Homemade Cauliflower And Brocolli Baby Porridge Recipe
for Little Mashies reusable food pouches
2 cups of fresh broccoli (500g) 2 cups of fresh cauliflower (500g) 1 garlic clove (optional)
Step 1: Cut broccoli and cauliflower florets into small pieces Step 2: Steam the broccoli, garlic and cauliflower in a stovetop steamer or a Beaba Baby Cook system for about 8 minutes or until soft. Step 3: Puree ingredients in a food processor or blender, adding a little of the cooking liquid (or water) if needed to make it smooth. For older babies simply mash ingredients together. Note: This is great to freeze in portions so that you can always have vegetable puree on hand.
For baby led weaning you skip the baby food puree altogether and start with large (2 finger sized) pieces of the food. We would of course do this on our Little Mashies sucky platter! So from 6-9mths of age in baby led weaning foods should be the size of about 2 fingers so that the baby can pick it up and self feed. They also need to be well cooked so they are soft, and with no loose pieces (for example tiny florets that can break off on broccoli, or a slice of apple that's so thin it can break when gnawed on).
From around 9mths with baby led weaning you chop the food very small (to avoid choking). I would suggest 2-4 grains of rice in size. It's a small piece so that if they swallow it whole they won't choke. In traditional baby food recipes this is the stage where we mash food so it has a little texture. At around 12mths of age in baby led weaning the food goes up to bite sizes (and this is the same in non baby led weaning kids), about fingernail sized pieces. Of course some babies will be on a different timeline depending on whether they have heaps or a few teeth. Every baby is different and you just have to watch carefully and get to know how your baby is with food. Never leave them alone whilst eating, and I also recommend sitting them at a table with you for all meals if you can. It helps set the expectation for later in life and you can be a role model for how to eat well. Around 18mths you can offer your little one larger serves again (so a whole apple for example) so that they can learn to take smaller bites themselves, to chew, and to swallow.
Why is cauliflower a great baby food choice?
Ohhhh trees with snow! Cauliflower will provide your baby with vitamin A, vitamin C and antioxidants which help protect from some serious diseases and supports a healthy heart. Cauli is also rich in calcium, but mostly in the green leaves, so you should include them when making your homemade broth or in stir fry, bologanise sauces etc. Cauliflower can be mashed with leek and used instead of mashed potato, it can be put in the food processor and cut like rice, or the flowers can be baked in the oven and used with dips or as a finger food for older babies. When you are introducing solids to babies the foods don't need to just be boiled, keep it interesting and use different ways to prepare them. Bake, steam, boil, fry (with coconut oil or water), puree, mash.. there are so many options and opportunities to shape the way your kids view food!
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