Are you looking for homemade baby food recipes? Broccoli baby food is easy to make and will supply you with months of healthy food for your baby!

 

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Broccoli Baby Food

 

Broccoli Baby Food

 

When it comes to our children, we as moms want to give them the best! We want them to be healthy and we want them to have the best start at life possible! 

A great way to give your baby the best optimal start is to make your own baby food! Unfortunately store bought baby food can be laden with chemicals and other nasty ingredients. 

Making your own baby food fresh is a great way to not only avoid these nasty ingredients, but to give your baby the freshest, most nutritious food possible! 

When all four of my children were babies I made my own baby food for them. If you have never done it before, then don’t worry, it’s very easy! I’ll walk you step by step through the entire process:)

And I know it sounds time consuming, but it’s really not. You can make up a whole months worth of baby food in just a few hours!

 

Broccoli Puree Baby Food

 

Broccoli is definitely a veggie you want to feed to your little one. It is considered a super green veggie and is full of many nutrients.

It contains vitamin C, calcium, vitamin A, and many more crucial nutrients!

And as with any veggie, I strongly recommend buying only organic broccoli to give your baby the healthiest start possible!

 

How to Cook Broccoli for Baby Food

 

Once your broccoli has been thoroughly washed, and before you can turn your broccoli into puree for baby, you need to cook it. 

I recommend steaming broccoli to preserve nutrients. When steaming broccoli you want to put the tougher stalk pieces in the bottom of the steamer basket and the lighter florets on top. 

Steam the broccoli for about 15-20 minutes. If all of the pieces are small you can cook them for less time, approximately 10 minutes instead. 

Once your broccoli has been cooked it’s time to turn the broccoli into a texture that your baby can eat. 

 

 

How to Puree Broccoli Baby Food

 

To transform broccoli pieces into baby food you need to puree them.

I highly recommend purchasing a Vitamix Blender to make your baby food with. It is one of the best blenders and will blend baby food to a super smooth consistency to insure that you do not end up with broccoli chunks in the baby food that baby can choke on. 

This is the only blender that I will use when pureeing not only baby food, but other recipes such as Sweet Potato Pie or Apple Butter as well!

It is the best! And it lasts FOREVER! I have had my Vitamix for over a decade and it’s still going strong and purees foods just as good as the day I got it! Definitely worth investing in!

So add the broccoli to the blender.

I usually fill mine about 1/3 full at a time and blend in batches to help speed the process up. You may also need to add a little water at this time.

If you want to add back in some of the nutrients that were lost during steaming you can use the water that you used to steam the broccoli. Just be sure that you use a good quality filtered or RO water when you steam them.

Start with a few tablespoons of water as you can always add more. If the broccoli gets too thick it will not blend well. So keep stopping and scraping down the sides of the blender as needed and adding water until all the broccoli pieces are smooth and well blended. 

You want it to be somewhat thick and not runny, so don’t add too much water. You basically only want to add as much water as is needed to help the blender out. Otherwise the broccoli will just stick to the sides and won’t fall down to the blades. 

Once all the broccoli is blended to a super smooth consistency you have baby food! Yep, it’s that easy! 

 

How to Store Homemade Baby Food

 

But wait, we’re not done yet! 

What are you supposed to do with this large batch of broccoli baby food? I mean, as good as broccoli is for you, your baby isn’t going to eat the whole batch at once;)

Like I mentioned above you can make a LOT of baby food in a short amount of time. The key is to freeze the broccoli puree that you won’t be using in the next couple of days for later. 

However, you don’t want to freeze it all together. You want to be able to freeze it in serving sizes so that you can easily thaw out and use a small amount at a time. This way you can have baby food for a month or more!

 

Broccoli Baby Food Freezing

 

To freeze baby food efficiently you really need to get these baby food cube trays. They’re kind of like ice cube trays that have lids.

Simply scoop the pureed broccoli into the trays, place the lid on, and put it in the freezer. Once they are completely frozen you can pop them out and store them in freezer bags that are labeled with the date made. 

Now you have a large supply of ready made, single serving, broccoli baby food cubes! How easy is that?!

 

How to Thaw Frozen Baby Food

 

When it comes time to use your frozen broccoli cubes you need to be sure that they are thawed in advance. 

There are a couple of different ways to thaw out broccoli baby food. 

The easiest is to put it in a bowl with a lid the night before and let it thaw in the fridge. That way the next day it will be soft and ready to use. 

However, I know from experience, that this isn’t always an option! There were many times that I forgot to lay my baby food out and had to do it just before serving it. 

I really don’t recommend thawing baby food in the microwave. Not only does it leave hot spots in the baby food that can burn your baby, but it also is bad for the baby food! You can read here about the dangers of microwaves and why I don’t have one

So, the best way to thaw frozen baby food cubes quickly is to fill a bowl that is a little larger than the bowl holding the baby food with hot water. Sit the bowl with the cubes in the hot water. The heat will be enough to cause the cubes to melt. 

You might have to change the water a few times and add fresh hot water as it gets cold. Also occasionally turn the cube and break it up as it gets softer to help speed up thawing. 

I know this might seem like a pain, but it’s the best way to thaw the cubes so that they don’t get too hot for baby and the best way to preserve the nutrients in the food that you worked hard to make!

Be sure to test the thawed broccoli to be sure that it is not too hot before feeding it to your baby.

And that’s how you make homemade broccoli baby food!

Now the only thing left to do is to serve it to your little one:) I hope they enjoy it as much as you enjoy giving your baby the healthiest food possible! 

 

Baby Food Recipes

 

For additional baby food recipes be sure to read:

How to Make Apple Baby Food

How to Make Zucchini Baby Food

How to Make Spinach Baby Food

How to make Green Bean Baby Food

How to Make Sweet Potato Baby Food

How to Make Avocado Baby Food

How to Make Carrot Baby Food

How to Make Butternut Squash Baby Food

How to Make Plum Baby Food

How to Make Banana Baby Food

How to Make Pear Baby Food

Broccoli Baby Food Recipe

 

Broccoli Baby Food

Broccoli Baby Food

Give your baby super nutritious broccoli baby food! It's easy to make and oh so healthy!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • Organic Broccoli Pieces (washed well)
  • Filtered or RO Water

Instructions

Once your peas have been rinsed add them to steamer and steam the broccoli for about 8-10 minutes.

I usually fill mine about 1/3 full at a time and blend in batches to help speed the process up. You need to also add a little water at this time.

If you want to add back in some of the nutrients that were lost during steaming you can use the water that you used to steam the broccoli. Just be sure that you use a good quality filtered or RO water when you steam them.

Start with a few tablespoons of water, as you can always add more. If the broccoli gets too thick it will not blend well. So keep stopping and scraping down the sides of the blender as needed and adding water until all the broccoli is smooth and blends well. 

You want it to be somewhat thick and not runny, so don't add too much water. You basically only want to add as much water as is needed to help the blender out. Otherwise the broccoli will just stick to the sides and won't fall down to the blades. 

Once all the broccoli is blended to a super smooth consistency you have baby food! Yep, it's that easy!