Puree Monday - Creamy Carrots
This is one of my favorite purees to make. I have been demonstrating this one in my Adventures in Baby Food Making classes for the last two years and it’s always a hit. It’s great with other fresh herbs like thyme or sage, go ahead and get creative...your bebe’s pallet will thank you. Bebe B adores this one still. She eats it by the spoonful. It’s a great mix in for pasta as well.
If your interested (or know someone interested) in learning more about making your own baby food, I have two classes coming up: Adventures in Baby Food Making; my hour and a half class that will teach you everything you need to know and more. I’m also teaching a 45 minute free mini class at Nicki’s Diapers this month, perfect if your not 100% sure but want to learn more about it.
Creamy Carrots - 9 Months+
About 10-12 fresh carrots
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
Breast milk or Formula
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Rosemary finely chopped
Clean, peel and chop the carrots (large chunks is fine). Steam the carrots in either a steaming basket on the stove or in the Beaba babycook. If using the babycook fill water to the 3 mark for a full basket of chopped carrots (you will mostly likely need to steam two batches for all the carrots) If steaming on the stove use about 2-3 inches of water and steam for about 10-15 minutes, checking with a knife every so often to see if the carrots are tender enough. They should be very soft but still bright orange. Discard carrot cooking liquid. Puree the carrots until smooth then allow them to cool in the fridge until at least room temperature. Next puree/ blend in the ricotta cheese and breast milk or formula till desired consistency is reached. Add the rosemary and nutmeg then mix a bit more. This recipe will keep up to 3 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer. it also makes the perfect addition to toddler meals- spread on toast or mixed with noodles. This recipe will fill about 2 ice cube trays (10-20 servings).
This recipe is Gluten-Free and Vegetarian.
Some of the Awesome Health Benefits:
-Carrots are easy to digest and are packed full of nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Calcium.
-Ricotta cheese is packed full of calcium, protein, omega-3, minerals and vitamins.