I can't believe it has taken me this long to do a green bean recipe for you guys. Green beans should be a staple to any babies first food offerings because they are beyond yummy and mild for the babies pallet. And when steamed with parsley they are a gourmet treat for both babies and grown-ups.
Green beans seem to be the underdogs of the vegetable world. They are served at most families big gatherings [usual covered in some type of cheese, condensed soap or another not-so-good-for-you treat but not a so called healthy dish by any means] and alongside other main dishes from time to time. But they don't have the fan clubs that super star veggies like Kale, Spinach or Heirloom Tomatoes have. They are not a fad diet vegetable. They are not flashy. They don't shout from the roof tops about how amazing they are.
But maybe they should.
Because they are a rockstar vegetable. Loaded with calcium, Manganese, Vitamin K and C, these long thin beans can also prevent a large number of conditions including Alzheimer's, atherosclerosis, diabetic heart disease, colon cancer, asthma, arthritis, acne and ear infections. That sounds pretty rockstar to me!
So while you are whipping up a batch of this amazing baby puree, steam some extra for the rest of your family. They will thank you, I am sure.
Green Beans + Parsley Baby Food Puree
1 handful green beans (roughly 1 cup)
1 tsp dried Parsley
1/4 - 1/2 cup reserved water, breast milk or stock
1. Bring 2" of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Place green beans into a steamer basket and sprinkle parsley over the green beans, cover and steam for 8 minutes. Reserve steamer water. Let cool slightly.
2. Place the green beans, parsley and 1/4 of cup liquid into a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes until smooth. If puree is too thick, add the additional 1/4 cup of liquid and puree until you get your desired consistency.
Age: 4 months and up
Yield: 10 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 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!