Now that baby boy is 1 year old, I am really trying to make an effort to feed baby boy what we are eating for dinner. Usually at lunch we all go our separate ways, so I don’t worry about us all eating the same thing. But dinner, I really would like to get into the habit of all eating the same thing. I know, I know, that probably will not happen when baby boy realizes that he can eat something else than what is on his tray, but hey worth a shot right??
Of course, if we are eating spicy chicken tacos, then obviously baby boy will eat something else, or I might take out some of the taco meat before I add all the seasonings so that he is still essentially having what we are eating…ta da!
In order for the three of us to eat the same thing, my husband and I have become more aware about varying our foods (especially fruits and veggies) at dinner time. An easy veggie that creates a day of leftovers (bonus!) is broccoli! Broccoli is best for babies that are close to 1 year old because it can create some gas, so older tummies handle it better.
I purchased a steamer basket that goes into a pot of water (not sure why I didn’t have one before!) to steam our veggies in order to retain the most nutrients. I used to use my Beaba Babycook to steam baby boy’s food because I could do a bunch and then puree it, but now that he is eating lots and lots of finger foods, we are past the pureeing. So now, I rely on the steaming basket to make the cooking easier!
Broccoli Baby Food
- Purchase the broccoli. Broccoli is not on the dirty dozen list, so there is no need to purchase organic if you don’t wish to. Sometimes I will buy the large bunch of broccoli (three spears) too cook, or I have recently been buying the smaller floret only bunch that is just one spear. It is smaller and I can use it if I am cooking it only for baby boy (usually for lunch etc.), and it doesn’t create tons of leftovers that may go to waste.
- Wash it. I run it under cool water to wash it and then cut most of the stem off so just the florets are left.
- Steam it. I love my steamer basket, especially for broccoli.
- Put a small amount of water in a medium pot, with the steaming basket resting over it.
- Place the broccoli in the basket, and bring the water to a boil.
- Turn the water down to simmer, and put a lid on the pot.
- Cook about 8-10 minutes, pr until the broccoli is tender.
- Serve. A little shredded cheese on top makes it yummy, or a bit of parmesan cheese is also good. Broccoli will freeze in chunks (you can use the baby food freezer storage tray), so you can freeze it if you wish, but I usually will serve it the next day as leftovers.
Broccoli is chock full of nutrients, so added in each week to your little one’s diet can be very beneficial! It also makes a great food to use as finger food, because it isn’t too slippery.
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