First Puree – Butternut Pumpkin

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Both my boys started their solids journey with this puree. Pumpkin is a great first food, I really like butternut pumpkin to start with for it’s natural taste and it is easy on the gastrointestinal tract. You can read about why I don’t recommend baby rice or other infant cereal here.

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This recipe is more about guiding you in how to easily start your baby off on solids – the puree itself is super simple – and also how to boost iron levels but adding some meat in a second easy step!

Ingredients:

1/2 Butternut Pumpkin

1 Chicken drumstick/2 chicken nibbles (for step 2)

Equipment:

The following will honestly help making your own baby food super fast!

Philips Avent Healthy Baby Food Maker (available now from my website)

Silicon Baby Food trays (also available on my website)

Long-sleeved bib (available from Mum 2 Mum).

Directions:

1. Prepare the butternut pumpkin by scooping out the seeds.

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2. Cut the pumpkin and either place into the Avent Blender to steam or you can bake for about 45minutes.

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3. When steamed (takes 20mins in blender) simply flick over and pulse (or add from tray).

This is what I would recommend when trying food for the first time. When you feel bubs is ready – normally after a week or two of this once a day, try the next step of adding some meat like chicken. This will boost iron, fat, Vitamin B12 in particular.

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The easiest why I find to do this is just to add meat from the main family meal – a small amount – to the butternut and whiz up. You could even add a bit of the meat juices as well. You will notice the texture is thicker than before.

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First Bite

My Simple Spiced Chicken Slow Cooker is a great recipe to adapt to bubs at this stage. Plus all my recipes in Healthy Easy Dinners for Busy Mums can also be adapted too – it was one of the reasons I created this cook book which accompanies my new book – The Nourished Baby – your ultimate step-by-step guide to starting solids!

Dr Julie Book

xxx Dr Julie Bhosale

 

3 Responses

  1. […] I would recommend starting with a vegetable such as pumpkin or butternut pumpkin or kumara – both have a lot of natural flavour and are easy on the GI tract. Once babies have adjusted to this, quickly (within 1-4 weeks into the starting solids journey depending on development) adding a form of meat such as chicken, or even the chicken stock into the puree this is to ensure babies are getting a high source of iron, fat and vitamin B12. You can check out my Butternut Pumpkin Puree here. […]

  2. Bridget
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    Hi Julie, when adding chicken for the first time how much are you talking?

    • Julie Bhosale
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      Hi Bridget – You won’t need much – I find about 1/2 a butternut pumpkin to make the puree and 1-2 chicken nibbles/1 drumstick is a good way to start!