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Easy Baby-Led Weaning Broccoli Recipes for Babies

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6-12 months

About the Recipe

BABY-LED WEANING FEEDING TIPS

Watch for signs that your baby is ready to start solid foods, usually around 6 months of age. Look for sitting with minimal assistance, good control of their head and trunk, bringing hands and toys to their mouth, and appearing interested in what you are eating.
Understand the difference between gagging and choking – including the signs of each and how to respond
Be aware of changes that may be needed in your own diet. Foods prepared for adults may not always be suitable for infants, especially depending on sugar and sodium levels, seasonings used, or style of cooking.
Serve and cut foods to help with grasp and minimize frustration – cut food into 2-3′ strips or sticks (about the size of 2 adult fingers) for babies 6-9 months old. You can shred or cut foods into pea sized pieces once baby reaches 9-12 months old to promote fine motor grasp.

Ingredients

BENEFITS OF BROCCOLI FOR BABY

Broccoli has a whole host of health benefits! It contains Vitamin C that is responsible for boosting the immunity; Broccoli antioxidants may prevent some malignancies;Broccoli is also rich in vitamin K, which helps blood coagulate; Broccoli's vitamin A and antioxidants protect eyes.


Tips:

A helpful hint for both shopping and storing broccoli is to seek for heads that are dense, have crowns that are dark green, and have buds that are tightly wrapped. Because broccoli is a resilient vegetable that thrives in cool weather, the refrigerator is an ideal environment for it. The broccoli should be wrapped in a few dry paper towels, which will help absorb away any extra moisture, and then stored in a plastic bag that is not sealed.



HOW TO MAKE BROCCOLI FOR BABY-LED WEANING


The goal is to cook the broccoli until it is soft enough for your baby to eat (or gnaw on) yet still firm enough for your baby to be able to pick and self-feed. For babies 6 months and up using their palmar grasp, you can serve steamed broccoli florets, steamed broccoli chopped up and mixed with ricotta, or broccoli mixed with cheese and eggs and cooked into a muffin.


  • Steamed Broccoli with Lemon

  • Roasted Broccoli with Garlic

  • Broccoli and Ricotta

  • Broccoli Cheese Egg Muffins


Baby can have broccoli as one of their first foods. When a baby can start on solids is determined by their own rate of development, which generally comes around 6 months of age. Some of the developmental milestones babies need to reach in order to start solids include: if your baby has solid control of their head and neck, if your baby has doubled in weight, and if your baby is reaching for or opening their mouth when you eat . Before you start your baby on purees, you should consult with your pediatrician to make sure your child is developmentally ready.Broccoli can 100% be your baby’s first food if you want it to be. It is recommended to wait to introduce the top eight allergen foods to your baby once a few other well-tolerated foods have been introduced, but otherwise foods can be introduced in any order so choose whatever you are most excited for your baby to have.


Preparation

HOW TO SERVE BROCCOLI FOR BABY-LED WEANING


A good rule of thumb to follow is the younger the baby, the bigger the piece of food. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but the bigger the piece of food, allows your baby to hold onto it while chewing and sucking on it without posing as high of a choking hazard. For babies 6-9 months, you will want to cut food into 2-3′ strips or sticks roughly the size of 2 adult fingers. For babies 9-12 months, you can shred or cut food into ‘pea-size’ pieces.


6-8 Months: steam or roast bigger florets until tender.


8-10 Months: smaller florets or chopped pieces of steamed or roasted broccoli.


10-12 Months: chopped pieces of steamed or roasted broccoli.



STEAMED BROCCOLI WITH LEMON


This steamed broccoli with lemon is a simple and flavorful recipe that baby, toddler and even you will devour. For babies 6-8 months, the bigger the better, you can serve the bigger-sized florets and stem that will fit inside of their palms. For babies 8-10 months, you can serve them flatter and smaller sizes of florets. And for babies 10-12 months, you can serve them chopped pieces of broccoli so they can work on their pincher grasp.

Instructions : cut broccoli into large florets, and place in a steamer basket. Place over boiling water and steam for 8-10 minutes or until tender but not mushy. Take off heat and let cool. Squeeze a little lemon juice on the broccoli and toss.


ROASTED BROCCOLI


Roasted broccoli with a pinch of garlic for warm and earthy finger food for your baby!

Instructions (for the full recipe, see recipe card below): toss broccoli florets with a pinch of minced garlic and olive oil and bake until tender with a few crispy spots.


BROCCOLI RICOTTA MASH


Steamed broccoli and creamy ricotta come together in this delicious mash for baby! This thick and chunky mash can be served to your baby on their highchair tray, in a suction baby bowl or with a baby-led weaning friendly spoon such as the Gootensil.

Instructions : take a spoonful of ricotta and put it into a small bowl. Chop up a small amount of steamed broccoli and add it to the bowl. Stir the ricotta and broccoli together until well incorporated.


BROCCOLI CHEESE EGG MUFFINS


These Egg Muffins are made with a few simple ingredients and a great way for your baby to explore a healthy and tasty meal that is soft and easy to chew. Serve these egg muffins cut in half, in chunks or strips.

Instructions (for the full recipe, see recipe card below): Whisk together the eggs and milk. Then stir in the chopped broccoli and cheese. Pour into a well-greased or lined muffin tin and bake.

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