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Simple Vegetable Purees for your Baby

carrot1cauliflowercorn1potatospinach-choppedtomatoHere are a few suggestions of variations for homemade vegetable purees for your baby. And as with all my recipes and instructions – they are very simple and very good for your baby:

Broccoli and Cauliflower:

Place about 1/2 lb. of broccoli or cauliflower florets into a steamer and cook for about 10 minutes – until tender. You can use either one of these vegetables or mix them half and half. When tender, drain,cool slightly and puree. You can use little of the water from pot below your steamer if you need to make the puree thinner. This also works well with potatoes, carrots ot sweet potatoes.

Corn on the Cob:

Remove the outer husk and silk from the corn on the cob and rinse the cob well. Cover with boiling water and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Strain and then remove the kernels of corn using a sharp knife. Puree in your blender. You can also cook 1 cup of frozen corn and then puree. You can combine corn with carrot, leek, potato and little bit of cooked chicken meat to create a complete dinner meal for your baby.

Zucchini:

Place 2-3 small trimmed and sliced zucchini in a steamer and cook for about 10 minutes or until tender. Alternatively, put into a pan with enough water to cover, bring to a boil and simmer for about 6 minutes. Drain and blend to puree. Zucchini makes a great combination meal with sweet potato or leek, potato and peas.

Peas:

You can easily use frozen peas as it is as nutritious as the fresh variety. Cover 1-1/2 cups of peas with water, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 4 minutes or until tender. If you are using fresh peas, you will need to cook them for about 15 minutes. Drain, reserving some liquid, then puree. Use your saved liquid to make your puree the consistency you want. You can also make this puree in a combination with potato, carrot or sweet potato.

Spinach:

Carefully wash 1 cup of baby spinach leaves, removing tough stems. Either steam the spinach (that is preferable) or put in a saucepan and sprinkle with little water. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until leaves are wilted. Gently press out any excess water, then puree in a blender. You can combine spinach with potato, sweet potato ot butternut squash.

Tomato:

Peel, seed and roughly chop 2 med8um tomatoes. Melt a pat of unsalted butter in a saucepan and saute until mushy. Puree in a blender and try combining it with potato, cauliflower or zucchini. You can also add a little grated cheese, melted into the cooked tomatoes.

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Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

2 comments
Lisa Cain - April 27, 2009

This is a great post. It is so easy to make homemade baby food. My favorite source on making homemade baby food is http://www.babyfood101.com
I hope this is helpful.
Lisa

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    Hanna Trafford - April 28, 2009

    Thanks for your comment Lisa! And I am very happoy that you like the Baby food posts – I will most definitely keep adding to it and your comments are more than welcomed!

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