Dill-icious Homemade Baby Food

Posted on Jan 6 2010 - 6:28pm by Christine

If your use of dill is limited to fish dishes – or if you’ve never used dill at all – then today’s post will help you discover some tasty ways to make your baby’s food even more dill-icious!

Dill comes in two forms – dill weed (a herb) and dill seed (a spice). Dill weed (which is the type we are referring to in the rest of this post) has a lovely aromatic and sweet flavour, whilst dill seeds taste rather like caraway seeds.

Not only does dill impart a wonderful flavour to your baby’s food, it’s good for him too! Dill may help protect against cancer and has anti-bacterial properties, which means it can help protect your baby against infection.

It’s also a good source of calcium, plus it contains the important minerals iron, manganese and magnesium (a nutrient we posted about recently).

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Nutrition Facts – Dill Weed, Fresh

What’s more, dill is NOT listed as a common allergen and many people believe that it actually aids digestion, so it can be included in your baby’s diet from 6 months of age (with your doctor’s consent, of course). That being said, dill and other herbs/spices should be introduced just like any other new food, following the four day rule and watching carefully for any signs of digestive discomfort or allergic reaction.

Although dried dill weed can be used in your baby food recipes, fresh dill is nicer (if you can get it). Make sure that the leaves are feathery and green, not droopy, so you’ll know they are truly fresh. Dill will keep in the fridge for only a day or two and is best stored wrapped in a damp paper towel, which helps preserve its freshness.

Homemade baby food ideas using dill…

  • Add a sprinkle of finely chopped dill just before serving soups and stews.
  • Add chopped dill to scrambled egg (made with yolks only until your baby is a year old). Our little one LOVES his dill-flavoured scrambled eggs!
  • Add chopped fresh dill to mashed white potato.
  • Mix chopped fresh dill with plain yogurt or yogurt cheese and use as a dip for veggies or a healthy topping for baked potato.
  • If you bake your own bread, add a little dill to your dough!
  • Add dill to your meat dishes – it goes really well with chicken, lamb and pork.
  • Add chopped fresh dill to your homemade stocks/broths just before storing them.
  • Toss cooked green beans with finely chopped fresh dill… mmmm!

Please feel free to add your own ideas for yummy ways in which to use dill in your baby food recipes!

More information about introducing herbs and spices to your baby

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