Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Baby Bites - Cauliflower, Broccoli and Cod Cheese

This has become a favourite for Bridget - fish with cauliflower and broccoli in a cheese sauce and baked in the oven. I originally made this as a weaning dish, but have since prepared it as a meal for myself and my partner too with bigger quantities - it's delicious.

This amount makes for 6-8 portions, depending on how big your little one's appetite is and is very nutritious. It freezes well too which is a bonus, just pop into sealable pots and place into the freezer once completely cooled, them remove them 3-4 hours prior to needing them and ensure they are fully defrosted.

Cauliflower, Broccoli and Cod Cheese

1.5 tbsp unsalted butter
1.5 tbsp plain flour
300ml milk
50g Cheddar
Half a cauliflower
Half a broccoli
120g cod loin fillet

Firstly preheat the oven to 180ish.

In a pan, melt the butter and once fully melted, add in the plain flour stirring in with a wooden spoon or a whisk.

Once combined add the milk a little at a time and continue to stir constantly.

Grate the cheese into the sauce and keep stirring whilst also allowing to thicken. Once it resembles a sauce and seems thick and creamy, remove from the heat and set aside.

In the meantime, prepare the broccoli and cauliflower, cutting into small florets and removing the thick parts of the stalks.

Place the vegetables into a saucepan, cover with boiling water and cook for ten minutes, then drain.

While these are cooking, cut the cod loin into small, baby bite-sized pieces.

Place the drained broccoli and cauliflower into an ovenproof dish, scatter the cod all over and them pour over the cheese sauce. Use the wooden spoon to move the vegetables around to make sure each piece has a good coating of sauce.

Place into the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and remove. I tend to them mash with a normal potato masher to remove any larger lumps and portion up.

If you are serving this right away, of course allow to cool to a comfortable temperature for your little one.

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