Monday, 14 March 2016

Baby Bites Salmon in a Cheese Sauce with Sweet Potato and Vegetables

Bridget is now 18 months and whilst she's always loved her food from her first weaning tastes, she has started to get a little fussier and unpredictable in her eating habits. Some days she may really enjoy some sliced carrots and then the next time I try to offer her some she's uninterested so I now try to offer at least 3 small portions of vegetables with every main meal in the hope that she won't reject them all and this tactic is paying off.

This meal is delicious for all the family and takes little preparation aside from preparing the cheese sauce.

The below serves one toddler and one adult.

Salmon in a Cheese Sauce with Sweet Potato and Vegetables

Here's how: 

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder 
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 150ml-200ml milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Generous grating of nutmeg
  • 50g Cheddar or other hard cheese - I used Pilgrim's Choice here)
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 small fillets salmon
  • Handful frozen peas
  • Baby corn
  • Mange touts
  • Tenderstem broccoli (or any other vegetables you have to hand) 
Firstly pop the oven onto 180 degrees and place the potatoes into the oven to bake.

Now prepare the cheese sauce by melting the butter gently in a heavy-bottomed pan then adding the flour once melted. Mix with a balloon whisk and slowly add the milk, mustard powder, bay and pepper and allow to gently heat. Add the cheese and the nutmeg and stir with a wooden spoon. Once satisfied with the sauce, set aside. If too thin, add a tiny bit of cornflour and cook out. Now set aside.

Place the salmon into a small ovenproof dish and cover with the cheese sauce and place into the oven for ten minutes.

Now prepare the vegetables by either placing into boiled water for five minutes or steaming for 9 minutes.

Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and scoop out the flesh and pop onto the plate.

Drain the vegetables and add to the plate and finally remove the salmon and cheese sauce and dish up. Enjoy!

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