It is no news that knowing what to feed a baby who has started eating solids is often challenging, more so when the baby's parent is concerned about how healthy and nutritious what the baby consumes is. Sometimes, nutritious and baby-friendly foods need not look fancy and be exotic. A mashed or pureed version of adult foods can also make suitable baby food. Presented here is mashed/pureed beans suitable for babies around 8 months and above.
This baby puree recipe is an adaptation of Chioma Ikejiofor of Mummysyum's 'Ukwa Beans'.
1 cup of black-eyed beans
1 bulb of onion
peeled/de-shelled shrimps (crayfish can be used in place of this )
About a tablespoon of palm oil
Some leaves of spinach (Ugu can be used in place of this)
- Peel the beans (like you would peel beans meant for Akara or Moi moi)
- Put beans in a clean pot, pour in just enough water to cover the beans then place on your heat source to cook.
- Blend spinach, shrimps, and onions and pour into the pot.
- Add palm oil
- Cook until soft.
- For babies who have started eating textured or lumpy foods (about 9 months and above), you can serve at this stage. For babies still taking smooth purees and paps, you would need to mash or blend the food.
pictorial steps are shown below
|shrimps, spinach leaves, and onions ready for blending|
|blended shrimp, spinach, and onions mixture|
|Beans is ready. This is suitable for babies who have started eating textured or lumpy foods.|
|Mashed/pureed version for younger babies|