Deciding how to offer meat to our babies can be a difficult one. I’ve been playing with the idea of ground meat (savoury mince on a preloaded spoon, perhaps?), a tender beef stew or a slow-cooked leg of lamb. I ended up deciding to use ground beef to make mini spinach beef burgers as I felt that ground meat would be easier for babies to physically handle and, in the form of a burger, easier for them to hold and self-feed. Meat, particularly red meat, is an important consideration when starting solids as it provides a highly absorbable form of iron and is also an important source of zinc and Vitamin B12.
Mini Spinach Beef BurgersPrint Recipe
- 450 grams lean beef mince
- 1 carrot
- 100 grams spinach leaves
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
1. Steam spinach either in the microwave with a little water or in a steamer for 5 minutes. When spinach is cool enough to handle, squeeze spinach from excess water and blend in a food processor until smooth. Place in a mixing bowl.
2. Place carrot in the same food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Place in a bowl with spinach.
3. Add mince to spinach and carrots and add egg, breadcrumbs, garlic powder and tomato paste.
4. Mix ingredients thoroughly and form into ‘burgers’ using 2-3 tablespoons of mince mixture for each burger.
5. Cook burgers on a lightly oiled grill pan (or fry pan) over medium to high heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
6. Cool before offering as finger food for baby (or toddler).
7. It makes 6 adult size burgers and 6 baby size burgers (or lots of mini burgers).