This week we decided to go for some Cauliflower Apple Mash for our Homemade Baby Food. Yumm Yumm, she just couldn’t get enough of this! I was worried that she may not like that Cauliflower but boy I was SO wrong! I am pretty sure that by now this is her favorite of them all. I was totally prepared to give her the 4 day test, you know, the 4 day test that is recommended when you introduce a new food to your infant. Within this 4 days you will find out if they really do like or dislike the new food. This is also good for discovering any allergies as well! But we did not have to wait 4 days to find out that she just couldn’t get enough, I had never seen her open so wide for a spoonful it was priceless!
Cauliflower can be introduced to your baby from 6 months of age ( with doctors consent of course). Now if your little one has a sensitive tummy it is recommended that you may wait until 8 months of age, cauliflower has a tendency to cause gas. Cauliflower is NOT considered to be a high risk food item in terms of allergic reactions, nevertheless, you should still introduce it separately and follow the 4 day rule to help identify just in case there is any reactions.
Cauliflower is a wonderfully nutritious vegetable and well worth making some food up for your baby. It contains lots of vitamin C, is high in fiber and is a good source of folates and B vitamins. Cauliflower is rich in anti-oxidants which help protect our bodies. The creamy white head is called the curd and its white because the cauliflower leaves protects it from the sun. When shopping for your cauliflower try to find the one that is heavy for its size, check the leaves they should be fresh, green and “snappy”. The size of the cauliflower has no bearing on wither it’s quality or nutritional value, so simply buy according to the amount you need.
The best way to cook your florets is to steam them, you may also boil them but remember that some of the nutrients will leach into the cooking water. So try to reserve the cooking water to add back into the puree later. Cauliflower may also be roasted and of course eaten raw 🙂 but make sure your child is old enough to eat the raw cauliflower.
Okay so on to the Cauliflower Apple Mash Recipe:
- First I cut my cauliflower into the same size florets, this way the cook evenly. Also rinse your florets under running water leave them sit for a few minutes after cutting, this is believed to help the healthy prompting phytonurtreints in the vegetable to develop.
- I core and peel my apple, while dicing them I make them similar in size as the cauliflower.
- You may leave you apple unpeeled if you like.
- I am using about half of a head of cauliflower and 1 apple for this recipe.
- I am also boiling mine in 4 oz of chicken stock, saving the left over liquid as my reserve when done cooking just in case I need to add liquid to my puree.
- I place all of my ingredients into a small saucepan and cover with lid, bringing to a simmer.
- Simmer until the apple and cauliflower are tender.
- Drain, reserving the stock
- Puree in a blender, add stock if necessary.
I hope that you love and enjoy this simple and easy baby food recipe as much as we do! Enjoy and have fun making baby happy! 🙂