the mixture into 16 BLW-approved meatballs. This recipe makes 16 baby led weaning iron-rich 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.
BLW Minty Lamb Meatball Recipe
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
- 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
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
Combine all yogurt ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well.
Let me know if you make this BLW recipe for your family. Did everyone enjoy it?
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