6 months: Yummy Apple-Pear Purée
Seckel pears are delicious, miniature-sized pears that are in season between August and January. Given their size, they’re ideal for making baby food purées, and because they are naturally sweet, babies love them! Pears are also a rich source of nutrients.
Ingredients:1 ripe Seckel pear or 1⁄2 pear of another variety1⁄4 cup (60 g) unsweetened applesauce1⁄4 cup (60 ml) unsweetened apple juice
Stovetop Method:Peel, core, and chop the pear. Put it into a small saucepan with the applesauce and cook covered on medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, until mixture is soft. Allow mixture to cool slightly, then add to blender with juice and whip into a smooth purée.
This recipe, covered tightly, will last for 2 days in the refrigerator.
Yield: 4 baby servings, 2 tablespoons (30 g) each
Each serving contains: 28.4 calories; 0.0 g total fat; 0.0 grams saturated fat; 0.0 mg cholesterol; 1.0 mg sodium; 7.4 g carbohydrates; 0.9 g dietary fiber; 0.1 g protein; 6.1 mg calcium; 0.1 mg iron; 9.5 IU vitamin A; and 3.7 mg vitamin C.
7 months: Orange You Cute Carrot and Sweet Potato
Baby carrots can also be cut into thin strips (julienned) and microwaved, steamed, or simmered until very soft and served as finger food. When cooked or served with a little unsalted butter, the fat helps the body absorb the carrots’ vitamin A.
Ingredients:4 baby carrots1⁄4 cup (60 g) peeled, cubed, and cooked sweet potato3 tablespoons (45 ml) water
Microwave Method:Cut the carrots lengthwise, then in half, and place in a small glass bowl with the cooked sweet potato and water. Cover and microwave on high 2 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then purée in a blender or mash with a fork. Use apple juice, breast milk, or formula if needed to achieve desired consistency.
Each serving contains: 12.8 calories; 0.0 g total fat; 0.0 g saturated fat; 0.0 mg cholesterol; 7.1 mg sodium; 3.0 g carbo-hydrates; 0.5 g dietary fiber; 0.3 g protein; 5.0 mg calcium; 0.1 mg iron; 3009.2 IU vitamin A; and 2.1 mg vitamin C.
9 months: Curried Peas, Lucky Me!
Most babies like the taste of a mild curry, but you can omit the spice if you wish. Also, a thicker purée can be achieved by reducing the amount of breast milk or formula.
Ingredients:1⁄4 cup (33 g) frozen peas1 heaping tablespoon (15 to 20 g) plain yogurt1⁄8 teaspoon mild curry powder1⁄4 cup (60 ml) breast milk or formula
Microwave Method:Cook and drain frozen peas according to package instructions. Mix together all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave 10 to 15 seconds, until warm. Mash with a fork and serve.
Yield: 2 baby servings, 2 tablespoons (30 g) each
Each serving (if using breast milk) contains: 42.0 calories; 1.7 g total fat; 0.9 g saturated fat; 5.8 mg cholesterol; 10.6 mg sodium; 5.0 g carbohydrates; 0.8 g dietary fiber; 1.5 g protein; 24.4 mg calcium; 0.3 mg iron; 152.5 IU vitamin A; and 2.7 mg vitamin C.
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