Another day, another baby food. The other day I decided to take a trip to our local produce market and pick up some vegetables I don’t buy quite that often. I grabbed some fresh broccoli, zucchini, a red bell pepper and a cabbage. Of course I had no intentions of making a batch of red pepper baby food or anything that was strictly cabbage (other than some coleslaw for myself). Today I set off making a few batches of baby foods, I made applesauce with cinnamon, an apple and blueberry combination, broccoli with green peas and some pureed zucchini.
The step by step process for zucchini baby food is an extremely easy one. I only used a single zucchini because it is his first go with it and should he not like it I don’t want to end up throwing away a bunch of food. Not that I think that’s a likely outcome whatsoever, Baby J hasn’t met a food yet that he doesn’t like.
Step number one is to clean your zucchini because you will not be peeling off the outer skin, I just used a damp dishrag but there are vegetable scrubbing brushes available out there. Once you’ve scrubbed your veggie for any lingering dirt, slice it into thin disks and place them into your steamer. Since zucchinis are pretty soft it didn’t take too long for them to cook all the way through, about seven minutes with the stove top on high. No additional water is necessary for pureeing this! The zucchini retains a lot of moisture.
After you’re done making the puree itself it’s time to get it into containers and pop those babies into the freezer for a later date. Whenever I get a baby food out to use I always pop the frozen cube of food out into a ceramic bowl and microwave on high for a little over one minute. If you don’t have any I recommend investing in the plastic baby spoons that change color when food it hot.
Your end result should look very similar to what is pictured above, my older son mistook it for a smoothie but declined to give it a taste. Frankly, I think it looks really appetizing but this is something that probably requires additional food to be served with it. Due to the high water content I can’t see this really being a stick to the ribs kind of food. Personally, I will probably boil up some little noodles to mix into this or serve it as a side dish for Baby J at lunch or dinner time.
Interesting zucchini facts:
- The zucchini is actually a fruit.
- A full grown zucchini is actually about three feet in length but becomes much too fibrous to consume so is most often picked at a young age.
- Despite seeming like it’s made up of mostly water, zucchini is high in Vitamin C, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, Vitamin A, potassium and folate.
If you have any questions for me about preparing homemade baby food or this particular recipe, leave them below in the comments section. And as always, thanks for reading!