Wednesday, 4 October 2017
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10 Wholesome & Simple Baby Food Puree Recipes

baby food puree recipes

You don’t have to be an excellent chef to whip up homemade baby food everyday. Despite being convenient, store-brought baby foods come devoid of essential nutrients and a lot of nourishment that can excite your baby into trying new food groups and that too without upsetting their delicate system. Pediatricians recommend waiting for at least 6 months before starting solid foods. A recent study has revealed that babies that start having solid foods at 4 months age have a lower risk of asthma and allergies later on in life. Indeed, mildly mixed baby puree bestows long-lasting health benefits to the body and staves off potential infections.

In this article, we have rounded up 10 innovative and simple baby food puree recipes that are fast, inexpensive and much more healthy than the foods sitting on the supermarket shelf!

The initial stages of a child’s development is crucial to their health and well-being, and the solid foods provides the ideal opportunity to introduce the tiny tots to foods that are enriched with all sorts of nutrients and carbohydrates to assist with their bodily needs. Since babies have tiny tummies, they do not eat much. Hence it’s essential to make sure that what they eat is good for health and doesn’t pose any threat to their digestive system. That is where baby puree comes in the picture. Mouthwatering, filling and nutritious, it’s the perfect first food for children aged from 6 months old.

Here is a quick rundown of 10 simple baby food puree recipes to give you a better idea on how to make mealtimes happy and rewarding with your little one!

Rice & Pear Puree

Soft, squishy and scrumptious, this baby food puree combines taste with nutrition in a wholesome meal that is suitable for first weaning. It tastes amazing when combined with other purees like butternut squash or sweet potato. You can even serve it with natural yogurt for a balanced meal.

Ingredients

1 tbsp baby rice

10 conference pears
Number of servings: 5
Preparation time: 10 minutes

Method

Peel and core the pears and chop them into even-sized cubes. Add them into a pan of boiling water and let it simmer for around 5 minutes, or till they turn tender. Drain the excess water and blend to achieve the desired consistency. Stir in the baby rice and mix well before serving.

 Spicy Apple Puree

This savory puree is a nice way to introduce your little tot to the delicious, spicy flavors of apple and cinnamon. Serve it with a bowl of cereal or natural yogurt to enhance the nutritional value of the meal.

Ingredients

8 ripe whole apples
1 pinch of dried nutmeg
1 pinch of dried cinnamon
Number of servings: 10
Preparation time: 10 minutes

Method

Peel and core the apples and dice them into small, even-sized chunks. Let them boil in a pan and simmer for up to 8 minutes. Drain the excess water and blend to achieve the desired consistency. Add in the spices and mix well before serving.

Orchard Fruit Puree

The mild licorice flavors of apple, cherry and peach are sure to tantalize the taste buds of your tiny tot and appease his delicate stomach. This puree tastes best frozen and is suitable as a first baby food.

Ingredients

1 whole medium apple
1 whole peach
10 whole cherries
Number of servings: 5
Preparation time: 10 minutes

Method

-Peel and chop the apples. Let them boil in a saucepan and continue cooking on low heat till the apple pieces have softened.

-Chop the cherries and the peach into small chunks.

-Add the boiled apple to the cherries and peaches and blend everything to a smooth consistency. Make it slightly runny if your baby is newly weaning, and lumpier if your baby is older than 6 months.

Avocado & Mint Puree

This refreshing green puree comes enriched with vitamins, minerals and lots of healthy proteins that are easily digestible as well. Serve it as a dip with pitta bread or croutons for older toddlers.

Ingredients

1 large and ripe avocado
6 mint leaves
Number of servings: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes

Method

-Dice one whole avocado in half lengthwise. Twist gently to separate the halves, and scoop out the stone with a knife.

-Extract out the avocado flesh and mash it with a fork.

-Chop the mint finely and toss it into the mashed avocado.

-Puree till you get a smooth consistency.

Sweet Potato & Lentil Puree

Fortified with the goodness of lentils, this nutritious puree is sure to tingle the taste buds of your baby and leave him craving for more. Add in sweet potato chunks for a filling winter stew.

Ingredients

-1 big knob of unsalted butter
-60g red lentils
-1 whole bay leaf
-1 carrot, peeled and chopped
-1 large cup of vegetable stock or water

Method

-Melt a dollop of butter in a pan. Add in the carrots and lentils and cook for two minutes.
-Now add in the bay leaf, sweet potato and stock. Continue to simmer for 25 minutes or till the vegetables and lentils turn soft.

-Remove the bay leaf and blend into a puree.

Cheesy carrot, parsnip and potato puree

This colorful trio of vegetables packs in lots of protein, fiber and useful minerals. Add in a hint of cheese to include the goodness of dairy and enhance the flavor quotient of the meal.

Ingredients

2 large carrots
1 medium potato
1 medium parsnip
1 small cup of grated cheddar cheese
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Number of servings: 4

Method

-Peel and dice all the vegetables. Let them simmer in a pot of boiling water till they turn tender.
-Drain the excess water and add in the grated cheese.
-Blend the vegetables and cheese till you get the correct consistency.
-Add up to 2 tablespoons of water to achieve a runny mixture.

Courgette & Cauliflower Puree

This flavorsome puree is laden with carbohydrates, calories and proteins and keeps your baby’s tiny tummy full for hours in a row, while giving him enough energy to play about and stay active.

Ingredients

-100g cauliflower florets
-200g courgette
Number of servings: 4-5
Preparation time: 20 minutes

Method

-Boil the cauliflower florets for 10-12 minutes till they turn soft. Drain the excess water and keep aside.

-Chop the courgette in small chunks and steam till they turn tender.

-Mix the vegetables and blend till you get the correct consistency. Toss in a pinch a pepper and some grated cheese for added taste.

Berry Puree

Get the goodness of berries with this scrumptious and appetizing puree. Experiment with berries of your choice to tickle the taste buds of your child.

Ingredients

100g blueberry
100g raspberry (frozen or tinned)
100g strawberry ( frozen or tinned)

Method

-Dice and stone the fruits.
-Combine the berries and mix till you get the right consistency.
-Pass the blended mix through a sieve and mash with a wooden spoon, in order to remove the small seeds.

Roasted Spinach & Carrot Puree

This savory yet light puree is suitable for fussy eaters. It involves roasted vegetables for extra flavors and packs a powerful protein punch.

Ingredients

2 peeled carrots

2 handfuls of washed and fresh spinach

Method

-Dice the carrots into small slices and cover the spinach leaves in an aluminum foil parcel. Place them on a baking tray and bake for half an hour at 190 degree Celsius.

-Blend till you get the required consistency and add in a little breast milk or formula milk to make a smooth and creamy mixture.

Fruit Salad Puree

A delightful fruity puree, it combines apple, pear and banana in equal proportions to present a sweet and delectable mixture that is loaded with proteins, vitamins and dietary fiber.

Ingredients

-1 apple, peeled and chopped
-1 pear, peeled and chopped
-1 banana, peeled and chopped
-Up to 400g tinned peach, chopped and drained of juice

Method

-Boil the apple and pear till they turn soft.
-Mix all the fruits together and blend with a little peach juice till you get a smooth consistency.
-Make the consistency thicker for older toddlers and runny for first food.

Ending Note…

The main challenge lies in getting your baby to try these purees. Just make sure you introduce new foods in small portions, gradually and allow sufficient time to pass before you feed the next one. Also, pay special attention to your child’s body language- If he/she appears to sit upright and nod their head or look at you with eager eyes, that means they are liking what you are serving them. The good news is that all the aforementioned baby food puree recipes are a hit with kids, as they are appetizing on even the most finicky of taste buds.

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