Baby Pesto (7 Months+)
This recipe is the perfect way to jazz up rice or baby cereal and also makes a great finger food for older ones spread on small pieces of soft bread. Why do you need to make a baby version of pesto? Well babies do not need or are able to process large amounts of salt and most experts agree to wait till babies are over 12 months to introduce nuts so pesto made for other members of your family or purchased in a store wouldn't be best for babies just beginning their solid food journey. This recipe is a wonderful way to bring the taste without the ingredients that may not be safe for little ones.
Baby Pesto - 7 Months+
1/2 cup Fresh Basil Leaves
(cleaned and chopped)
1/4 cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
Breast Milk or Formula (as needed)
Blend the ingredients together in a food processor or a baby-food maker. Use as much or as little breast milk (or formula) as needed to reach the desired consistency. This recipe will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.
Some of the Awesome Health Benefits:
-Basil is a good source of vitamin A, helping to protect cells. Magnesium is also found in basil and is an essential mineral for the heart and blood vessels. More nutrients found in basil include: iron, calcium, potassium and vitamin C.