Pumpkin is a vegetable loaded with vitamin C, iron and other important nutrients. It is very similar to the vegetables like squash, zucchini and green beans and it can be mixed with many fruits and even meats.
While choosing a pumpkin for your baby look for the one with rich, deep orange color. Wash it thoroughly under cold water and scrub it well with a soft vegetable scrubber to remove the dirt.
Pumpkin Puree Recipe Ingredients
1 medium pumpkin
2 table spoon olive oil
Instructions To Make Pumpkin Puree:
Be sure to sterilize all the utensils needed for making the puree by boiling them in hot water.
Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop the seeds with a spoon and discard. Brush both the half with olive oil and place it on a baking dish with the skin side down. Add little water to keep the pumpkin moist. Bake the pieces at 450 degree F for about 45 minutes or till its tender. Remove the baked pumpkin from the tray and scoop the flesh into a bowl. Let cool, puree and add pinch of spices if using. Serve it to your bub.
How to Make Steamed Pumpkin Puree?
If you are in a hurry, then you can also steam the pumpkin in a pan or pressure cooker. Boil little water in a saucepan and cook diced pumpkin pieces for about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and let cool.
Put the cooked pumpkin in a blender and blend until smooth. You can try mixing boiled water or breast milk for extra creaminess.
When your baby is only 6 months old, feed single vegetable or fruit puree at a time (no combinations), so that he/she gets used to that taste. As baby gets older, you can try different combinations to add variety to your baby’s diet.
Try mixing the puree with other vegetables or fruits which are not very sweet like peaches, pear, zucchini, and broccoli. You can even experiment with a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon powder to give it a fresh taste.
While it is always advisable to feed your baby fresh food, the left over puree can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 days and can be thawed overnight to use it again. You can also make Pumpkin Banana Shake and Pumpkin Bread or Muffins with the puree.
Breastmilk is best for baby. Please consult your pediatrician before introducing new foods into your child’s diet.