Tasty Spinach and Potato Puree for Baby
Some babies can be fussy eaters, but this simple and nutritional recipe will have your baby eating healthily in no time. This soft green puree is mild in flavour and provides your growing baby with much needed protein, vitamins and iron.
Spinach and Potato Puree for Baby
4 - 6
2 ½ cups of baby spinach, washed and with the stalks removed
1 ½ cups of potato washed, peeled and diced into small cubes
½ cup of water or homemade vegetable stock
Optional, add breastmilk or formula to give a more creamy texture
Peel and cut the potato into small cubes;
Wash the spinach well and remove the tough stalks;
Use the steaming function on your steamer blender, steam the potato for approximately 10 minutes;
Add the spinach to the potato and steam together for a further 5 minutes or until both veggies are soft;
Take out the basket(s) and remove the water (keep water to one side);
Place the soft potato and cooked spinach into the jug and blend, adding small amounts of breastmilk, formula, homemade vegetable stock or water until the desired consistency is met (smoother for younger babies and allow for a rougher texture as your baby gets older);
Portion into reusable baby food pouches;
Serve with a food pouch spoon!
Spinach is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals including Iron which is important for growing babies. In addition, spinach is a superfood which contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K1, Folic acid and Calcium.
Although spinach is a superfood, many toddlers do not enjoy the slightly bitter taste and the green colour of spinach. However, if you introduce this leafy green vegetable to your young baby it will allow them to get used to the flavour and hopefully, they will be more accepting of it when they are older.
Potatoes are rich in starch and are a good source of potassium and vitamin C. This is a great complex food for babies, and will help if your baby needs to naturally gain weight. When combined together, spinach and potato offer a great nutritional puree for your baby.
As your child gets used to solid food and different flavours you can spice this recipe by adding a small pinch of cumin, coriander or nutmeg.