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Baby Food Recipes: Green Beans

Baby Food Recipes: Green Beans

When my son started eating solid foods at six months old, I skipped the baby cereal and immediately introduced him to vegetables. I also opted to make my own baby food, which I personally consider easier, tastier, and cheaper than store bought varieties. In addition to sweet potatoes, one of the first baby foods that I made for my son was green beans.

Green beans are low in sodium and very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. The green vegetable is also a good source of protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and manganese.

To make my homemade baby food, I started with raw green beans and some fluoride-free baby water. After washing and snapping the green beans, I combined the veggie pieces in a glass bowl with some water. I then cooked the green beans in my microwave to tenderness. (You can also cook the veggies on the stove, but I prefer the ease of the microwave.)

After allowing the cooked green beans to cool slightly, I spooned the veggies into my Baby Bullet and added some additional water. I then blended the mixture into a thin puree. (For older babies, use less water for a thicker mash.) Once puréed, I spooned the baby food into freezer containers and ice cube trays for easier freezing. After the puree froze, I moved the frozen cubes into freezer safe baggies for easier storage. Now as my son needs baby food, I simply thaw a few cubes in the refrigerator or microwave.

Baby Water and Green Beans Raw Green Beans

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Pureeing the Cooked Green Beans Homemade Green Bean Baby Food in Ice Cube Tray

Does your baby like green beans? Do you make your own baby food? Also try combining green beans and peas for a fun flavor combination.

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Baby Food Recipes: Green Beans © 2015 Heather Johnson
Baby Water and Green Beans © 2015 Heather Johnson
Raw Green Beans © 2015 Heather Johnson
Pureeing the Cooked Green Beans © 2015 Heather Johnson
Homemade Green Bean Baby Food in Ice Cube Tray © 2015 Heather Johnson

Written by Heather Johnson

Heather is a writer, librarian, linguist, wife, and mother who loves her husband, children, dogs, and cats. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing and master's degrees in library and information science and English studies with a concentration in linguistics.

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