Vegetarian Weaning Recipes
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Swede, Parsnip or Sweet Potato Purée
Make like carrot purée. Sweet purees like parsnip and sweet potato
are particularly useful. Babies usually love them and other less popular
vegetables such as cabbage and cauliflower become palatable when mixed
with them. Sweet potatoes can also be baked like ordinary potatoes but
take less time to cook.
Apple or Pear Sauce
Use sweet apples or pears only, not tart ones that require added sweetening.
- Peel, core and slice the fruit and
cook in 2-3 tbsp of water until tender
- Purée, adding a little extra
boiled water if necessary to make a soft consistency.
- Mash the flesh of a very ripe banana
thoroughly with a fork
- Add a little cooled, boiled water
if necessary to make a soft consistency.
- Cut in half, scoop out and mash
- Add a few drops of cooled boiled
water if necessary.
- Good with some fresh banana for
a sweeter mixture.
- Cut off the ends and cut into small
- Cook in a minimum of unsalted water
- Purée with enough cooking
water to make a soft consistency.
- Peel and remove the seeds.
- Cut the flesh into pieces and cook
in a little boiling water until tender.
Suitable raw or cooked.
- Sieve cooked tomato to remove the
- Scald and peel raw tomato and cut
out the core, then mash.
- You can remove the seeds if you
like, but the jelly around them is a valuable source
of soluble fibre.
Grated Apple or Pear
Choose sweet apples and well-ripened pears. Peel and grate finely.
Peaches, Apricots, Sweet Cherries, Mangoes, Papaya, Kiwi Fruit
Choose really ripe fruit, remove the skin and pips or stones and mash
the flesh thoroughly. These are often especially popular.
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Green Cabbage
- Wash and trim.
- Cook in a minimum of unsalted water
until tender (they should be mashable but not soggy).
- Purée with a little of their
- Cooked cabbage and brussel sprouts
can create intestinal gas - if this is a problem,
mix with another vegetable purée such as carrot. In fact the addition of a sweet vegetable
like carrot, parsnip or sweet potato helps to make
the less popular vegetables palatable.
- Wash thoroughly, remove the stems
and shred the leaves.
- Cook in a saucepan with a little
extra water until spinach is tender.
- Don’t give more than once or
twice a week as the oxalic acid content affects the body’s absorption
of some minerals.
Dried Apricots, Prunes, Pears, Peaches, Apples
- Wash, then cover with boiling water
and soak overnight.
- Next day, simmer until tender.
- Remove pits from prunes.
- Can have a rather laxative effect!
Baby Rice Cereal
This is the best first cereal to give because it is the least likely
to cause allergic reactions. Choose one fortified with additional iron
and B vitamins, and make up with liquid according to the directions on
- Bake or boil in unsalted water.
- Scoop potato out of the skins and
- Very finely chopped green
vegetables can also be added, such as watercress
or raw spinach leaves, or mashed tofu.
Corn, Peas, Green Beans
- Boil until tender and purée.
- Fresh or frozen are fine; canned
are not advised because of the salt and sugar they contain.
- Buy a mix without sugar and other
additives, or make your own from oats and raisins,
then grind to a powder.
- Moisten with water, fruit juice
or plain soya yoghurt.
- Sprinkle with wheat germ, mix well
- Powdered seeds or grated apple or
pear can be added.
From six months onward, a little crustless bread can be added to vegetable
purées. The bran in 100% wholegrain bread and flour is too laxative
for some babies; an 81-85% bread (preferably with added wheat germ for
extra iron) is often a better choice for babies under two years old.
Introduction | Foods
for Weaning and How to Prepare Them | Tried & Tested
by Viva! Babies
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