We all have our go to ingredients and pantry staples we must have when it comes to cooking. Every weekly visit to the grocery store these items make their way into your shopping cart. I definitely do have my personal favorites that I can’t live without. Some of these items include spinach, bananas, mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, kiwis, eggs, and almond milk just to name a few.
I do however, like to try new things and incorporate produce that I don’t particularly use every week. I used this same method when it came to Emma’s purees. I wanted to make sure my baby was exposed to as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible. I wanted for her to build a palate for fresh fruits and vegetables. Every time I went to the grocery store to buy food to make her purees I looked for something she hadn’t tried yet. Then I would go home and do some research on it’s nutritional value and health benefits and think about what other fruits and vegetables would make a good combination with it.
One of those days I came across turnip and realized she hadn’t had some yet. Turnip was not a vegetable I usually would buy and cook. I went online to search what kind of vitamins and minerals it had and was surprised to see how intensive the list is. It immediately became one of my favorites and was so excited to have Emma try it. The first time she tried it she made her funny faces but she ate it. She didn’t seem as excited for it as she had been for other foods though. In her defense turnips do have a very strong distinctive taste and could be a lot to take in the first time you try them. But at least she ate it and turnips had passed the tasting test.
When it came time to develop a recipe with turnips I wanted to use other foods that complimented the nutrients in it and that would ease the strong taste a bit. I wanted to make it more exciting for Emma. Similar to turnips, blueberries and peaches are a great source of fiber and potassium. In addition, both blueberries and peaches are rich in many vitamins and minerals. Peaches at this point were Emma’s favorite fruit along with pear. Blueberries not so much but I thought the sweetness of the peaches combined with the sweetness from blueberries would overpower the strong flavor turnips have.
Overall, this is a great puree for any baby. It has a nice smooth texture making it easy to swallow and digest. It truly has a delicious taste and all the flavors blend in together beautifully. Emma sill to this day loves this puree and eats it no problem even though she is passed the puree phase. I would highly recommend trying this one for your little ones. It is packed with many vitamins and minerals and it is extremely tasty.
Turnip, Peach, Blueberries (6m+)
- 1 turnip
- 2 peaches
- 2 cups blueberries
Steam turnip for 12-15 minutes.
Add peaches and steam for an additional 8-10 minutes.
While turnip and peaches steam, blend blueberries until pureed.
Strain blueberry puree to get rid of skin.
Add strained blueberries to cooked turnip and peaches and blend until desired consistency is reached.
Divide into desired portions.
Serve immediately and freeze additional portions for up to 3 months.
*Use organic ingredients if possible