Easy, fresh and nutritious!
Cauliflower baby food is one of those foods that your baby must have in his/her diet. The cauliflower, which is a member of the Brassicaceae family, is a very tasty, nutrient dense vegetable which can easily be incorporated into your baby's diet. Brussel sprouts, broccoli and cabbage are also members of the Brassicaceae family.
Homemade cauliflower baby food can be introduced into a baby's diet from 8 months of age. However, it is worth knowing that cauliflower (like broccoli or cabbage) can cause gas in some babies while other babies will have no problems with it at all.
Cauliflower is a nutrient - dense vegetable with great anti - cancer properties. This cruciferous vegetable is a very good source of vitamin C, Folate, vitamin K and dietary fiber. Cauliflower contains Phytochemicals, the anti - cancer compounds and other compounds found to be great for your baby's long term health and wellbeing.
A fresh cauliflower should have a white colored curd (purple, green and orange varieties can also be found) with no brown marks or any other discolorations and fresh crisp looking leaves.
To store cauliflower, try wrapping it in cling wrap or pop it into a freezer plastic bag and store it in the crisper bin of your refrigerator. Like with most fresh foods, the quality of cauliflower will deteriorate with time. So the earlier you use the cauliflower the better.
Steaming is the best way to cook cauliflower. Steaming cauliflower is the best way to preserve all the phytochemicals and other nutrients that can easily be lost through boiling. Microwaving is also another good option.
Cauliflower puree makes good baby food. It has a very mild taste and blends easily with most fruits and vegetables. I like using pureed cauliflower as a hidden vegetable in meat dishes. This way the kids can also have just pasta and mince sauce sometimes.
Bring the cup of water to the boil in the steamer pot and place the cauliflower florets into the steamer basket. Cover with lid and steam the florets until tender ( about 10 minutes, I use mark 5 on my stove) Reserve the cooking liquid.
When the floret's are cooked, puree to a smooth consistency. For the older babies just crush the cauliflower with the back of a fork. Use the reserved cooking liquid to make the puree lighter if you think its too thick for your baby.
Wash, peel and chop apple into thin slices. Combine the apple and cauliflower and steam or boil in as little water as possible until soft. Puree to a smooth consistency. Add a bit of breast milk or cooled boiled water if desired.
Wash and cut the cauliflower into small florets. Steam the cauliflower and the apple slices until soft and set aside. Melt the butter in heavy base non - stick saucepan and add in the onion and the garlic stirring constantly for a minute or until the onion is soft and fragrant. Add in the flour, cook and stir constantly for about a minute. Carefully whisk in the milk and then stir constanly until the sauce thickens. Add in the apple, cauliflower and the cheese, whisking carefully to break the cauliflower into even smaller pieces for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Mash the cauliflower and apple pieces with the back of fork.