When I'm trying to come up with new baby food purees, I have several unspoken criteria that I always try and meet_ I want to make something that tastes smooth and creamy, but also provides as much visual interest and nutritional value as possible. There are certain foods, like broccoli, that meet almost all of my standards_ it's loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, has beautiful color and is delicious when steamed on its own. But pureed alone into baby food and the results are watery and bland. Still, broccoli is so nutritionally ideal for babies, I refuse to disqualify it just for being blender-averse. Instead, I simply combine it with a couple of other select ingredients and, voila, it's perfect.
By adding potato and cheese to this recipe, the broccoli incorporates beautifully and the resulting Broccoli, Potato and Cheese Puree has a smooth texture that's perfect for babies. In addition, the cheese provides a healthy dose of dairy, making this dish a superstar. Both of my kids ate this regularly when they were starting solids and never seemed to get enough of it!
Broccoli, Potato and Cheese Puree (Makes 6 Baby Servings)
- 1 Large Potato, peeled and cubed
- 1 Cup Broccoli, chopped
- 2 Tbsp Cheddar Cheese (I used white cheddar cheese)
1. Place the potato cubes in a steamer pot over boiling water and cook for 6 minutes.
2. Add the broccoli and steam for an additional 4 minutes or until vegetables are fork tender.
3. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and puree.