Broccoli Puree is a great first food for babies. However, with a little bit of butter, salt and lemon it can also be a delicious and nutritious family side dish.
Green vegetables are usually bitter and harder to like, for this reason, broccoli was one of the first foods I offered both my children. The aim was to expose them to new flavours that contrasted greatly with the sweet milk they were used too.
Choosing and Storing Broccoli
When buying a broccoli look for one
- with tight, green florets
- that has a firm stalk
- that feels heavy for its size
- where the cut end of the stalk is fresh and moist looking.
Avoid broccoli with dried out or browning stems or yellowing florets.
Store the broccoli, unwashed, in the refrigerator.
How to Make Broccoli Puree
The nutrients in broccoli are water-soluble and can leach into the water during cooking. For this reason, it is best to simmer the broccoli in as little water as possible.
- Prepare: Wash broccoli and cut into small florets.
- Cook: Either steam the broccoli florets (using a steamer basket) or place the florets in a pan with a small amount of boiling water (approx 1/2 cup). Simmer for around 6-8 minutes until tender but still bright green in colour.
- Blend: Puree until smooth adding a little of the reserved liquid (or baby milk) until desired consistency is reached.
If making as a family side dish, rather than a baby puree, when blending add butter, salt and lemon juice to taste.
Broccoli Baby Puree Combinations
Broccoli puree is excellent mixed with other vegetables, grains and proteins. Try mixing it with
- Carrot Puree
- Cauliflower Puree
- Pea Puree
- Sweet Potato Puree
- Pumpkin Puree
- Brown rice
Other Uses for Broccoli Puree (toddlers and beyond)
- Add frozen cubes to smoothies for a nutrition boost.
- Add to pasta sauces etc for added nutrition.
- Mix it through mashed potatoes to add flavour, colour and nutrients.
- Blend with some butter, salt and lemon juice and serve as a family side dish.
- Refrigerate: Allow to cool, place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days.
- Freeze: Allow to cool, spoon the puree into ice-cube trays and freeze until solid. Once they’re fully frozen, quickly pop them all out and place the frozen cubes into a freezer bag or container and return to the freezer. Thaw overnight in your refrigerator.
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- blender or food processor
- 1 Medium Broccoli Head
- Wash broccoli and cut into small florets.
- Add florets to approx 125ml (1/2 cup) of boiling water. Simmer, covered, for around 6-8 mins, until tender but still bright green in colour.
- Remove broccoli from the pan, reserving the cooking liquid. Place in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth, adding the reserved water (or baby milk) until desired consistency is reached.