Parsnips

Parsnips?  What the what?  I don’t know if I have ever had a parsnip or even heard of them!  I am more of a middle of the road peas and corn kinda veggie girl, so yeah, parsnips aren’t on my radar!  But now that I am making baby boy’s baby food, I wanted to be able to give him a wide variety of food, in the hopes (fingers crossed) that he will grow up to have no fear of new foods.  Soooo enter the parsnip!  Baby boy also seems to be eating a lot of orange/yellow veggies (squash, carrots, sweet potatoes), that I wanted to try a different color (weird I know).  If you have been in the “cave of no parsnips” along with me, they are basically like a carrot in that they are a root veggie, but have a more radish-y taste.  Let’s check it out shall we?baby food parsnip puree

Pureeing Parsnips for baby food:

  1. Scrub & peel the parsnips.  Before you get to this step, when at the grocery store pick out parsnips that don’t have many little hairs on them or growth on the top, much like picking out fresh carrots.  At home, scrub and peel the parsnips, trying to get all of the skin off of it.
  2. Chop parsnips in small pieces.  If steaming make sure to chop the parsnips pretty small so that they will cook all the way through.  This makes for easier pureeing. baby food parsnips
  3. Steam the parsnips.  Because I didn’t chop them up small enough I actually had to do a couple steaming cycles so that the middle of the coin size pieces were cooked enough.  So chop, chop, chop!  Like I have said before…I love me some Beaba Babycook!steaming parsnips
  4. Puree them up!  After steaming add the left over water back into the puree to achieve a smooth consistency.  I also had to add in some breast milk.  Remember to add in FRESH breast milk and not thawed milk, if you are going to freeze the puree.  I did not do this by mistake yesterday when making sweet potatoes, and grrrr…I had to dump it all!  Click here for my homemade baby food safety tips
  5. Freeze them.  Scoop the puree into the handy dandy baby food freezer trays, and pop them in the freezer.parsnips in freezer tray

Sounds easy!  The tricky part will be getting baby boy to LIKE parsnips!  He did a lot of tongue moving, serious looks, and coughing when trying them for the first time.  BUT it could take up to a couple weeks for a baby to accept a new food, so I will not give up!  But honestly, if he doesn’t like them, fine, because they were a bit “ehhhhh” for me….!  To keep you up to date (I know you don’t want to be in the dark!), check out my schedules page to see how much food we are giving him at each meal.

And new update: On our second attempt baby boy really liked the parsnips mixed with sweet potatotes…yummy!

Up next on the menu: Butternut Squash!

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13 comments to Parsnips

  • I would have never thought of parsnips – glad he is liking them with the Sweet Potatoes.

  • I made baby food for all three of my kids. I never.once.made.parsnips!! I should have tried it, because I heard good things about them, too.

    I am with you on the “no fear of new foods” thing. I think every kid is different, but I was much more conservative with what I fed my first (no idea why) and he is SO PICKY. My other two, they’ll eat pretty much whatever, and they even asked for broccoli last night. Gotta love that!

    • spoonmomma

      Yummm brocolli! I have to say though that he much prefers the parsnips mixed with something else. He gagged pretty good on just the parsnips today!

  • We love the neglected veggies! However, I agree with your son, we prefer parsnips mixed with something else. My son now loves for me to make parsnip oven baked fries. Thanks for sharing this with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

    • spoonmomma

      Fries are a great idea! A kid friendly way to get the veggies in! I wasn’t sure if the hop was appropriate for baby food, but I thought I would take a chance!

  • I agree with mixing it with something, since he is so young, then work toward less something and more parsnip. Personally if I’m going to eat a white veggie, it is going to be cauliflower!
    Also, since he is used to ‘tasting’ your food through the breast milk, you could add a little (little is important) seasoning to it, cook in some diluted chicken broth or veggie broth with a light sprinkle of garlic (there was even a study that showed when moms ate food with garlic the babies nursed longer).

    As long as he isn’t spitting and throwing the spoon away, you still have hope :o)

  • I really want that puree machine you have!!!

  • Kari

    If you roast Parsnips first they are much more tasty. Sweeter & not so radishy tasting, that’s the way I prefer them myself, not that I have them often. I did so for DS when making his foods as an infant. Also often mixed with a sweeter veggie like squash, sweet potato, peas, corn or carrot OR with fruit like apple or pear (etc….) I have an awesome roasted root veggie dish (in The Weekend Gourmet cookbook with bacon. It is delish!

  • Ida

    I made my daughter sweet potato parsnip and she loved it with a shake of cinnamon. It is bitter, though, so you may want to have a 3:2 ratio with a larger sweet potato vs. the parsnip.

  • Ida

    How do you make the broccoli? Cauliflower? I am eager to hear of good babyfood recipes since my girl seems to like food with flavor. I would not fear seasoning your baby’s food, so long as you don’t salt it. Try an herb or a spice. If the baby gets a little rashy, hold off on that ingredient for a few months. Cinnamon/garlic/parsley/dill/leek/onion have all worked well for us. Nutmeg caused a light rash, so we’ll go back to that one in a few months. This weekend, I’m going to try a little ginger & garlic when I introduce beef, since I use ginger & garlic in marinades for beef. Think about the flavors you cook with. Then, introduce the baby slowly to the flavors you use.

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