Root vegetables have a naturally sweet taste so are perfect for puree baby food; they puree to a smooth baby food and are unlikely to cause an allergy so they make a good puree baby food.
Orange fleshed vegetables like carrot, sweet potato and pumpkin are rich in beta carotene - the vegetable source of vitamin A which is important for growth and fighting infection. Cooking vegetables in a steamer is one of the best ways of preserving nutrients.
250g of either carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash or pumpkin - peeled & chopped
Chop the vegetables into small pieces. Put in a steamer set over boiling water and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until tender. Alternatively, place in a pan, pour over just enough boiling water to cover and simmer covered for about 15 minutes until soft.
Blend the vegetable to a puree using some of the liquid from the bottom of the steamer or the pan.
Spoon a little puree into your baby’s bowl and serve lukewarm. Pour the remainder into an ice cube tray and freeze.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Makes: 8 portions
Suitable for freezing
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