We all know, baby foods are at times expensive and as per my experience baby foods can be prepared at home easily and they are always better if compared to the packaged ones. Because you have prepared the baby food under your motherly supervision which means no contamination and moreover you always make sure the quality of the food is best and lastly, there are a lot of variations that you can try at home from seasonal fruits and vegetables; therefore, you can make plenty of healthy baby foods using your innovations and experience.
As a mother, I remember how scared I was when I was supposed to feed my 1 year old baby. I was aware by now it is the time where I have to introduce foods like human eat but question is what? I was freaking out that why don’t they cover all these points in the parenting classes? Because, persuasively, that first year is easy on food-wise; just give them milk and nobody gets hurt. But the doctors also advised that by the end of the first year, milk alone is not enough to meet their nutritional needs, and by this time you have to introduce something extra in their food pallet which is healthy, nutritious and also easy for them to digest.
Here, for the first time I introduced pumpkin in my baby’s diet. Pumpkins are ideally have a sweet taste and are rich in Vitamin A and beta carotene. Beta Carotene is one of the plant carotenoids that when eaten and digested, turns into Vitamin A; also it got other essential nutrients too. Do you know, Pumpkins are fruits and fall under fruit category? Well, pumpkin soup seems to be a perfect solution to this problem. They are not just good for babies and toddlers but are really healthy for adults too; add other veggies (or puree of veggies) and make a wholesome pumpkin soup for your family.
Additionally, pumpkins are also good sources of potassium, protein, and iron. Pumpkin seeds also contain a good amount of protein and iron so eating the seeds does provide some nutritive values. Babies may begin to eat Pumpkins from the age of 6 months. You may feed your baby plain pumpkin in pureed form or mixed with any homemade cereals or yogurts etc. In today’s post I am sharing a nice soup recipe made with wholesome pumpkin and other healthy nutrients –
This serves up to 6-8 servings
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 35-40 minutes
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
- ½ teaspoon salt plus more to taste
- 2 pounds pumpkin or yellow summer squash, halved and chopped
- 2 carrots, thinly sliced
- 1 sweet potato, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
- ½ cup milk
- Freshly ground black pepper, a pinch (avoid for small kids)
- First heat oil and butter in a large, heavy wide pot over medium heat. In this, Cook onion with salt, stirring until it begins to caramelize, for about 8 minutes or so.
- Now add all the vegetables and stock and bring it to boil. Reduce the flame to simmer, and let it cook for 20 minutes with partially covered; until vegetables are tender and cooked properly.
- Now let it sit for 10 minutes to cool down before pureeing it. Make a nice puree in a blender and strain the content in a strainer so that you have nothing that comes into your kid’s mouth.
- Heat this content again for 5 minutes or more. Now turn off the heat and add milk, salt and pepper if needed. Garnish it with heavy cream (optional).
I hope you will like this simple yet healthy pumpkin soup recipe for your toddlers. It’s important to introduce fresh fruits and vegetables so that they can develop taste in their early stages. Kids generally like fruits and vegetable which are sweet in taste like pumpkin, sweet potato, apple, mangoes etc. so, give them everything seasonal to eat. Take care!