Introducing babies to various vegetables is always a great idea. In today’s recipe carrots peas and potatoes are cooked together along with little herbs. This puree can be made in a steaming basket as well. This nutritious puree can be introduced to babies from 8 months of age.
Carrots are full of essential nutrients for babies. They are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, fibre folate, just to name the few. Carrots are known for their richness of the antioxidant nutrient known as beta-carotene. They also support vision health and have anti-cancer as well as cardiovascular health benefits.
Carrots are linked to Nitrates which can cause blue baby syndrome in babies, especially ones who are younger than 6 months of age. Beyond 6 months, babies stomach have developed stomach acid to fight bacteria that can cause nitrate conversion and poisoning. If any doubts about feeding your baby the carrots, talk to your paediatrician and then go ahead.
When shopping for carrots, look for those which are firm, straight and bright in colour. Deeper the orange colour, more beta-carotene is present in that carrot. Avoid those that are limp, rubbery or have cracks in them. Store carrots in the coldest section of the refrigerator wrapped in the plastic bag or paper towel. Keep them away from away from apples, pears, potatoes and other fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene gas since it will cause them to become bitter.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Yields: 1 serving.
1/2 cup steamed carrots.
1/2 cup roughly chopped potatoes
1/3 cup green peas (frozen)
2 dashes of garlic powder
2 dashes of dried oregano
A dash of dried basil
1 cup water
Wash, peel and cut carrots and potatoes. Keep them aside. In a steaming basket, steam carrots till fork tender.
In a pot add water/ vegetable stock. Add potatoes and peas along with dried herbs.
Cover and cook the peas and potatoes get fork tender. When they are about to get done, add steamed carrots to the pot.
Once everything is cooked well turn off the heat and let it sit for few minutes.
They run it through a food processor.
Add a little water and adjust its consistency if the puree gets too thick.
This puree can be cooked in steamer basket as well. While pureeing, add water and herbs.
Always talk to your baby’s/toddler’s Paediatrician before starting any new food.