When cooking for my 8 month old I like to use what’s in season and items I can find at my local farmers market. Right now carrots and parsnips are in season. So I took full advantage of these nutritious vegetables, whipped some up and combined them together for a delicious meal for my baby girl.
Parsnips are a white root vegetable that contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, including fiber, folate, potassium and vitamin C. They belong to the same plant family as celery, parsley and carrots and are in season from now until April. Parsnips have a nutty/sweet flavor and are great roasted and pureed for infants 6+ months or as a finger food with older babies and children.
Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, which turns into vitamin A in the body and is good for your baby’s eyes. Carrots promote a strong immune system and contain phytochemicals that may protect against heart disease and certain cancers. They are high in fiber, which may help your baby have normal bowel movements. Carrots are sweet in flavor and are best steamed or roasted and pureed for infants 6+ months or well cooked and as finger foods for older infants and children.
When preparing these vegetables steaming or roasting is best because you retain most of the nutrients this way (as opposed to boiling where the nutrients can leech out) as well as the flavor. I peeled, chopped and steamed both until tender to touch (with a fork), then I combined them in my Baby Bullet with a little water, a splash of olive oil and cinnamon. Since my daughter is a little older now I didn’t completely puree them, I left it a bit chunkier in consistency. I didn’t puree all of them as my older daughter can eat them as a finger food (or with her fork). I made extra puree to freeze and use later.
The biggest critic, my baby girl, gave this dish her seal of approval! For more yummy baby food recipes using parsnips or carrots check out Momtastic Wholesome Baby Food – Parsnips and Momtastic Wholesome Baby Food – Carrots.
Always consult your pediatrician before introducing solid foods to your baby.