7-day Healthy Meal Planning Guide for 6 to 24 month old children

One-week menu and recipes for 7 to 8 month old babies

At 6 months old, your baby can begin trying small amounts of puree. Once your baby is used to purees, at around 7 months old, you can consult the menus below to help you design meal plans for your baby.

 

Lunch

Snack

Dinner

Monday

Rice cereal with choy sum and egg yolk

Fruit puree or Baby biscuits (occasionally)

Rice cereal with papaya puree

Tuesday

Spinach and fish puree congee

Fruit puree or Baby biscuits (occasionally)

Pumpkin and tofu congee

Wednesday

Mashed sweet potato and egg yolk congee

Fruit puree or Baby biscuits (occasionally)

Rice cereal with fish and carrots

Thursday

Tofu and banana rice cereal

Fruit puree or Baby biscuits (occasionally)

Winter melon, tomato and pork liver congee

Friday

Chicken and green pea congee

Fruit puree or Baby biscuits (occasionally)

Cabbage and minced pork congee

Saturday

Mashed potato and broccoli with minced beef

Fruit puree or Baby biscuits (occasionally)

Hairy melon and chicken puree congee

Sunday

Tomato and fish puree congee

Fruit puree or Baby biscuits (occasionally)

Spinach and beef congee

Useful tips: Serve a small amount of fruit puree at lunch and dinner

 

Pumpkin and tofu congee

Pumpkin and tofu congee

 

Ingredients (two servings)

  • Three heaped tablespoons pumpkin  (skin and seeds removed, cut into 1 cm cubes)
  • Three heaped tablespoons tofu
  • 1½ bowls thin congee
  • A little oil

Method

  • Step 1: Steam pumpkin cubes for ten to fifteen minutes until soft. Mash pumpkin and tofu together using a fork. Set aside.
  • Step 2: Bring congee to a boil. Stir in mashed tofu and pumpkin.  Lower to medium heat. Add a little oil and cook for another two minutes and serve.

Time-saving tips

  • Vegetables like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, carrots, potatoes, etc. can be cooked, mashed and frozen in advance. First put the food mash into an ice mold, cover well and then put it into a zip plastic bag. Label the preparation date. The mash can be stored in the freezer for up to one week.
  • When using the mash, take the portion required. Defrost it in a bowl inside the refrigerator and reheat it thoroughly to boiling. You can also cook the frozen food mash directly until it is steaming hot.

Recipe variations

  • Pumpkin can be replaced by melon-type  and root vegetables, such as winter melon, palm melon, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc.

 

Rice cereal with choy sum and egg yolk

Rice cereal with choy sum and egg yolk

Ingredients

  • Six level tablespoons infant rice cereal
  • 160 ml (five and a half oz) breastmilk or formula milk
  • Five pieces choy sum leaves
  • Half egg yolk

Method

  • Step 1: Wash the choy sum and soak in water for one hour. Blanch in water. Drain and chop finely and grind through a strainer to make a smooth vegetable puree.
  • Step 2: Place an egg in a pot. Add water and bring to a boil. Cook the egg for ten minutes until done. Remove the egg shell and take out half of the egg yolk.
    Mash with a fork and mix with a small amount of water to form a smooth puree.
  • Step 3: Mix milk with baby rice cereal. Add vegetable and egg yolk puree, and mix well to serve.

Nutrition tips

  • Most infant rice cereal is enriched with iron. This is an important source of iron for babies who are not ready to eat meat.

Key point

  • Use a fork to mash the egg yolk.
  • Add a small amount of warm water to create a smooth texture.

 

Chicken  and green pea congee

Chicken  and green pea congee

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • Two heaped tablespoons skinless chicken meat (minced)
  • Two heaped tablespoons green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • One and a half bowls congee
  • A little oil

Method

  • Step 1: Cook green peas well  in boiling water. Drain.
    Push green peas through  a strainer using a spoon to remove the skin and make a puree.
  • Step 2: Bring the congee to a boil. Add minced chicken and stir well with chopsticks so that the meat pieces do not stick together. Cook until the chicken is done.
  • Step 3: Add green pea puree and a little oil. Bring the mixture back to boil. Serve.

Nutrition tips

  • Meat broth contains very few nutrients. To ensure that baby gets the maximum amount of nutrients from meat, e.g. iron, feed him with meat which is minced finely to an appropriate texture.

Cooking tips

  • Fibrous vegetables and dry beans (legumes) are good for your baby. You can mash the boiled vegetables/beans by using a strainer with  a tablespoon to create a smooth texture for your baby.

Key point

  • Use a spoon to mash the green peas through  a strainer.

 

Winter melon tomato and pork liver congee

Winter melon tomato and pork liver congee

Ingredients

  • Two pieces winter melon (skin removed, cut into three cm cubes)
  • One eighth tomato (small)
  • One slice pork liver (to make one tablespoon of puree)
  • Half to one bowl thin congee

Method

  • Step 1: Remove  the seeds from the tomato.
  • Step 2: Boil the winter melon and tomato in water until soft. Drain.
  • Step 3: Mash the winter melon with a fork.
  • Step 4: Remove the skin from tomato. Chop finely or grind through a strainer to make a puree.
  • Step 5: Steam the pork liver until it is done. Mash with a fork or grind through a strainer to make a smooth puree.
  • Step 6: Bring congee to a boil. Add melon, tomato and liver puree and boil for 3 minutes.
    Serve.

Nutrition tips

  • Liver is very rich in iron and vitamin A. Both nutrients are essential for the health and development of infants and children. However, too much vitamin A is harmful. Liver should not be eaten more than once every two weeks.
  • Iron from meat, fish and eggs can be easily absorbed by the human body. The leafy parts of dark green leafy vegetables, e.g. spinach, choy sum, Chinese spinach, etc., are also rich in iron.
  • To get the maximum amount of iron from vegetables, include vitamin  C-rich fruit in a meal, such as oranges, kiwifruits or strawberries.

Key point

  • Mashing will be difficult if liver is overcooked.
(Content revised 08/2017)