Sara, the nutritionist from this site, texted me when I posted the Basic Beef Baby Puree and asked if I had all of a sudden started eating beef! The answer was of course, NO! It's not a vegan/vegetarian/cultural/animalcruelty thing, beef is just not my thing.
And while those around me have tried to tease me into eating it, and granted I have been tempted on my own, I just can't bring myself to eat it.
Buuuttttttttt, that doesn't mean for a second that I am not going to feed beef to my baby. My personal tastes in food (thumbs down for beef, broccoli and mushrooms) does not stand in the way of having my babes be able to taste and learn to love all the food this culinary world has to offer. Plus beef is great for baby and is a packed with iron, protein and zinc!
Beside I want to see what food they will end up loving and hating on their own accord.
So far, both my girls have eaten beef like it was going out of style. They both love it! So while I am fine making beef puree for baby Parker, hubby is in charge of making beef for Ellie, usually while I am off doing my weekly barre session. Win for me!
Let's get cooking shall we?
Chunks of good quality beef are simmered in beef broth with sweet potatoes chunks and a pinch of thyme until the beef is just done. Again, you do not want to overcook the beef. That will make it hard and flavorless and will result in a puree that is bland and boring. We don't want that, now do we. Plus, it makes this puree a quick and easy puree you can whip up any night that you are short on time, which would be every night in our house!
This puree is like comfort in a bowl!
Tender and creamy this savory puree will tempt your little ones taste buds with flavorful beef and pungent thyme, rounded out with oh so creamy sweet potatoes... or so I am told;)
Other things to add to this savory puree -
Beef + Sweet Potato Puree with Thyme
1 8-ounce sirloin beef, cubed
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 cups beef broth
1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1- In a medium saucepan, bring the beef, sweet potatoes, thyme and broth to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 25-35 minutes or beef is cooked through and sweet potatoes are tender. Let cool slightly.
2- Transfer all ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree, adding extra broth in 1/4 cup increments if needed, until you reach your desired consistency.
Yield - 30 ounces
Storage - 3 days in the fridge, 2 months in the freezer