Broccoli For Your Baby

Broccoli is one of those vegetables that people love to hate. We think this is probably because most people have been fed broccoli when it isn't fresh, and it can taste quite bitter and sulfurous. But, fresh broccoli is a joy - sweet and it has a great consistency. It is good raw or fully cooked and if you can find a way to love it - it is very nutritious.

When baby gets older, you can play a game where your baby thinks that the broccoli stalks are little trees and she is a big dinosaur eating them!.

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When is baby ready?

8 months old

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How To Buy

There are three forms of broccoli to buy. Whole broccoli, fresh broccoli florets in a plastic bag, and frozen broccoli florets. Whole broccoli needs to be chopped up and the stem can be used if you peel it. Freezing broccoli does not significantly alter the nutrient content.

Homemade Baby Food Recipe

Simmering or microwaving broccoli are the easiest ways to prepare it. If you are using whole broccoli, cut off florets, and then peel the stem and chop.

  1. Simmering - put it in a saucepan cover with salted water, and cook on high until the thick part of the stalks can be pierced with a fork (about 8 minutes).
  2. Microwaving - put them in a shallow bowl with 2 tablespoons water. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, shake the container, and microwave at 1 minute intervals until the stalks are tender.

If you are using bagged broccoli or frozen broccoli follow the directions on the package.

Cut up the tenderest pieces for your little one and just place on her tray.

To Store

Put in a loose plastic bag in the vegetable bin and use as soon as possible.

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No. It is on the list of vegetables the USDA found to contain the least amount of pesticides.

Adult Recipe

Since many people don't like broccoli, we will try adding the ingredient that makes most vegetables palatable - cheese! Since cheese sauce takes a while to make and we are avoiding processed cheese, we will use parmesan. Give a little taste to the baby - she may surprise you and love it!

Broccoli and Parmesan

1 pound cooked broccoli
4 ounces grated parmesan
Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter a square baking dish and put broccoli in and cover with Parmesan. Bake until parmesan is melted - about 10 minutes.

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