An Easy Baby Food Recipe: Potatoes & Broccoli
Dr Brown's easy to use food masher helps turn anything into a quick meal within seconds. I'll use it to roughly blitz some mangoes for breakfast or some sweet potatoes for lunch. What's nice about it is that I can take it on the go as it's small, lightweight and has minimal parts and for a quick snack I can easily feed Ava out of it as well.
What has your solid journey looked like? We started off with simple stage 1 foods, now she's eating pretty much everything off our plates. Every family is different and so is every child. In our home I try to introduce her to one new ingredient a week. I don't believe in dumbing food down for kids (unless of course it poses a health concern like an allergy etc).
By incorporating more sophisticated herbs, spices and ingredients I believe kids can develop a strong and diverse palette that'll serve them well in the future. Ava comes from a Cuban, Ghanaian, Chinese, Indian and American background. It's important that even as a child she recognizes the power of food to tell stories and shed light on history.
This recipe is adapted from Weelicious.com - a simple and easy potato recipe. For our version we incorporated mediterranean parmesan and mozzarella as our cheese ingredients as well as a drizzle of garlic infused oil and sage - all perfectly safe and balanced for baby. The most important thing with making your own baby food at home is to keep the recipe balanced. This means a high nutritional value (hence the broccoli- loaded with vitamins and minerals), enough fats as active babies burn calories quickly and great natural taste (which is where the mediterranean parmesan and garlic oil come in- flavor without the high sodium that comes from salt and ample dairy/fat).
This dish is easy and can be adapted based on your baby's taste preferences. Swap the broccoli for carrots or even sweet corn for a change. Here's the recipe below with a few of our own changes.
- 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
- 1 cup broccoli, chopped
- 2 tablespoons Mediterranean parmesan, 2 tablespoons mozzarella
- garlic infused EVOO
- Sprinkle of chopped fresh sage
- A dash of milk/ 4 table spoons
- Place the potato cubes in a steamer pot over boiling water and cook for 6 minutes.
- Add the broccoli and steam for an additional 4 minutes or until vegetables are fork tender.
- The recipe calls for a food processor, in this case since my ingredients were already made and stored in the fridge I placed a few pieces in my Dr Brown's food masher for a quick lunch. Place all the ingredients in the food masher and mash.
If you try this recipe at home let me know how it goes! Ava loves it :)