While growing up, my daughter wanted to experiment with her food every time. She would refuse the food if it was repeated. Also, she wanted it, to have a good aroma and flavor. So I was compelled to give her baby food that wasn’t bland. I really wondered at times, that how can babies have such strong preferences for food at that very young age. This made me come up with recipes which were appetizing and satisfying for her. Today, I am sharing this recipe which is full of different flavors. Here, I have combined tomatoes and broccoli with cheese. I have added cumin powder, garlic powder, and oregano for added flavor.
I introduced my little one to Tomatoes after she was 1-year-old. But generally, they can be introduced to babies as early as 8 months. Since tomatoes are high in acidity, there is a possibility of babies getting rash. So while working with tomatoes for baby food, it is important to thoroughly cook them to get rid of that acidity. Also using fresh tomatoes is much better than canned ones.
Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and minerals. Due to the high levels of vitamin C in tomatoes, they help in iron absorption. So including tomatoes in your babies daily diet is much helpful. When shopping tomatoes for baby food, look for fresh ones which are firm, without any bruises or blemishes and are bright red in color.
- 1 cup chopped red tomatoes
- ½ cup chopped broccoli
- 1 cheddar cheese slice
- ½ tsp of unsalted butter
- Dash of garlic powder
- Dash of oregano
- 2 pinches of cumin powder
- Steam chopped broccoli in a steamer and keep it aside.
- In a small pot, add the unsalted butter and heat till it melts.
- Then add garlic powder, oregano, and cumin powder and sauté for few minutes. Add chopped tomatoes. Mix everything well. Cook tomatoes till they get soft and mushy.
- Once they sweat and get soft, add the steamed broccoli and cheese. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes till everything gets well incorporated.
- Once the cheese melts completely, turn off the heat. Let it cool down a bit.
This recipe is on a watery side, it can be served as a dipping sauce as well to toddlers.
I have used a cheese slice here, you can use shredded cheese as well. You decide on the quantity according to your preference.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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