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Sweet Potato and Squash Puree


Photo by: © Dorling Kindersley
Added by: Annabel Karmel
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Babies' taste buds tend to be tuned into sweet flavors, so naturally sweet fruits and vegetables are popular early foods. Orange fruits and vegetables like butternut squash and sweet potato are naturally sweet, and they are also high in beta-carotene, which is the plant form of vitamin A. This recipe was created for babies 6 to 9 months old. Find out more about Annabel Karmel at www.annabelkarmel.com.

Ingredients

1 small or ½ large butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes 
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes 
1 Tbs. olive oil 
2 Tbs. water 
A little breast milk or formula 

Preparations

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2. Lay a large piece of foil on a baking sheet and spread out the squash and sweet potato on the foil (carrot can be substituted for the sweet potato). Drizzle the olive oil and water over the top. Cover with a second large piece of foil and scrunch the edges of the two foil pieces together to form a parcel. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
3. Cool the vegetables slightly, then transfer to a blender (including any liquid). Blend to a smooth puree. Thin the puree with breast milk or formula to the desired consistency. (If you are going to freeze the puree, add the milk after thawing.)
4. Freeze in individual portions. When needed, thaw for 1 to 2 hours at room temperature, then add milk and microwave or reheat in a small pan until piping hot. Stir and allow to cool before serving.

My Favorite Chicken Puree


Photo by: © Dorling Kindersley

Potato and Carrot Mash with Salmon


Photo by: fannymoussier
Added by: Annabel Karmel
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10 minutes
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It's hard to find jars of baby puree with oily fish like salmon, which is the best source of essential fatty acids that are vital for your baby's brain and visual development. A mashed potato and carrot mixed with a little milk, butter, and cheese makes a good base for a baby's meal. I prefer to mash the potato by hand, because pureeing it in a blender breaks down the natural starches, leaving a gooey texture. If mashed food is too lumpy for your baby, you could try using a baby food grinder or potato ricer to prepare this. This recipe was created for babies 6 to 9 months old and provides protein, omega-3s, calcium, iron, selenium, beta-carotene, and vitamins A and D. Find out more about Annabel Karmel at www.annabelkarmel.com.

Ingredients

2 cups peeled and chopped potatoes 
1 cup peeled and sliced carrots 
3½ Tbs. milk 
1 Tbs. butter 
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 
3½ to 4 oz. salmon fillet, skinned 

Preparations

1. Put the potatoes and carrots into a saucepan, cover with boiling water, and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and mash together with 3 Tbs. milk, the butter, and the cheese.
2. While the vegetables are cooking, put the salmon into a microwave dish with the remaining ½ Tbs. milk, and microwave on high for 1½ minutes. (If you don't have a microwave, you can steam the fish over the vegetables for 5 to 6 minutes.) Flake the fish, checking to make sure that there are no bones in it.
3. Mix the fish into the potato and carrot mash. 

(Makes 1 ¾ cups)
Added by: Annabel Karmel
(253 recipes)Mom Rating
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This is very tasty and a good introduction to chicken. Adding a little sweetness by combining the chicken with sweet potato and dried apricots makes it appealing to babies. I've used chicken thigh here, because it has a softer, more moist consistency than breast, and the dark meat of chicken has twice as much iron and zinc as the white. This recipe was created for babies 6 to 9 months old and provides protein, iron, selenium, zinc, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Find out more about Annabel Karmel atwww.annabelkarmel.com.

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