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Cauliflower baby food is one of those foods that your baby must have in his/her diet. The cauliflower, which is a member of the Brassicaceae family, is a tasty, nutrient dense vegetable you can incorporate into your baby’s diet. Brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage are also members of the Brassicaceae family.
Cauliflower Baby Food Is Very Nutritious
You can add homemade cauliflower baby food to your baby’s diet from 8 months of age. However, it is worth knowing that cauliflower (like broccoli or cabbage) can cause gas in some babies while other babies will have no problems with it at all.
Cauliflower is a nutrient-dense vegetable with anti-cancer properties. This cruciferous vegetable is also an excellent source of vitamin C, Folate, vitamin K and dietary fiber. Like that’s not enough, cauliflower contains Phytochemicals, the anti-cancer compounds and other compounds found to be great for your baby’s long-term health and well-being.
Selecting And Storing Your Cauliflower
A fresh cauliflower should have a white colored curd (purple, green and orange varieties are also available) with no brown marks or any other discolorations and fresh crisp-looking leaves.
To store cauliflower, try wrapping it in cling wrap or pop it into a freezer plastic bag and store it in the crisper bin of your refrigerator. Like with most fresh foods, the quality of cauliflower will deteriorate with time. So the earlier you use the cauliflower, the better.
Cooking Your Baby’s Cauliflower
Cooking vegetables in a vegetable steamer is the best way to prepare baby food. Steaming cauliflower is the best way to preserve all the phytochemicals and other nutrients that can easily be lost through boiling. Microwaving is also another good option.
Easy, Nutritious Cauliflower Baby Food Recipes
Cauliflower puree makes good baby food. It has a very mild taste and blends easily with most fruits and vegetables. I like using pureed cauliflower as a hidden vegetable in meat dishes. This way the kids can also have “just pasta and mince sauce” sometimes.
Basic Cauliflower Puree
- 200g Cauliflower cut into small florets
- 1 Cup water for steaming
- Bring a cup of water to the boil in a chemical-free non-stick saucepan and place the cauliflower florets into a steamer basket. Cover with a lid and steam the florets until tender ( about 10 minutes). Reserve the cooking liquid.
- When the florets are cooked, puree to a smooth consistency. For older babies just crush the cauliflower with the back of a fork. Use the reserved cooking liquid to make the puree lighter if you think its too thick for your baby.
Apple And Cauliflower Puree
- 1/2 a cup or 50g cauliflower
- 1 Red Delicious apple (or any red sweet apple of your choice)
- Wash, peel and chop the apple into thin slices.
- Combine the apple and cauliflower and steam or boil in as little water as possible until soft.
- Puree to a smooth consistency. Add a bit of breast milk or cooled boiled water if desired.
- 1 red apple of your choice
- 160 g Cauliflower
- 1 Tbsp Onion chopped
- 1 1/2 Cups milk
- 30 g grated cheddar cheese
- 1/2 clove garlic chopped finely
- 1 Tbsp flour
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
- Wash and cut the cauliflower into small florets.
- Steam the cauliflower and the apple slices until soft and set aside.
- Melt the butter in a heavy-based non-stick saucepan and add the onion and the garlic. Continue stirring for a minute or until the onion is soft and fragrant.
- Add the flour, cook and continuously stir for about a minute. Carefully whisk in the milk and then stir constantly until the sauce thickens.
- Add the apple, cauliflower and the cheese, whisking carefully to break the cauliflower into even smaller pieces for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Mash the cauliflower and apple pieces with the back of a fork.
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