Beets Baby Food Recipes

Homemade baby food recipes

Welcome to our Beets baby food recipe page! Discover why this lovely vibrantly colored vegetable is good for your baby. Also, find out how you can correctly store and cook beets for making your own homemade baby food.

Beets (also known as garden vegetables) are a great vegetable to add to your baby's diet. They are easy to digest, have a lovely sweet taste, and pack a punch in nutrition as they contain such rich amounts of beneficial nutrients for your baby.

Beets make exciting colorful looking purees thanks to their deep red color, and they can easily be combined with other foods to make colorful baby food combinations for your baby. Beets owe their intense red color to an extremly water soluble pigment called betalain.

Cooked beets can be introduced to babies at the age of 8 months, although some parents will choose to wait until their baby is around 10 months of age. It is important to bear in mind that babies develop at different rates and that food recommendations for each individual baby may vary.

The Nutritious Beets

Beets are an excellent source of vitamin A, a very important vitamin for good eye sight and healthy immune system. Beets are also a good source of vitamin C, riboflavin and magnesium. They also contain Zinc and vitamin B6.

Buying and storing beets

When selecting your beets for homemade baby food, look for firm small to medium sized beets that have a healthy looking skin with no bruises and no dried up cuts'. Avoid large beets as they tend to be fibrous. We do not recommend the use of canned pickled beets for making homemade baby food.

One more thing that makes cooked beets such perfect vegetables for making homemade baby is that they freeze very well. Uncooked beets can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Nitrates in Beets Baby Food

Nitrates are naturally occurring compounds that can be found in root vegetables such as carrots, turnips and beets. Nitrates are also found in vegetables such as spinach and collard greens. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against giving beets and other nitrate containing foods to babies younger than 3 months of age.

"/.../home-prepared infant foods from vegetables (eg, spinach, beets, green beans, squash, carrots) should be avoided until infants are 3 months or older /.../"

Again, like with all foods it's always a good idea to consult your pediatrician before introducing beets baby food to your baby. It is often recommended not to use the cooking water left over from steaming or boiling beets as this water will most certainly contain nitrates. Use boiled water or breast milk to thin out purees instead.

Cooking Beets

Steaming and baking are the best cooking methods for preparing beets. Baking in particular will preserve the flavor and even boost their color.

Easy Beets Baby Food Recipes

Basic Beetroot baby puree Ingredients:
  • 4 beets
  • Water for steaming
Method:

Wash, peel and slice the beets; Steam until vegetables are soft; Puree in a food processor until smooth. Cool rapidly in portions before freezing.

Beets and Sweet Potato Puree Ingredients:
  • 245g sweet potatoes
  • 100g beets (about 3 small to medium beets)
Method:

Wash and peel the vegetables; slice into thin slices; place in a steamer pot and steam until soft. Puree the vegetables to desire consistency adding cooled boiled water or breast milk to thin the puree out.

Pink Couscous with Chicken and Leeks

This dish can be served as is or with a big dollop of Greek yoghurt.

Note: You may need to adjust the couscous/ liquid ratio for this recipe depending on the couscous brand you are using. Please refer to the instructions on your couscous package. For this particular couscous brand, the liquid/couscous ratio is 1:1.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup couscous
  • 140g cooked chicken breast
  • 2 Tbsp. leeks, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup homemade chicken stock (heat and keep warm)
  • 1 cooked beet, chopped into small cubes
  • Greek yoghurt
Method:

Saute the leeks in the vegetable oil until soft; stir in the couscous, chicken, and the chopped beets; pour over the homemade chicken stock bring to the boil; cover, remove from heat and allow to stand for about 3-5 minutes; fluff up the couscous and serve with Greek yoghurt.

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References

American Academy of Pediatrics