This is one of those easy and delicious purees that I would have never thought to make because it isn't found on any grocery store shelf, yet you can make it at the drop of a hat and it can be served from 4 months of age on.
And look at that amazing bright red color!
How yummy does that look?
Some would think that Red Bell Peppers would be an unusual choice for a starter baby puree but given that it is loaded with folate, vitamin A (from beta-carotene), vitamin B6 and vitamin C and when paired with a little white potato has a creamy, almost sweet taste to it makes it a perfect starter puree for any baby.
This recipe is just the beginning of some serious yummy dishes to come. Add some spices, yogurt, fruit, veggies, grains or even meat and you will have an endless rotation of great meals for your growing little one without all the fuss.
You could also...
- Mix in some plain organic greek yogurt for a soup like puree
- Steam an apple and handful of spinach along with the red peppers for a yummy combination puree
- Serve over brown rice with some shredded chicken
- Add 2 tbsp puree with strawberries, raspberries, banana, coconut milk and some flax seeds for a power toddler smoothie
- Mix with some pasta, parsley and grated cheese for meal time delight
Red Pepper Baby Food Puree
2 red bell peppers, roughly chopped
1 small white potato, peeled and chopped
1. Bring 2" of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. In a steamer basket, add potatoes, cover and steam for 10 minutes.
2. Add in the peppers, cover and steam for an additional 5-7 minutes or until tender. Reserve steamer water. Let cool slightly.
3. Add in all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree for 1 minute or until completely smooth, adding in a tablespoon of water in at a time if needed.
I left this puree plain without any spices but you could easy add 1/4 clove garlic, a pinch of fresh thyme, cumin or even some parsley.
Age: 4 months and up
Yield: 15 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Storage: in air-tight container in fridge for 4 days or 4 months in freezer. Get my favorite storage trays here.
New to making purees? Then check of my guide on which kitchen tools you actuallyare going to need. Hint, it's not many!