Paella for babies

For years people suggested waiting to introduce nuts, peanuts, fish and shellfish to a baby, because unlike other food allergies, these allergies usually last for a lifetime. Nowadays, this fact is being revised for some Pediatrics associations all over the world, based on there is no convincing evidence that delaying any food beyond 4 to 6 months reduces the risk of developing an allergy to it.

The fact that seafood is an excellent source of nutrition, rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, as well as protein and vitamin D, has not helped in this discussion. Why preventing my baby to eat something that is that healthy?

Until that discussion is over, it is probably best to start giving our little one seafood after his first year old.

To make it soften in taste, this is mix recipe of paella, using seafood and chicken. Paella originates from the Valencia region, in Spain, and it gets its name from the pan it is cooked in, a paellera. Instead of this we will use a non-stick sauce pan.

In Spain only seafood is used. But a lot of places in the world replicate the recipe using chicken or even sausages as well.


  • 7 oz/200g Long grain ric
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika (be sure it is no hot paprika)
  • ½ red pepper, diced
  • 1 x 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 500 ml chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 6oz/170 g Cooked prawns
  • 6oz/170 g Cooked chicken
  • 2oz/55g frozen peas
  • Handful parsley leaves (1 tbsp chopped parsley)


  1. Put the rice in a colander and rinse well under cold running water. This will clean the rice from its extra starch. Leave to drain. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan or wok and sauté the onion for 5 minutes, until soft and clear. Put the heat in medium, add the garlic, paprika, pepper and rice and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, then pour in the chopped tomatoes, stock and tomato puree and add this to the rice.
  2. Bring up to a simmer and cook for around 15 minutes until the rice is tender and the stock has been absorbed. While the rice is cooking shred the chicken into small pieces and roughly chop the parley leaves.
  3. Stir the chicken, prawns and peas into the paella and cook for a further 2 minutes, until everything is hot. Scatter over the chopped parsley and serv.
  4. This recipe is calculated for 4 servings and it is suitable for freezing. Do not worry about the peas if you choose to use frozen ones. Frozen vegetables that are defrosted and cooked, can be re frozen and reheated.
  5. In you want to prepare this paella recipe without any seafood, just increase the amount of chicken, or replace that amount for sausages, chopped jam, or just roasted meat. Innovate based on your family tastes!!!
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2 Responses to “Paella for babies”

  1. Paella for babies…

    Excellent Paella recipe for babies….

  2. Gary Huckaby says:

    thanks for that man! awesome idea, interesting read. i been trying to convince my boys that we should have a proper curry night in instead of going out every week, and actually did it last week. awesome success, i can tell you! i found a tasty chicken and a few others from this wicked curry recipes site, and even makde the naan myself too. who said guys cant cook!

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