How can we make our babies joyfully eat vegetables? In the following recipes you will introduce vegetables and fruit in the best way possible to your babies. These purees can be their first healthy foods that taste deliciously.
Let’s start with Green pea puree:
- 1 cup (155 g) frozen petite peas, thawed
- 2 small fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
Place the peas in a saucepan with a steamer basket. Pour in about 2.5 cm of water. Place the pan over medium-high heat, cover, and bring to a boil. Steam for about 4 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and remove the steamer basket. Rinse the peas under cold water to cool quickly. Transfer the cooled peas and the mint leaves, if using, to a blender or food processor and process to a very smooth or chunky puree. If needed, add a little water, breast milk, or formula to thin the puree.
Butternut squash puree
Wholesome butternut squash is packed with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins, making it one of the best foods for your babies.
Preheat the oven to 190ºC. Halve the squash lengthwise and use a metal spoon to scoop out the seeds and fibers. Place the squash, cut-side down, in a baking dish large enough to hold both halves. Add 125 ml water to the pan.
Bake until the squash is very tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Using a metal spoon, scoop out the flesh, discarding the skins. Transfer the squash to a blender or food processor and process to a very smooth or chunky puree.
Apple & pear sauce
- 1 apple, such as Pink Lady or Honey crisp
- 1 ripe pear, such as Bartlett
Peel, quarter, and core the apple and pear. Cut the apple and pear into bite-sized chunks. In a saucepan fitted with a steamer basket, place the apple chunks. Pour in about 2.5 cm of water. Place the pan over medium-high heat, cover, and bring to a boil.
Steam the apple for 2 minutes, then add the pear chunks.
Remove the pan from the heat and remove the steamer basket. Transfer the steamed fruit to a blender or food processor and let cool. Process the fruit to a very smooth or chunky puree. If needed, add a little water, breast milk, or formula to thin the puree.
These recipes are intended for babies six months and up.