Leek, Asparagus + Broccoli puree
This is seriously delicious! We recommend doubling up and making a batch for you too, serve it as a soup with some salt and pepper and crusty bread!
cook time: 10 mins
makes: Approx. 5 serves (baby food pouches) 7 serves (mini food pouches)
best for: 8m+
1 x leek
1.5 cups chopped up broccoli
1 x medium sized potato
1/2 cup chopped asparagus (about half a bunch)
- Wash the broccoli and chop the stalks into small and asparagus, , remove the top and bottom and then chop up into small slices
- Use steaming function to steam the zucchini for 3 mins, add the peas and steam for another 5/ until tender (a few minutes longer if frozen)
- Take out the basket and remove the water (keep to the side)
- Pour the veggies back in to the jug, add the mint and blend, adding small amounts of the left over water until the desired consistency is met (smooth for younger babies)
- Portion into reusable food pouches
- Freeze for 3-6 months or refrigerate for 48-72 hours
- Serve with a food pouch spoon!
Asparagus is a powerhouse veggie full of Vitamin C, fiber, some B vitamins and folic acid.
It also contains potassium, protein, iron, Vitamin A and calcium. It also is high in folacin which has been shown to possibly help prevent neural tube defects in babies.
It also contains antioxidants that kill free radicals (which can effect babies liver negatively), the Vitamin C boosts their immune system, and they contain diuretic properties which is good for babies urine.
Leeks are rich in vitamin C, potassium and iron. It contains beta-carotene which is good for your babies eyes, folate which supports healthy brain development, fiber which aids healthy digestion. They help strengthen the immune system and are tasty!
There are also no adverse side affects reported when fed to babies.
Broccoli gets it’s name as a super food for good reason! I is one of the most nutritious veggies out there and growing baby can benefit from broccoli in many ways! It is super high in vitamin C which not only helps boost the immune system to fight off viruses and colds – it also helps them absorb iron and calcium, both vital to a developing baby. It also contains beta-carotene, folic acid, iron, potassium, and anticancer phytonutrients.
The Australian Department of Health recommends introducing solids around 6 months and no earlier than 4 months. They recommend broccoli to be introduced from approx 8 months, this is the same for asparagus. As both can be a little harder for little tummies to digest and can cause gas they are not recommended as the best first foods. Leek also is not recommended as a first food but can be introduced from 6 months. Remember all children are different and seek advice from your GP if you are unsure.
Also make sure your baby is showing signs they are ready for solids, to find out more about transitioning your baby out on solids safely read our articles here.
- This is a recipe to make bulk servings based on a 1 x full jug of our baby food maker, alter the quantity to suit your serving needs.
- This process is detailed using our baby food processor and re-usable food pouches, you can of course alter to your preferred method for steaming/blending and storing (note: make sure you steam rather than boil to retain the nutrients!)
1. Wash the broccoli, leek and asparagus, peel the potato.
Chop all into small chunks, make sure you break the end of the asparagus to get the fresh part of the steam and chop off the ends of the leak.
2. Fill the water chamber with water, make sure you don’t go over the max (pre boiled water is recommended to decrease the need to descale)
3. Pour everything except the leek into large basket, it won’t all fit so pour the rest into the smaller basket and place on top, twisting into place. (These separate compartments can also be used to separate ingredients!)
4. Turn the unit on and click the steaming function, steam for 10 mins,
5. Add the leek and steam for another 10/ until tender.
6. Take the baskets out (carefully – that steam is hot!) and pour the water that has gathered at the bottom into a separate dish (we will use it in a minute). Pour the veggies back into the jug
6. As we are blending a whole jug, place the grey cover on before the lid (use this whenever you are blending more than the max shown on the jug to prevent food from going into the water chamber)
7. Set to the blending function and begin blending, add the left over water and any extra to achieve your desired consistency (for young babies puree should be smooth).
8. Depending on the constancy, pour or spoon into your reusable food pouches.
9. Safe to freeze for up to 6 months or refrigerate for up to 72 hours. (Although it is said to freeze for 1-3 months/ refrigerate up to 48 hours is more prudent).
10. Serve straight from your pouch using a food pouch spoon! .
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