Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Baby's First Tastes: Orange Vegetables

Vegetables and fruit that are orange in colour are a good source of beta-caratene, vitamin C and potassium. Beta-caratene is a type of vitamin A. I find they are a tasty first taste. I started with carrots, kumara and pumpkin. 


Carrot Purée 


500g carrots, peeled and chopped in to small prices
Water

Steam them in a small amount of water until tender. 
Blend in a food processor or blender until the right consistency. Use some of the cooking water to smooth it out or thin it a little bit. 

Spoon the required amount in to a baby bowl and make sure it is the right temperature before feeding your baby. Test on your lip. 
Any left over can be divided in to ice cube trays, place in the freezer. Once it is frozen, transfer them to a labelled ziplock bag with either the date you made it or the use-by-date, which should be about 30 days. 

Miss R enjoys having cinnamon in her meals. I find it a good way to add variation to the same food and is also the start of spicer foods. 
It is recommended to only try one food at a time when introducing solids to rule out any reactions. Try to have about 3 days between each new food. Also, if your baby doesn't seem to like a certain food, don't give up!! It can take up to eight tries for a baby to like some foods. Persevere and patiently try again tomorrow!


Kumara Purée


500g kumara, peeled and chopped in to small pieces
Water
Nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)

Steam them in a small amount of water until tender.
Add nutmeg or cinnamon if you want. Blend until smooth. 


Prepare as mentioned above in regards to storing it. 


Pumpkin Purée


500g pumpkin, peeled, seeds removed, chopped in to small pieces
Water
Nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)

Steam the pumpkin in some water until tender. Don't use too much water.
Add nutmeg or cinnamon if you want and blend until smooth, using some of the left over cooking water.

Store in ice cube trays,then ziplock bags. 

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