Trying to think of ways to incorporate nutritious barley in your little one’s menu?
Then we recommend this simple but yummy recipe, which can easily double up as a tasty soup by increasing the quantity of milk you use!
This dish is absolutely full of flavour and the unusual blend of ingredients makes for a unique and gourmet treat for your tot (6 months+)!
Here’s what you’ll need…
2 heaped tbsp cooked pearl barley
4 oz (1/2 cup) cooked broccoli
milk (use whole milk, breast milk or formula)
small handful grated cheese (we used a colourful Red Leicester cheese)
pinch ground nutmeg
pinch freshly ground black pepper (optional)
How to make it…
Combine the cooked barley, broccoli, cheese, nutmeg and black pepper (if using) in a small saucepan and add a little milk.
Warm gently over a very low heat, stirring constantly, until all the cheese has melted, adding a little more milk if necessary.
*Transfer to a food processor and blend, slowly adding enough warm milk to achieve a suitable texture for your baby (we used under 1/4 cup, which gives quite a runny puree). If you want a chunkier result, just pulse instead – barley has a great texture for getting baby used to ‘lumps’.
*Please note – you should omit this step if you wish to make a soup – instead, pour about 8 fl oz (1 cup) of milk into the saucepan and, stirring constantly, warm gently throughout.