This zucchini (courgette) baby puree is mild tasting and a great first-stage puree. Serve it as it is, mix it with other purees or add fresh herbs for flavour.
Reasons to Love this Puree
- Texture - Zucchini (courgette) has a high water content which makes the puree nice and thin and easy for your baby to swallow. It is fantastic for thinning out thicker vegetable/meat purees.
- Taste - Zucchini has a delicate flavour making it a great first taste food. It combines well with a range of vegetables, meats and is a good canvas for experimenting with different herbs and spices.
- Nutrition - Zucchinis are a good source of vitamins and minerals including beta carotene (which converts to vitamin A), vitamin C, Vitamin B6, folate, vitamin K, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium.
- Freezer Friendly - Prep ahead for busier nights.
Zucchini is the only ingredient needed to make zucchini puree. Due to their high water content, no extra liquid is needed.
Basil (or herb of choice) adds flavour, try serving it with and without herbs to provide your baby with a variety of flavours.
How to Choose and Store Zucchini
- Look for zucchinis that are small to medium-sized (no larger than 15 - 20cm (6 to 8 inches)), larger zucchinis tend to be more watery, flavourless and have larger seeds.
- Choose zucchinis with vibrant, smooth skin free of nicks and cuts.
- Ensure your zucchinis are dry and store them in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator. Do not wash them until just before using. Avoid wrapping in plastic bags, as they can cause excess moisture and the zucchini can get soft/slimy.
Process Shots and Cooking Tips
- WASH & SLICE: Wash, top and tail the zucchini. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and then slice.
- STEAM: Steam for around 8-10 minutes or until soft and tender.
- MASH / PUREE: Puree smooth or mash to offer your baby a more textured puree. It is always good to start adding texture and not only offer smooth purees.
Zucchini Baby Puree Combinations
Zucchini has quite a mild flavour and is a good canvas for adding other flavours. Good partners with zucchini include:
- corn puree
- pea puree
- eggplant puree
- butternut squash puree
- bell pepper
- green bean puree
- lentil puree
- chicken puree
- mashed potato
- sweet potato puree
Try changing up the flavour by adding...
Store in the refrigerator for 2 days or freeze for up to two months. Read more on how to safely store baby food.
Frequently Asked Questions
Zucchini is not a common allergen although cases of zucchini allergy have been reported. (1)
Zucchini puree can be introduced once your baby is ready to start solids, which is generally around 6 months of age. It is a great stage one/first tastes puree.
No, there is no need to peel the skin. When zucchini is cooked the skin is soft and perfectly edible. Most of the nutrients in zucchini are contained in the peel so it is best to leave it on.
No, the seeds in zucchini are very soft and are easily pureed/mashed.
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Zucchini (Courgette) Puree
- Food Processor or Blender
- 2 medium zucchinis
- 1 or 2 basil leaves (optional)
- Wash and remove the ends of the zucchinis. Slice into rounds.
- Steam the zucchini for 8-10 minutes or until soft.
- Add cooked slices to a blender along with the basil. Blend until smooth.
- Reindl, J., Anliker, M. D., Karamloo, F., Vieths, S., & Wüthrich, B. (2000). Allergy caused by ingestion of zucchini (Cucurbita pepo): Characterization of allergens and cross-reactivity to pollen and other foods. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 106(2), 379–38
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