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 combined steamer blender (great price at Baby Factory or even if you borrow one/buy one second hand)

Munch Baby Food trays (available straight from 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!

Dr Julie Book

P.S I am currently working on a new book on starting solids – to help step you through each part of this journey! Keep watch for this!

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!