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First food recipes for baby:

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 Ingredients 

Pea Baby Food Puree 

  • 2 cups peas, fresh or frozen 
  • 1 medium zucchini, roughly chopped 
  • 4 mint leaves, roughly chopped (optional) 

Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree 

  • 2 large sweet potatoes 
  • 1/4 tsp mild curry powder (optional) 
  • 1/4 cup water, breast milk, formula or sodium-free chicken stock, for pureeing 

Roasted Banana Puree  

  • 4 bananas, cut lengthwise 
  • 1/8 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped (optional) 

Carrot Baby Food Puree 

  • 2 pounds carrots, trimmed, peeled and roughly chopped 
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional) 
  • 1/2-1 cup water, reserved water, breast milk, formula or low-sodium stock, for pureeing 

Apples Baby Food Puree 

  • 6 apples, peeled, cored and chopped 
  • 1/2 cup water 

Broccoli Baby Food Puree 

  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped into small florets 
  • 1 small white potato, apple or pear, peeled and roughly chopped 
  • 1 tbsp good quality olive oil (optional) 

Butternut Squash Baby Puree 

  • 1 butternut squash 
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, roughly chopped (optional) 

Green Bean Baby Food Puree 

  • 1 pound green beans, fresh or frozen, trimmed 
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped (optional) 
  • 1/2 cup reserved steamer water, water breast milk or formula, for pureeing 

Creamy Mango-licious Baby Food Puree 

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen mango,  deseed, peeled and roughly chopped. Thaw frozen mango. 
  • 1 medium banana, 
  • 1 pinch nutmeg (optional) 
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Instructions 

Pea Baby Food Puree 

  • In a medium saucepan, bring 2″ of water to a boil over medium heat. Place the zucchini in a steamer basket, and place over boiling water. Cover and steam for 5 minutes. 
  • Add in the peas, and steam for and additional 3-5 minutes. Reserve steamer water. Let cool slightly. 
  • Add the zucchini, peas and mint leaves to a blender or food processor and puree for 1 minute or until you have achieved the desired texture. If the puree is too thick, add in 1/4 cup of the reserved steamer water until you have the right consistency. 

Note on Zucchini: while this is a 2 vegetable starter puree, zucchini allergies are very low, so I added it to this recipe to give the peas a mild taste and smoother texture. You can completely leave them out if you prefer. Just steam the peas as directed.   

Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree 

  • Heat oven to 400°. Line baking sheet with tin foil, parchment paper or a silicone mat. 
  • Wash and dry the sweet potatoes. Prick with a fork in several places and then place the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour or until a fork can easily prick the sweet potato. Let sit until cool to touch. 
  • Make a cut into the skin of the potato lengthwise and peel away the skin of the potato. Scoop out the sweet potato meat and place into a blender or food processor, adding in the mild curry powder and water. 
  • Puree on high for 1-2 minutes or until smooth, adding in additional liquid in 1/4 cup increments if needed. I had to add in 1 cup of water to the puree pictured. Serve or freeze for a later meal. 

Additional Spices: Feel free to use the following spices instead of the curry – 1/2 tsp of cumin, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, 1/2 tsp of cloves, 1 fresh garlic clove, 1/2 tsp of chopped fresh thyme, 3-4 basil leaves, 1/2 tsp chopped rosemary or even a big pinch of fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp ginger powder. Or you can leave out the spices altogether. 

Roasted Banana Baby Puree  

  • Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Place bananas on a baking sheet and roast for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly. 
  • Place bananas and rosemary into a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth. You may need to add additional water, so start by adding in 1/4 cup increments until you get the desired consistency. 

Additional Spices: This recipes is also great with 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp nutmeg or for a fun twist 1/2 tsp mild curry. 

Note on Bananas: while any ripeness of bananas will work, I have found that the bananas that are ripe to very-ripe tend to work best in this recipe. 

Carrot Baby Food Puree 

  • In a medium saucepan, bring 2″ of water to a boil over medium heat. 
  •  Place the carrots into a steamer basket, cover and cook for 9-11 minutes or until tender. Reserve steamer water. Let cool slightly. 
  • Place the carrots, nutmeg and 1/2 cup of liquid into a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes on high, adding 1/4 cup liquid at a time until you achieve the desired consistency. Serve and enjoy, or freeze for later. 

Notes on Nutmeg: adding in spices to babies first purees are completely optional, but totally safe. Nutmeg rounds out the acidic taste carrots sometimes has and makes this puree taste grounded and full-bodied.   

Additional Spices: Feel free to substitute 1/2 tsp ginger powder or 1/4 fresh ginger, 1/2 tsp mild curry powder, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp finely minced fresh chives or 1/2 garlic clove instead of the nutmeg.  

Apples Baby Food Puree 

  • In a medium saucepan, place the apples, water and cinnamon. cover and heat on medium-low for 15-20 minutes or until apples are tender. Let cool slightly. Cover and heat on medium-low for 15-20 minutes or until apples are tender. Let cool slightly. 
  • Transfer all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth. For a chunky puree, quickly pulse the ingredients 10-15 times or until you receive your desired consistency. Serve or freeze for later. 

Additional Spices: Feel free to sub in these spices instead of the cinnamon for this recipe – 1/8 tsp of cloves, 1/8 tsp of nutmeg, 1-2 leaves of fresh mint, 1-2 leaves of fresh basil, a pinch of fresh or 1/4 tsp of ginger powder or even 1/4 of coriander for a fun twist.Apples: you can use any sweet apple in this recipe – Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji, McIntosh, etc 

Broccoli Baby Food Puree 

  • In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil over medium heat. Place the broccoli and potato (or apple) into a steamer basket and place over boiling water, cover and steam for 10-12 minutes or until the broccoli and potato are tender. Reserve water from the steamer. Let cool slightly. 
  • Add the broccoli, potato and olive oil into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth, adding water from the steamer in 1/4 cup increments if needed. 

Adding In Spices: Feel free to add in 1 tsp of chopped chives, 2-3 mint leaves, 1 tsp of chopped cilantro, 1/2 tsp cumin or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. 

Butternut Squash Baby Puree 

  • Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Line baking sheet with silicone mat, parchment paper or tin foil. 
  • Cut the butternut squash in half, deseed and place flesh side up, skin side down. Optional – Feel free to drizzle the squash with 2 teaspoons of olive oil for some added healthy fat. Bake for 45 minutes or until you can easily prick the squash with a fork. Let cool until you can handle the squash with your hands. 
  • Scrape off the skin and discard. Place the butternut squash into a blender or food processor. Add thyme and puree for 1-2 minutes, adding water in 1/4 cup increments until you have your desired consistency. 

Additional Spices: Feel free to sub the thyme for 4 basil leaves, 1 tsp chopped rosemary, 1 tsp ginger powder or 1 big pinch of fresh ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg or even 1/2 tsp of coriander. 

Green Bean Baby Food Puree 

  • Fill a medium saucepan with 2” of water and bring to boil over medium heat. Place the green beans (fresh or froze) into a steamer basket over the boiling water, cover, and cook for 8-10 minutes or until just tender. Let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water. 
  • Transfer green beans and basil to a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes or until smooth, adding liquid in 1/4 cup increments until you reach your desired consistency. 

Creamy Mango-licious Baby Food Puree 

  • Place the mango, banana and nutmeg (if using) into a blender or food processor. Puree for 1 minute or until completely smooth. If your mango is not ripe enough, you might need to add in up to 1/4 cup of water while blending to get the right consistency. Serve or freeze for later.  
  • Mango Tip: I usually find that organic frozen mangos are easier and cheaper to find than fresh organic mangos, but if mangos are in season when you are making this recipe, by all means, you can use fresh over frozen. For fresh mangos, simply peel and chop.  
  • or food processor, leaving excess water in the saucepan. Puree for 1 minute or until smooth.  
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Notes 

Age: 4 months and up 

Yield: roughly 15-25 ounces, depending on recipe 

Additional Spices for Apples: Feel free to use the following spices instead of the curry: 1/2 tsp of cumin, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, 1/2 tsp of cloves, 1 fresh garlic clove, 1/2 tsp of chopped fresh thyme, 3-4 basil leaves, 1/2 tsp chopped rosemary or even a big pinch of fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp ginger powder. Or you can leave out the spices altogether 

Fridge Storage: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days 

Freezer Storage: Can be frozen for up to 4 months (this and this are my favorite freezer storage containers) 

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