In this post we share a great recipe for pork and pear meatballs. Pairing meat with something sweet is a great way to get little ones to eat more meat.
Meat is a great source of protein. For children aged 1-3, it is recommended that they consume approximately 13 gm of protein. When aged 4-8 they require closer to 20 gm of protein per day. Women require approximate 46 gms per day!
Sometimes for after a couple of months eating solids with gusto some babies suddenly refuse the spoon, this often coincides with introducing meat. This is usually because of two main reasons:
- texture – it is harder to get a smooth consistency pureeing meat than fruits and vegetables.
- metallic taste – you can try and conceal this by pureeing fruits such as pear or apple along with some vegetables into your meat purees.
Pork and pear meatballs
Once your baby is ready for finger-food including meat in their diet becomes much easier. For example you can offer meatballs, meat strips, nuggets or goujons. Here is a recipe I gave Freddie for his tea this evening which went down a treat: Pork and Pear Meatballs.
Freddie ate 3! I served them with rice and carrots.
Pears are a good source of potassium, vitamin c and dietary fibre. Most of which is found in the skin. Pears are also a very low allergenic fruit so are a good first food for babies. A slice of ripe pear is very easy for little people to eat.
Would you like to try some other pear recipes? Why not try one of these:
- 100g pork mince
- ½ medium pear
- 1 slice of wholemeal bread
- 100g vegetables of choice (I used some canned sweetcorn today)
- ½ small onion
- Blend bread into breadcrumbs. Add grated vegetables and pear.
- Fry off onions in a little oil until softened and then add to the blender and blend.
- Add the pork and mix in or blend if your baby prefers smooth textures.
- Shape the mince mixture into balls and roll in flour.
- Brown in a frying pan before transferring into a baking tray and baking for 15 minutes at 190 C until cooked through.