When Raffy decided he loved mushrooms, I decided that I didn’t offer them or cook with them at home enough. So I’ve been on the lookout recently for some great mushroom meals to add to his weekly diet. Of course a meal that came up a lot when I was researching mushroom dishes was stroganoff. It’s not something I see people offering to babies a lot and so I thought, “why not”. I had a look at a few recipes, tried some out for size and then got to work making my own Mushroom and Chickpea Stroganoff For Babies.
I decided to add chickpeas into this recipe to make it a good source of plant-based protein and iron and I also omitted any salt or stock (although I’ve included Marmite which does contain added salt).
The serving here was ideal as a small portion for me and 1-2 meals for Raffy. The portions will vary a lot depending on how much your little one eats, what age and stage they are at weaning-wise and also how much you eat as an adult too. If you’re unsure about portion sizes check out our ‘Little Portions’ factsheet over on the LittleFoodie.Org website.
I also like the fact that this can be served with rice (2-5 tablespoons of cooked rice for a 1-4 year old), pasta or potatoes too, which is good for adding variety to a baby’s diet.
Ingredients: (serves around 2-3 portions)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 – 1 ½ tablespoon of paprika
- 250g of chestnut mushrooms
- 125mls of recently boiled water
- 1 heaped teaspoon of marmite
- ½ a tin of chickpeas
- 3 tablespoons of yogurt or dairy alternative
- Heat the oil in a pan for a few minutes and then add the onion.
- Fry the onion until it’s nicely browned and then add the paprika and the garlic, stir well.
- Add the mushrooms and continue to stir until the ingredients have blended well (for around 5 minutes).
- Add the recently boiled water and the marmite and cook for 5-10 minutes until most of the water has boiled off add the chickpeas for a couple of minutes at the very end.
- Remove from the heat once it’s nice and thick and add your yogurt – stir well to avoid seperation.
- Serve a large spoonful or two to baby along with 2-5 tablespoons of rice (age dependent).
- Save the rest for yourself or as a meal for baby at a later date (or both).
Mushroom and Chickpea Stroganoff For Babies
And here you have a wonderfully satisfying mushroom and chickpea Stroganoff for babies and toddlers! You make want to make more though, as you will want to try it for yourself! Please take a look at other healthy recipes I have written.