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What’s great about feeding babies and young toddlers is that they are more open to various foods than older kids. I like to think of this age as an excellent opportunity to serve veggies without hiding them. My eight-months-old loved this meal.
Warning: This meal is extremely messy, so proceed at your own risk.
Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C, providing a great opportunity to add some iron-rich food. (Vitamin C will help our body to absorb iron.) For that reason, I added mashed chickpeas to the sauce. Chickpeas and Cauliflower also go really well flavor-wise, so it’s a no-brainer.
Check out the step by step tutorial.
For babies, check for “no-salt-added” label on the can beans or check the ingredients. It is best to avoid added salt for babies under one-year-old. I like to use Eden Foods organic no-salt-added can beans.
Curried Chickpea Cauliflower
Baby led weaning recipe. Can be served from 8+ months old.
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 7.5 oz (half of a) can chickpeas rinsed and drained
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 2/3 cup unsweetended coconut yogurt
Cut cauliflower into florets and rinse.
Place cauliflower florets in a steamer basket, set over boiling water, and cover. Steam for 18-20 minutes until cauliflower is very soft.
Meanwhile, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a saucepan. Add curry powder and turmeric and mix with a spatula.
Add chickpeas and cook for a couple of minutes.
Turn off heat. Mash chickpeas using a fork.
Add coconut yogurt to mashed chickpeas and mix well.
Combine steamed cauliflower florets and chickpea mixture. Mix well with a spatula.
Mango Chia Lassi
Mango Lassi for babies with chia seeds for added nutrition. Chia seeds make it thick enough to be scoop-able. Can be served from 6+ months old.
- 1 ripe mango
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut yogurt
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.