Green beans baby food, yet another great food to add to your baby’s menu from 6 months and up. Green beans are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and will make an excellent addition to your baby’s diet.
You can cook your green beans in a lot of different ways; they can be stir-fried, steamed or boiled in as little water as possible or incorporated into your baby’s favorite casserole recipe. As with all foods, I recommend the 4 – day waiting for the rule when you introduce green beans baby food to your baby.
The Nutritious Green Beans Baby Food
Green beans baby food will provide your baby with good amounts of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and will help protect your baby from catching the common cold and other infections and even speed up your baby’s healing.
And there is more! Green beans are also an excellent source of vitamin K which helps with the blood clotting abilities and vitamin A. They also contain, folic acid, iron, potassium, calcium (calcium is good for the development of healthy bones and teeth) and dietary fiber.
Selecting And Storing Green Beans
I almost always use frozen green beans unless I grow my organic green beans. If you do come across fresh green beans at the grocery store, local fresh vegetable market or farm, and then here are a few tips to help you pick only the freshest and healthiest looking green beans.
Fresh green beans should be firm and should have an unwrinkled nice fresh and crisp looking skin (no bruises) with a lovely green color. Leave the soft bruised ones behind. You can store green beans in the crisper center/bin of your refrigerator.
I recommend cooking and freezing your green beans in good-quality baby foods storage containers as soon as possible after purchasing them. The nutritional quality of all fresh vegetables decreases with time.
Easy Green Beans Baby Food Recipes – Basic Green Beans Puree
As many green beans as you wish to prepare.
Top and tail the green beans and wash; steam until soft, mix to a smooth puree. Serve.
Green beans and Asparagus puree (7 months+)
- 4 fresh asparagus spears cut into 1 cm pieces
- 50g frozen green beans, thawed and diced
- A knob of butter
Steam the green beans and asparagus for 6 minutes or until soft. Puree the vegetables and add the butter and swirl to coat. Serve with pureed cook chicken or beef.
Green beans and Chicken pasta bake (12 months +)
- 70g frozen green beans, thawed and diced
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 120g chicken breast, cut into small pieces (about 1/4 inch pieces)
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 Tablespoon diced brown onion
- 50g small pasta shapes, uncooked
- 1 small carrot, peeled and diced
- 1 Tablespoon mild curry powder
- 20g cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 Tablespoon flour (I used organic flour)
- 3 Tablespoons mashed potatoes
- 1 1/4 cups homemade chicken stock or water
- Boil the pasta according to the instructions provided on the packet. Drain and set aside.
- Heat in pan; Saute onions until soft and fragrant. Follow with the garlic and curry powder, stirring for about 1 minute; Add the chicken, carrots, and the diced green beans, cook for 5 minutes then add flour and combined carefully and then add chicken stock and cook uncovered on medium for 5 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked through.
- Combine the pasta with the green beans and chicken sauce; spoon mixture into 3 ramekin dishes. Cover each dish with a tablespoon of mashed potatoes and sprinkle with cheese.
- Bake at 180 degrees Celcius for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool slightly before serving.
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