October 11, 2012: Homemade baby food
Published Thursday, October 11, 2012 9:52AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 11, 2012 9:53AM EDT
From preparing to preserving, nutritionist Lianne Phillipson-Webb specialized in nutrition for babies. She shows us what's in season and how to harvest homemade baby food.
Immune Boosting Puree
This dish is incredibly popular. Vitamin C in the apples and turnip or rutabaga helps the absorption of iron from the raisins, and garlic is an incredible immune booster.
2 apples, peeled and chopped into cubes 2
1 large turnip or medium rutabaga, peeled and chopped into small cubes 1
1 parsnip, peeled and chopped into small cubes 1
1 carrot, peeled and chopped into small cubes 1
1 clove garlic, chopped 1
2 tbsp raisins 30 mL
1 1/2 cups water 375 mL
1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
2. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or until tender, adding extra water if necessary. Purée to desired consistency. Makes about 2¼ cups (550 mL).
A good source of vitamin C, fibre, calcium, potassium, and iron.
Butternut Squash and Pear Purée
Your baby will love this wonderful combination. Try sprinkling with a bit of cinnamon, too.
1 lb butternut squash 500 g
1 very ripe pear
1. Peel, seed, and chop butternut squash into small cubes. Steam for about 10 minutes.
2. Peel, core, and chop pear into small cubes and add to steamer. Steam until tender, about 5 minutes longer.
3. Mash or purée with a hand blender, adding water if necessary.
Add in a dash of cinnamon next time too.
Nutritional Information: A good source of beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, fibre, and manganese.