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Baby Food Recipes: Red and Yellow Tomatoes

I started making homemade baby food for my daughter before she started eating solids at six months old. Since that time, I have continued to make huge batches of food for her that I froze in ice cube freeze and store in my deep freezer. Even though she is a toddler, my daughter still enjoys her mashed fruits and vegetables once or twice a day. (She also eats other foods, but I like to fill in any nutritional blanks with the homemade baby food.) One of the foods that I made at the end of the summer was a red and yellow tomato baby food with tomatoes from a local farmers market.

Red tomatoes are low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol. The red fruit is also a good source of dietary fiber, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus and are a very good source of vitamin C, niacin, folate, potassium, copper, and manganese. Yellow tomatoes are also low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol. The yellow fruit is likewise a good source of dietary fiber, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus and are a very good source of vitamin C, niacin, folate, potassium, copper, and manganese.

Washing the Red and Yellow Tomatoes Raw Red and Yellow Tomatoes

Cooked Red and Yellow Tomatoes Mashing the Red and Yellow Tomatoes

To make red and yellow tomato baby food, start by rinsing off the tomatoes. Place the washed tomatoes in a microwave safe bowl with a little extra water for cooking. Cook the tomatoes covered in the microwave for five to ten minutes or until the fruit is soft and starts to burst. Allow the tomatoes to cool slightly before spooning the cooked mixture into a baby food processor or blender. Blend the tomatoes until mashed. Make a thinner puree by adding more water for younger babies. Leave some tomato chunks in the mixture for older babies. Once blended, spoon the mixture into ice cube trays for easier freezing. Move the frozen cubes into freezer safe bags for easier storage. As you baby needs food, simply thaw a few cubes in the refrigerator.

Red and Yellow Tomato Baby Food Cubes

Does your baby like tomatoes? Do you make your own baby food?

Image Credits

Washing the Red and Yellow Tomatoes © 2013 Heather Johnson
Raw Red and Yellow Tomatoes © 2013 Heather Johnson
Cooked Red and Yellow Tomatoes © 2013 Heather Johnson
Mashing the Red and Yellow Tomatoes © 2013 Heather Johnson
Red and Yellow Tomato Baby Food Cubes © 2013 Heather Johnson

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