It couldn’t be simpler to blend up canned beans, but cooking beans from scratch is hardly more difficult. Here are three methods for getting this protein-rich food ready for your baby.
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 1 1/2 cups so, there is plenty to freeze future meals.
- 1 1/2 cup cooked black beans
- Once you’ve successfully fed your baby just black beans, add in a flavour kick with 2 teaspoons lime juice next time you make this
- The Old-Fashioned Way: Soak 1 pound of dried black beans in a big bowl of water overnight. Drain Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the beans and simmer until tender, 1 to 2 hours. Store the beans in the cooking liquid.
Low and Slow: Rinse 1 pound of dried black beans and add them to a slow cooker. Cover with water by at least 2 inches. Cover the slow cooker and cook on Low for 8 hours or until tender. Store the beans in the cooking liquid.
Instant Gratification: Open a 15-ounce can of’ low-sodium black beans. Drain and rinse.
- Transfer the beans to a blender with 1/4 cup of water or cooking liquid. Process until you get the desired consistency for your baby, adding a tablespoon or more water 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.