Pumpkin is one of those foods that are more than meet the eye. While I can’t get friendly with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, I do love myself some pumpkin in various forms! Today I am sharing with you recipes for baby foods using pumpkin.
Did you know, although many think of them as vegetables, pumpkins are actually fruits? Regardless, pumpkins are packed with a lot of nutrients we need. They have a lot of Vitamin A and beta-carotene, which is known to reduce the risk of cancer. But that’s not all: pumpkins are great sources of potassium, protein, and iron. They are also low in fat and calories while being high in fiber. And they can be used in sweet and savory recipes, making them a wonder food in my eyes!
5 EASY RECIPES FOR BABY FOODS USING PUMPKIN
My father-in-law grows his own pumpkins and we are lucky to always get a few during Fall time. This year I think it is going to be even better because I can experiment with foods for Benjamin. They’re a wonder-food that provide a ton of key nutrients babies need to grow strong. Iron is one of the most important nutrients, especially if you don’t eat a meat.
1- Soup. I personally love pumpkin soup, especially with home-made croutons. Soups are something you can easily make and store for a few days – you can even freeze small portions for the baby. I don’t have one specific recipe for pumpkin soup because I usually just use whatever I have at home.
2- Pumpkin pieces roasted in the oven. This is one of those things you can make easily and that your baby will love. Simply cut the pumpkin in bite-size pieces, you can drizzle some oil on them if you wish, and roast them in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Let them cool and let your baby have a go at them! It’s bound to get messy, but your baby will love it.
3- Pumpkin pancakes. Yes, you read right: pumpkin pancakes. You’ll need to cook and puree the pumpkin, but then you can use it as a base for a lot of recipes! Let them cool down so your baby doesn’t burn their fingers and don’t forget to cut them in smaller sizes pieces.
4- Purees. Pumpkin goes well with both sweet and savory ingredients, which makes it even more fun.
Some examples include pumpkin and:
- a dash of cinnamon;
- pears (or apples);
- zucchini and potatoes;
- broccoli and carrots;
- shredded chicken and onion;
- apple and oatmeal;
5- Pumpkin tomato risotto. If your baby is a bit older and/or already used to purees or solids, you can make this recipe. Risotto is great because of its gooeyness, which prevents the baby to choke on the rice.
Pumpkin is the epitome of Fall, but it can be so much more than a decoration for Halloween. I’m sure your babies will love these recipes! What other recipes do you know with pumpkin?