Eggplant

Eggplant For Your Baby

Eggplant is one of those vegetables that is mysterious to some of us who have never cooked it ourselves. The good news is that it is very easy to cook and enjoy. Baby should be able to handle and like its soft consistency. The preparation is the same for baby's eggplant as for adults so go ahead and make yourself an easy side dish and feed some to baby! There are multiple shapes and colors of eggplant. If you are lucky, buy the small lavender eggplant, because they tend to be less bitter than the deep purple ones.

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When is baby ready?

8 months old

How to buy

Look for really small eggplants because they can be less bitter. They should be firm and contain no spots or blemishes.

Homemade Baby Food Recipe

The easiest and fastest way to cook it is to broil or grill it. Go ahead and use extra virgin olive oil for baby's recipe. He/she is old enough to be introduced to olives. Heat broiler and place rack 4-6 inches away. Slice eggplant in 1/2 inch slices. Place eggplant on rimmed baking sheet and brush with oil. Turn over eggplant and brush with more oil and broil until browned on both sides, and tender.

How to store

Eggplants should be kept in the bottom of the refrigerator, and used as soon as possible. The inside will become more bitter the longer you keep it.

Are there baby food jars?

No.

Should I buy organic?

No, the skin is tough so pesticide contamination is probably not a problem.

Adult Recipe

Broil as above and then add chopped parsley as a garnish.

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