Baby’s Sardine and Sweet Pepper Spread

Posted on Oct 15 2012 - 7:10am by Christine

You don’t often see sardines used as an ingredient in baby food recipes… but we think that’s a shame. Sardines are tasty, low in mercury, economically priced and – above all – highly nutritious.

You can learn more about these delicious fish in our post Five Ways to serve Canned Sardines to Your Baby.

Baby's sardine and sweet pepper spread

Today’s recipe contains just 3 ingredients but produces a mouthwatering spread that you can serve on squares of toast, as a dip, or as a unique sandwich filling. It also makes an interesting topping for a baked potato! It’s ideal for babies from at least 6 months of age who have been separately introduced to all the ingredients.

Bringing your baby not just the goodness of sardines, this super spread also contains a nice boost of calcium and a healthy dose of beta-carotene from the sweet bell pepper!

You can learn more about introducing bell peppers to your baby here – and this section explains how to roast a bell pepper quickly and easily.

To Make Baby’s Sardine and Sweet Pepper Spread You Will Need…

1 cooked (canned) sardine, mashed thoroughly (the bones are edible and can be crushed with a fork)
1 tbsp cream cheese
1/2 sweet bell pepper (we used orange), roasted and de-seeded

Place the cream cheese and roasted pepper in a food processor and blend until thoroughly combined and smooth.
Stir in the mashed sardine.
Baby’s spread is ready! Serve as suggested… and do try some yourself, particularly if you think you don’t like sardines. This recipe may just convert you!

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7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Josie Jo October 15, 2012 at 7:32 am -

    Looks delicious! We’re always looking for new ways to pack in more nutrition. Thank you!

  2. Homemade Baby Food October 15, 2012 at 7:45 am -

    You’re welcome Josie Jo 🙂

  3. Homemade Baby Food October 15, 2012 at 11:04 am -

    Recommendations about introducing meat vary, but most medical professionals recommend offering it from 6 to 7 months. Recent research has even suggested it should be amongst baby’s first foods (please see this page for more info:
    Separate research has indicated that the early introduction of fish can help reduce ‘pre-school wheeze’ and other allergic reactions – more info here: The AAP currently suggests that babies may be offered fish and other foods from 6 months – but it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor to be sure!

  4. Tanya Karla Rossouw October 16, 2012 at 7:19 am -

    Fish is high on the alergy list so I want to know when is it safe to introduce fish to my baby

  5. Homemade Baby Food October 16, 2012 at 12:12 pm -

    The AAP now recommends that ALL foods (except honey) may be introduced from 6 months of age, even those considered to be ‘high allergen’ foods. This is because no benefit has been found in delaying their introduction: (you may like to scroll straight to the summary). That being said, it’s always wise to check with your doctor to be absolutely safe.

  6. Tanya Karla Rossouw October 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm -

    Thanks alot

  7. Homemade Baby Food October 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm -

    You’re welcome 🙂

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