Healthy Vegetarian Baby Food Diet Recipes
What can be healthier than vegetarian recipes? Vegetarian baby food recipes! Vegetarians have caught on to the rising popularity of the baby food diet. Vegans are the people who will find it easy to adjust to the diet. Their usual meatless foods are similar to the ingredients recommended. So, why not combine the two healthy eating principles for a fool-proof diet?
Adopting vegetarianism with the baby food diet will also include the challenges that come with eating meatless meals. Vegetarians often suffer from Vitamin B12, zinc, riboflavin, calcium, and iron deficiencies. Although some plant-sourced foods contain some of the essential minerals, these nutrients are primarily found in meat. You can take supplements to compensate for nutrient deficiency.
Here are some healthy vegetarian baby food recipes that will give you the most nutrients needed by your body;
Carrot and Lentil Puree
You will need a cup of peeled and diced carrots and a cup of dry, rinsed lentils, a small onion, chopped, one tablespoon of olive oil and four cups of water.
In a deep saucepan, heat the oil then saute the onion until soft. Add the lentils and the carrots. Splash in the water and return to a boil. Cover and let simmer over low fire. This will need at least an hour or until the lentils are soft. Let cool and puree.
This recipe is rich in vitamins A, C, and E, and the lentils are rich in folate, magnesium, calcium, and iron.
Pumpkin and Barley Dinner
You’ll need a cup of chopped pumpkin, a cup of presoaked and drained barley, one and a half tablespoons of olive oil, a small onion, a crushed garlic clove, three cups of vegetable stock, a pinch of thyme and three to four sage leaves.
Heat the oil in a deep pan, and then add in the onion and pumpkin. Cook, stirring occasionally for a few minutes. Add in the garlic, sage, and thyme and continue cooking until everything is golden brown. Pour in the stock and the barley. Let boil then lower the heat. Cover the pan and let simmer for thirty minutes. You have to check on the stock regularly as you may need to add more liquid. The barley will absorb most of the liquid.
This recipe doesn’t need to be pureed. You can eat it as soon as cooked or you can cool it and freeze for future meals. Aside from the high Vitamin A and C, pumpkins are also rich in potassium and folate. You also get a lot of fiber from barley.
Black Bean and Rice
You need a cup of uncooked brown rice, four cored and chopped apples, one large mashed avocado, 1/4 cup of black beans, and a cup of unsweetened apple juice.
Wash the brown rice then cook it using the apple juice instead of water. Five minutes before the rice is cooked, add in the apples then let the rice cook completely. Let cool briefly. Add in the avocado and black beans.
You can eat this fruity meal as-is for the chunky texture or you can puree it and store for future meals. This is one of the most nutritious vegetarian baby food recipes. It contains vitamins, proteins, minerals, amino acids, and fiber. Enjoy!