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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Adventures in Homemade Baby Food – Tomato, Cauliflower & Carrot with Basil

Who knew baby food could be so fancy?

Who knew baby food could be so fancy?

I know it’s been a really long time since I have done a baby food post.  No, I haven’t given up on making my own baby food – on the contrary, it’s actually been going wonderfully!  With the exception of Gerber Puffs and Yo-Baby yogurt, I have made all of Andrew’s food thus far.  It has been great!  We made our way through most of the single fruit or vegetable purees, and I decided since Andrew is now almost 11 months old (!) it was time to branch out in flavors, textures, etc.  One great way to incorporate more flavors into his foods is with cheese and herbs.  This was a quick and simple dish to whip up for him, made even easier with my immersion blender.  I have been using this more and more for baby food lately, since I am making smaller batches of food more frequently for the sake for variety and freshness.  Andrew really enjoyed this combination and it made four nice sized portions for him.  It’s a keeper!

He wasnt quite so sure about it after the first bite...

He wasn't quite so sure about it after the first bite...

...but he quickly warmed up to it and was cheering for more!

...but he quickly warmed up to it and was cheering for more!

Tomato, Cauliflower and Carrot with Basil
Ingredients:
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
1 cup chopped cauliflower florets
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped
2-3 fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese

Directions:
Place the carrots in a small saucepan.  Cover with water and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for 10 minutes.  Add the cauliflower and cook, covered, for 7-8 minutes more.  Meanwhile, melt the butter in another pan over medium heat.  Add the tomatoes to the butter and sauté until mushy.  Remove from the heat and stir in the basil and cheese until melted.  Puree the carrots and cauliflower with the tomato sauce and about 3 tablespoons of the cooking liquid.

Source: adapted from Top 100 Baby Purees

  • Jill

    I love it! Who says baby food can’t be gourmet? :)

    I’m also LOVING making my daughter’s food. We’re working our way through fruit and veggie purees. Question for you — are you holding off on meat/protein until he is a year? I keep reading that it is ok after 8 months, but I’m wondering your thoughts.

    CONGRATS on graduation! You are one busy mama!

  • Annie

    Hi Jill! Glad to hear the baby food-making is going well for you too. I think it is so much fun! Personally I was pretty hesitant about adding proteins to Andrew’s diet. At our nine month check-up, our doctor said to continue on purees until he had more teeth for chewing, but we didn’t really discuss meats at all. I finally last week decided to give it a shot and tried a one-pot chicken meal (from this same cookbook). He LOVES it! I’m also happy to have another protein source for him, so we will be forging ahead in the meats now as well. We’ve also started giving him very small bits of cheese which he can chew on pretty well. It’s so fun to have him try new foods!
    :) Annie

  • http://lacucinadilauren.blogspot.com Lauren

    Wow, he’s 11 months old already?! When did that happen?? What a cutie… Definitely saving this recipe for this new baby. I never really ventured outside of the single fruit/veggie combos with Ryan and am excited about being a little more adventurous this time around. Yum!

  • Tiffani Sinn Trulock

    Love your site – plan on trying your mac& cheese fav this week.

    Have you tried any beans for protein?

    Our eight month old vegetarian LOVES refried beans, and kidney beans – he doesn’t have any teeth, I just kind of smash them and take off the outer shell (canned ones are so soft and easy).

    Our three year old daughter still loves plain black beans too – she actually prefers them plain instead of with any seasoning.

  • Annie

    Hi Tiffani,
    No, I haven’t tried beans yet but I definitely should. I make canned beans frequently for Ben and I, but I would prefer to use dried beans for Andrew since the canned are pretty high in sodium. I just never seem to find the time to make the dried beans – but I definitely need to do that. We love beans and eat them all the time!
    :) Annie

  • http://joelens.blogspot.com Joelen

    what a great combo of flavors!

  • http://www.cakebatterandbowl.com Kerstin

    Andrew is adorable! How cool that you make all your own baby food – it looks great!

    Congrats on graduation too!

  • http://roberts828.blogspot.com Lindsay

    Your son is adorable. I have an Andrew too. He is 6 months and I love making food for him. I can’t wait to try this recipe when he gets a little older.

  • http://baseballbakingandbooks.com ingrid

    You’re little guy’s a cutie!
    ~ingrid

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/isaherzog/ Isadora

    Oh! He’s sooo cute!!
    I love your blog! The different recipes you post are great! :)

  • http://pleasegivepeasachance.blogspot.com/ natesgirl

    so cute!! I love making my baby’s food. so easy and tastes so much better

  • Tiffani Sinn Trulock

    I am lazy about the dried beans too. Our grocery store has their brand organic canned beans with 1/3 – 1/4 of the salt of the others! Couldn’t be easier!!!!!!!!

  • Liz W.

    Hey Annie! I follow your blog, but just came across your baby-food making section and love it! I also made my daughter’s baby food (she’s 19mos old now) and loved doing it…will do it again with my next baby. I recently started making homemade yogurt for my family and it has turned out phenomenal! Our little girl loved YoBaby yogurt, and the homemade version tastes exactly the same! I use various homemade berry jams and fresh berries to sweeten it up a little. Perfect. :) You’d love it and so would the little man I’m sure! :)

  • Annie

    Hi Liz,
    I would absolutely love your info on making your own yogurt. My email is available on the “About Annie” page if you would like to send it to me. I would greatly appreciate it!

  • Kristina

    I just started my 8 1/2 month old (6 month old corrected premie) on solids this week. We started with avocado and just tried pears. I wanted to do carrots but I read an blurb in Parenting saying that you should not make your own carrot baby food because of a possibility of nitrates. With your background, does that sound crazy? Thanks in advance!

  • Annie

    You can avoid nitrates if you buy organic, which is what I buy and certainly all I would willingly feed my baby.

  • jacqui

    Hi , my sister recommended your blog since I will be starting my daughter on solids. I am looking to purchase a food processor, can you recommend one?

  • Anonymous

    Please see the “Annie’s equipment” section in the sidebar. Have fun making baby food!

  • Shelly

    Hi Annie, I just made this for our grandson, It’s really good! I’m so glad that my daughter has embraced making baby food herself, and I’m happy to help her out! Just makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

  • annieseats

    How sweet of you! I’m sure she appreciates it. And I’m sure your grandson will some day too :)