Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Baby Food: Broccoli Puree
Broccoli is a definite favorite in our house. We eat it many different ways all the time. It is very rare for us to not even have some broccoli in our house. This is a great way to introduce broccoli to your infant. It is an extremely easy puree that you can make with fresh or frozen broccoli. Obviously the fresh has more flavor but frozen is good as well. Also, you will love the "Not Just For Babies" recipe as well. This recipe is courtesy of the book Easy Gourmet Baby Food 150 Recipes for Homemade Goodness By Chef Jordan Wagman and Jill Hillhouse, BPHE, RNCP.
"Broccoli always makes the super food list. It is a nondairy source of calcium, an important mineral. During the rapid growth of infancy and toddler hood your child needs calcium in significant amounts. Calcium not only optimizes the growth of their bones and teeth but also provides for healthy muscle contraction, including their heart." - Wagman and Hillhouse
makes about 1 cup
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- In a saucepan, bring water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add broccoli. Cover and cook until broccoli is fork tender about 5 minutes. Strain through a colander set over a measuring cup or bowl, reserving the cooking liquid. Transfer broccoli to a blender with 1 cup of reserved liquid or return to saucepan and use an immersion blender. Puree until smooth. Let cool until warm to the touch or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
Add 1/3 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese to this puree to transform it into a great sauce to serve over long noodles like spaghetti or linguine.