Beans/Legumes – Dried (From 8-10 months)
Beans are a major source carbohydrates, protein and fiber. They are f
illed with important nutrients including iron, calcium, B vitamins and fiber that help nourish your baby’s growing body. They can be mashed or pureed, or an older baby can enjoy them in their whole form. Unless your child has a bean or legume allergy, all beans are safe for babies to eat. Beans can be hard to digest, however, so don’t introduce them too early.
- 1 pound dried beans
Step 1: Purchase the beans at your food shop
Step 2: Follow basic cooking directions on the package – many choose not to soak the beans and the beans cook fine
Step 3: Reserve any left over water to use for thinning out the beans if you wish to puree them
Step 4: Place into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.
Step 5: Add the reserved water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin puree
Step 6: Add veggies such as carrots, squash etc if desired.
Hint: You may also wish to use a homemade chicken or begetable stock to cook the beans in. Ensure that no salt is added to the stock.