With the Fall season on our doorstep, fresh root veggies abound and make great staples for a new eater's diet. They taste sweet, puree to a smooth consistency, and have few allergens - all good attributes for a baby's first food.
Root veggies are also packed with nutritional benefits: The betacarotene in carrots and sweet potatoes helps baby's vision develop, and gives their immune system a much-needed boost in the colder weather. Both cauliflower and parsnips are high in Vitamin C and folate - an important nutrient on both sides of the womb that helps baby's growth and cell regeneration.
There are also a number of fantastic and easy root recipes in our baby recipe section.
Makes about 8 servings
1 medium sweet potato, about 7 ounces, peeled and cut in half
1/2 teaspoon olive oil (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Insert slicing blade assembly to Cuisinart® food processor. Slice both halves of the sweet potato. Toss slices in a mixing bowl with olive oil.
- Pour 1/2 cup water onto a jellyroll pan. Arrange slices on sheet tray and bake in oven for about 15 to 20 minutes, until slices are soft. Cool and serve.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 80 (42% from fat) undefined carbohydrates 10g undefined protein 1g undefined fat 3g undefined sat fat undefined 1g undefined chol 0mg
Makes about twelve 1-ounce servings
1 pound carrots, peeled and trimmed
- Insert the slicing blade on the Cuisinart® food processor work bowl. Arrange the carrots in the small feed tube and slice using the small pusher.
- Place sliced carrots in a steamer basket to fit a 3- or 4-quart saucepan filled with an inch of water. Place the pan with a tight fitting lid over high heat. Once the water comes to a boil reduce the heat to medium. Steam carrots for 20 minutes until they are completely soft.
- Place steamed carrots in work bowl fitted with the metal chopping blade. Pulse 5 times and then turn machine on for 20 seconds. Scrape work bowl. Process for 20 more seconds. For a smoother consistency, pulse in 1 tablespoon of cooking liquid until desired consistency is reached.
- Allow mixture to cool. Store in refrigerator in airtight container for up to 3 days or fill ice cube trays or other containers to freeze.
Nutritional information per 1-ounce serving:
Calories 16 (4% from fat) undefined carb. 4g undefined pro. 0g undefined fat 0g undefined sat fat 0g undefined chol 0mg undefined sod. 13mg undefined Calc. 10mg undefined fiber 1g