Cauliflower

Cauliflower for Your Baby

Cauliflower is closely related to broccoli, which is probably why it is hated almost as much. It can be cooked in the exact same way - so if you have a favorite broccoli recipe use it for cauliflower! It can be eaten raw (but probably not by baby) and it is extremely nutritious. There are a couple of varieties of cauliflower. You may have seen broccoflower at the store, and it is fun to try different ones to find the one that you prefer.

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When is baby ready?

8 months old

How to buy

You should look for a cauliflower that is white with no brown spots. The leaves should be fresh and crisp looking. Frozen cauliflower really loses its texture so don't buy it.

Homemade Baby Food Recipe

Simmering or microwaving cauliflower are the easiest ways to prepare it. Remove outer leaves and cut into florets.

  1. Simmering - put it in a saucepan cover with salted water, and cook on high until the thick florets 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 florets are tender.

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

How to store

Cauliflower will keep for 7 days in the bottom of the fridge. It is a good one to buy and then use later when you run out of the more perishable vegetables.

Are there baby food jars?

No

Should I buy organic?

No, they have a tough leaves that protect it from pesticide contamination.

Adult Recipe

Use our Parmesan Broccoli recipe and use it here or try this one:

Warm Cauliflower Salad

1 head cauliflower
extra virgin olive oil
red wine vinegar
salt
Prepare 1 head cauliflower as above. Right after you drain the cooked cauliflower, put the florets in a bowl and season liberally with salt, extra virgin olive oil, and vinegar. Taste to adjust seasonings and serve.

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