There are many reasons for making your own baby food - freshness, economy and of course knowing what ingredients are in it. This is especially important if your baby is at risk of coeliac disease.
If either parent has celiac disease or an intolerance to gluten, the chances are that baby may also have it. Therefore, it is wise to stick to gluten free ingredients when first starting baby on solid food.
I gave some easy, gluten free homemade baby food recipes using fruits on a previous page, now it is time for some vegetables.
Vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes have a naturally sweet taste, so make very good first purees.
Steam or boil the potato and vegetables until tender, 20-30 minutes.
Push the potatoes through a sieve or mash, and blend the other vegetables in a bay food blender. Mix, with a little of the cooking water, to make a good consistency for your baby.
This recipe would make about 3-4 servings, and can be kept in the fridge for up to 48 hours or it can be frozen until required. An ice cube tray can make these easy to store.
Broccoli, although a good source of vitamins, has a strong flavour so it is best used in combination with other vegetables when making your own baby food.
Potato has a mild taste making it very suitable for young babies. Do not use a food processor to puree it though, or it will just end up as a sticky goo!
NOTE: This amount will make about 3-4 servings and can be kept in the fridge, covered, for up to 48 hours or it can be frozen until required.