One of my favorite foods to encourage parents to feed their baby is broccoli. It’s easy to steam or roast in the oven and you can mix with white or sweet potato or quinoa to mask the taste if your baby doesn’t like the taste.
Broccoli is a vegetable that I plant yearly in my garden and we can never eat all of it before it goes bad. This is why I choose to freeze it and then use it throughout the winter months, either when providing baby meals or a dish for my own family.
* Vegetable that you want to freeze, cleaned and cut.
* Pot (large or small depending the amount you are freezing)
* Large bowl filled with a ice water bath
* Large Baggies labeled with date
1. Start boiling enough water in the pot for steaming the broccoli.
2. Place broccoli into the pot and cook for about 30 sec to 1 min.
3. Take off the heat and strain then place in the ice water bath to stop the cooking process
4. Strain again and shake off access water.
5. Place in labeled freezer bags and pop in the freezer.
6. You can also add a step and place broccoli on a cookie sheet and freeze for 30 minutes then place in baggie. This is best if you think will be using small amounts at different times.
***Another tip: Measure out the veggies by the 1/2 cup or 1 cup full and label the baggie with Broccoli 1 cup and the date. This way you can use smaller amount when making casseroles, breads and soups etc..
You can freeze pretty much any vegetable that comes out of your garden. There are just a few easy steps that you need to do before freezing. I found this amazing site called Garden Guides that gives you the steps you need to take for each vegetable before freezing.
Have a Baby in the house?
Broccoli and Potato Puree is one of my favorite and client meals for babies 8 months and older. I find myself making this as a side dish too in the winter with roasted chicken.
1 head of fresh Broccoli or 2 cups of frozen from your garden
3 Potatoes, washed, peeled and largely cubed
1/2 cup of Grated Parmesan cheese
1. Steam Broccoli until tender, rinse and set aside
2. Boil peeled and cubed potatoes until tender
3. Place Broccoli, cooked potatoes and Parmesan cheese in large bowl
4. Using a immersion blender, blend ingredients together with a little bit of water. Add more water if need be to get the consistency that you want for your baby.
5. After the puree is made fill your ice cube tray with the mixture, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer. After 24 hours take out and place in a labeled freezer baggie.
Now you have a perfect meal all ready to go for your little one. Just take out as many cubes as you need and place the rest in the freezer. You know exactly how much your baby is eating and you are wasting any food.