I think our baby led weaning sweet potato and spinach burger recipe has to be the most viewed page on our blog of all time and considering how popular it is on Pinterest it will continue to be for many years to come. As you know, I am always looking to create new recipes in the kitchen so I thought I’d do a little twist on the vegetarian sweet potato and spinach burger and add a little tuna. Introducing tuna patties for babies!
Dexter is now 23 months old so kind of past the baby led weaning stage, but he still loves eating finger foods and loves things like burgers, nuggets and pizza; all unhealthy stuff that I try to make as healthy as possible in the kitchen. This tuna baby led weaning recipe, using sweet potato and spinach alongside canned tuna to make burgers or patties, incorporates so many healthy nutrients and I am more than happy for him to have as many as his heart desires.
Tuna patties for babies
No matter whether you call these tuna patties or tuna burgers, this baby tuna recipe is gonna be a firm favourite in your household!
These tuna baby led weaning burgers are pretty simple to make, they cook quickly and are able to be stored in the fridge or freezer if you want to batch cook a few. I highly recommend only keeping them for three days in the fridge and fully defrosting them before eating them if you do decide to freeze them.
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Can you use canned tuna in baby led weaning?
The NHS states that canned tuna can be used as part of a balanced and healthy diet for your baby, however that choice is down to you. Canned tuna can contain mercury and for this reason, some nutritionists will say it’s not safe for children under the age of two. I advise you to do your own research and decide if you should offer canned tuna to your baby or not.
Canned tuna is a great option for lazy Mums like me who want to cook simple recipes. Because it’s already cooked and has a long shelf life, it’s something that can be kept in the cupboard for ages and used whenever necessary!
What are the benefits of giving tuna to babies?
- Full of healthy protein
- Good for the heart
- Tuna is a great source of Vitamin B12 and folate
- Contains Omega-3 fatty acids which aid growth and development
Can the tuna patties be frozen?
Yes absolutely! These tuna and sweet potato patties can be stored in the fridge for up to three days and can be stored in the freezer for up to a month.
Be sure to fully defrost any frozen items before serving to your baby. I also recommend storing them in air tight containers to keep them super fresh.
- can of tuna
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 egg
- handful of spinach
- seasonings to taste (pepper, garlic, basil, oregano, cayenne,)
- Cook the sweet potato either in microwave or oven, or if you are lazy like me, buy frozen diced sweet potato and steam it or boil it gently for ten minutes.
- While the sweet potato is cooking, wilt the spinach by frying gently in some oil or garlic or by pouring boiling water over it, then squeezing out the water.
- Mash the cooked sweet potato and add the canned tuna. Mix well.
- Add an egg and combine thoroughly.
- Add seasoning to taste.
- Prepare a baking tray by lining it with foil and spraying oil where your patties will go.
- Using a table spoon, spoon some mixture and roll into a ball. Place on the baking tray and then lightly press down on the ball with the back of your spoon so a burger shape is formed.
- Repeat until all of the patties are made.
- Bake in the oven at 180C for fifteen minutes until browned.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 100mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 6g
Author: Nicola Hughes
Nicola has weaned both of her boys using the baby led weaning method. She loves nothing better than creating simple recipes that anyone can recreate, using as few ingredients as possible. All of her recipes have been tried and tested by both Dexter and Felix and have their seal of approval!