Boiled eggs with two green dippers

Boiled eggs with two green dippers

Something for Everyone
Ben Dearnley

Sometimes foods that are not so well liked can become popular when there’s dipping involved. Serving eggs with asparagus dippers might just help your child develop a liking for this super-nutritious vegetable. If he’s a toast lover, spreading his toast with this lovely broad bean dip makes for a seriously tasty and healthy breakfast.


Quantity Ingredient
1 bunch asparagus, woody ends trimmed
4 eggs
wholemeal toast soldiers, to serve

Broad bean dip

Quantity Ingredient
230g frozen or fresh broad beans
1/2 garlic clove
50g cashews
40g salt-reduced feta cheese
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice


  1. To make the broad bean dip, steam or microwave the broad beans until tender. Refresh under cold running water. Peel and set aside.
  2. Place the garlic and cashews in a food processor and process until roughly chopped. Add the shelled broad beans, feta, olive oil and lemon juice and process until combined but still a little chunky. Set aside.
  3. Cook the asparagus in a shallow saucepan of boiling water for 1–2 minutes, or until bright green and tender (or you can steam it if preferred). Drain and cut in half crossways.
  4. Place the eggs in a saucepan and add enough cold water to cover. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low–medium and simmer for 3 minutes for soft-boiled, or until cooked to your liking. (Avoid giving under-cooked eggs to children under 2 years – cook until the whites have completely set and the yolks have started to thicken.)
  5. Serve the boiled eggs in egg cups with the asparagus on the side and the broad bean dip spread over the toast soldiers.

Baby’s serve

  • For a younger baby, blend together some egg, asparagus and a little of the broad bean dip until smooth. You may need to add some liquid (water or your baby’s milk) to achieve the desired consistency. For an older baby, keep the puréed consistency lumpier or serve as finger food. Gently remove the shell before putting the egg in an egg cup and slicing off the top of the egg.

Toddler’s serve

  • Serve as for an older baby or as is.
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