This recipe yields a lot of cauliflower. Luckily, it’s an incredibly versatile and healthful purée. Use a bigger pot, 5 quarts if you have it, to accommodate all of the florets. And feel free to include the chopped core and leaves.
Plan on starting your baby with a small serving of just 2 tablespoons. As they start to eat more, increase the serving size to 1/4 cup. This recipe makes 5 cups so, there is plenty to freeze future meals.
- 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets
- Once you’ve successfully fed your baby just cauliflower, add in a flavour kick with 3/4 teaspoon turmeric the next time you make this
- In a large pot, bring 2 inches of water to a simmer. Place a steamer basket over the water. Add the cauliflower florets. Cover and steam until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool slightly.
- Transfer the cauliflower to a food processor or blender, working in batches if necessary. Process until you get the desired consistency for your baby, adding 1/4 cup or more water to the blender if needed to help it blend.
If you find that your baby doesn’t like a certain purée, don’t give up. Try again in a week or two, or mix it with a purée that you know your baby eats.
Try adding a few simple finger foods to your baby’s try such as Cheerios, cooked beans, or small chunks of soft fruit. Chances are your baby won’t eat much of these foods yet, but eating with their hands is an important skill to begin practicing.
It’s also time to introduce a sippy cup. Serve just a splash of water, breast milk, or formula at each meal.