Broccoli and pear puree – Dr Sarah Schenker

Take 1 head of broccoli…

It’s good to introduce a vegetable with a strong flavour such as broccoli early on to challenge your baby’s taste buds and let him experience something different to the mild sweet flavours he has enjoyed so far. To lessen the impact a little, try blending with a little pureed apple or pear.

Broccoli is a powerhouse of nutrients providing high amounts of vitamin C and folate  as well as vitamins A, K, calcium, fibre, beta-carotene and other antioxidants.

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Adjust Servings
1 Broccoli spear
1 Cube Pear puree
1 Tsp Crème fraiche




Cut the florets of broccoli from the stalk steam or boil for 8-10 minutes until tender.
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While the broccoli is steaming, remove a cube of pureed pear from the freezer and place in a bowl to defrost. When the broccoli is cooked, add three florets to the pear puree and blend using a handheld blender. Don’t worry if the pear isn’t entirely defrosted, the heat of the broccoli will melt it. Add a tsp of crème fraiche and swirl through the puree.
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It’s good for your baby to watch you eating the same thing as she is, but if you don’t fancy tucking into a bowl of plain broccoli try this really simple gratin. The addition of the wholegrain bread and cheese creates a balanced meal providing carbohydrate and protein, while the pine nuts provide healthy fats and vitamin E (you can buy these ready toasted).
Disclaimer: The views and advice given in this article are those of the guest writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Weaning World or any other organisations represented on this platform

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