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Red Pepper + Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree

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If you’ve been searching for a red pepper baby food recipe, look no further!  This stage 2 Red Pepper + Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree is perfect for your 6 month+ baby.

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What health benefits does this red pepper + sweet potato baby food puree provide?

This puree is loaded with health benefits for your baby!

Red peppers contain a ton of vitamin C and are also high in antioxidants.

Sweet potato is also high in antioxidants and fiber.

Cumin aids in digestion and also boosts immunity.

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How long will homemade baby food last?

Fresh, homemade baby food will last in the refrigerator for 3 days. Once the 3 days have passed, the remaining food should be disposed of for safety reasons.

If you make this or any other baby food recipes in bulk, it can be stored it the freezer for up to 3 months. Click here for more information, tips and tricks on storing homemade baby food.

By the way, these baby food freezer storage trays are PERFECT for freezing baby food. They come with snug fit lids that prevent spills and freezer burns, and they stack so easily.

How do you make Red Pepper + Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree?


  • 1 cup of diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup of diced sweet potato
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • water, formula or breast milk as needed


  • Baby Bullet, food processor or blender
  • pot
  • steamer basket

Step 1: Fill a pot with 1-2 inches of water then place a steamer basket in it. Place the pot on the stove and turn the heat on to medium-high.

Step 2: Wash, peel and dice 1 cup of sweet potato.  Wash, de-seed and dice 1 cup of red bell peppers.

Step 3: Add the sweet potato to the steamer basket and cover the pot with a lid.  Steam for 5 minutes.

Step 4: Add the red pepper to the steamer basket and cook, covered, for an additional 10 minutes, or until the sweet potato is soft.

Step 5: Let the sweet potato and red pepper cool down slightly. Then add them, along with the cumin, to a blender. Blend until smooth, adding just enough liquid to get your blender going.  Slowly add more liquid as needed to reach your desired consistency.

Note: Keep in mind that a blender will give you a smoother puree than a food processor.

If you’re looking for a super smooth puree, you will need a high-powered blender.

Although I am using a high-powered blender to showcase this recipe, I made a lot of baby food for my kids in a food processor. I liked to give my babies lots of different textures because I didn’t want them to get accustomed to super smooth purees all the time.

In fact, this KitchenAid food processor is what I used. I LOVE it because it is very compact (I have a small kitchen) but it’s still powerful.

But, the tool you choose to puree your baby food in is totally up to you! It’s just a matter of personal preference.

Try these other stage 2 baby food recipes!

  • Cinnamon + Raisin Rice Baby Cereal
  • Red Lentil + Carrot Baby Food
  • Okinawan Sweet Potato Baby Food Puree
  • Cauliflower + Peas Baby Food Puree
  • Blueberry + Almond Butter Oatmeal Baby Cereal

You should always consult your pediatrician before giving your baby new foods.

  • Baby Bullet

  • Food Processor

  • blender

  • pot

  • Steamer Basket

  • 1 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup sweet potato diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • water, breast milk or baby formula as needed
  • Fill a pot with 1-2 inches of water then place a steamer basket in it. Place the pot on the stove and turn the heat on to medium-high.

  • Wash, peel and dice 1 cup of sweet potato.  Wash, de-seed and dice 1 cup of red bell peppers.

  • Add the sweet potato to the steamer basket and cover the pot with a lid.  Steam for 5 minutes.

  • Add the red pepper to the steamer basket and cook, covered, for an additional 10 minutes, or until the sweet potato is soft.

  • Let the sweet potato and red pepper cool down slightly. Then add them, along with the cumin, to a blender. Blend until smooth, adding just enough liquid to get your blender going.  Slowly add more liquid as needed to reach your desired consistency.

  • Keep in mind that a blender will give you a smoother puree than a food processor. 
  • If you want a really smooth puree, you will need a good, powerful blender.
  • If your baby is ready for a chunky consistency, you can mash this instead of pureeing it.
  • My baby food recipes don’t yield a lot because babies don’t eat much, and they should be eating a variety of different foods (making too much of one type won’t give them that opportunity).   However, if you want to make this recipe in bulk to freeze for later, simply double it.


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Bell Pepper & Chicken Baby Puree +6M


Peppers are not a so common choice for baby purees (maybe for their distinctive flavor ??) even if from a nutritional point of view they are a wonderful idea 😉

They can be introduced in your baby’s diet starting from 6 months of age.

Of course I’m not talking about hot Peppers (they will literally burn your baby’s mouth and cause a not so fun diaper rash!!) but Bell Peppers, the sweet ones, are such a lovely first food!

From a nutritional point of view Bell Peppers are a good source of folate and vitamins (C, A, B6). They contain antioxidants which contribute to anti-cancer benefits.

As sweet bell peppers are unfortunately in the 2017 dirty dozen list (the list of produce that is loaded with pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides), my suggestion is to buy them organic only.

That being said, which color? Green? Red? Yellow? Orange?

The fun fact is that it’s the same variety, the color is simply a stage of ripeness: that means that if you let a green bell pepper ripe under the sun, soon or later it will get red 🙂

Like any other fruit or vegetable, the ripen they are the sweeter they taste.

So, for a baby puree, my suggestion is to use the sweetest possible, and than means Red or Orange or Yellow Bell Peppers, with red being the sweetest.

What changes with color is not only the taste, but also the nutritional value, again in favor of the red bell pepper vs the green (more folate and beta-carotene).

Today I decided to create a complete nutritious baby meal using bell peppers, pairing them with potatoes and chicken. Potatoes for a creamier result and chicken to add in some proteins 😉

You simply need to chop the potato into small chunks, I used red potatoes that have a super soft skin, so I didn’t peel them. If using yellow potatoes I would peel 🙂 Steam the potatoes for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile core and de-seed the red peppers and chop into chunks too! Cut the chicken in small cubes.

Add both chicken and bell peppers and garlic to steam basket and steam on top of the potatoes for additional 9 minutes.

Let cool slightly and then puree in blender or food processor until smooth and creamy, adding water from steamer if needed.

If you want to use other thinning liquid to get your desired baby food consistency, check out this video too and the post HOW to THIN Baby Food

The baby puree can be stored in the refrigerator in an air tight container for 3 days or freezes for up to 3 months.

You can find the Green Sprouts Baby Food Green Glass Cubes with lid and tray featured in the recipe here

and the green truck silicone baby spoon here.


  • 2 organic bell peppers (red and yellow)
  • 1 small potato
  • 1 cup chicken
  • 1 clove garlic
  1. Chop potato into small chunks [peeling is optional] and steam for 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile core and de-seed the red peppers and chop into small pieces.

  3. Cut the chicken in small cubes.

  4. Add chicken + bell peppers + garlic to the steamer on top of the potatoes and steam for additional 9 min.

  5. Let cool slightly and then puree in food processor (or blender) until smooth and creamy, adding water from steamer if needed.

  6. Serve warm or store 3 days in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer

  7. Enjoy!


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About Barbara Lamperti

In Italian BuonaPappa means “enjoy your baby food”. I thought that if I had issues cooking for my baby for the first time, well, maybe I was not the only mom in this situation. Why not start sharing what I learned with other moms and dads all around the world? That's how was born, THANK YOU for following! I feel honored and humbled daily that you would stop by and view my recipes. Grazie mille!

Bell pepper in baby food

Feature: is rich in vitamin C, it can be introduced into the diet of a child from 1.5 years.

Bulgarian pepper - fruits of annual herbaceous plants of the Solanaceae family. Homeland - America, in the tropical regions of which it is found in the wild. Bred in the southern temperate, subtropical and tropical latitudes of all continents.

B 100 g peppers 29kcal.




A (retinol) - 7 mcg

B1 (thiamine) - 0. 079 mg

B2 (riboflavin) - 0.055 mg

B3 (niacin) - 0.205 mg

B6 - 0.517 mg

B9 (folic acid) - 53 mcg

C - 92.9 mg

Niacin - 1.092 mg

Potassium - 202 mg

Calcium - 12 mg

Magnesium - 16 mg

Sodium - 1 mg

Phosphorus - 29 mg

Iron - 0.46 mg

Manganese - 0.204 mg

Copper - 115 mcg

Zinc - 0.3 mg

Selenium - 0.3 mcg

100 g peppers contains :

  • Proteins - 0.8 g
  • Fats - 0.41 g
  • Carbohydrates - 6.68 g
  • Water - 91.51 g
  • Ash - 0.58 g

Pepper fruits are false hollow berries, multi-seeded, red, orange, yellow or brown, of various shapes and sizes (from 0.25 to 190 g).

Benefits of bell pepper

In terms of vitamin C content, pepper is much superior even to such a vitamin fruit as lemon. nine0007

Vitamins A and C contained in sweet peppers can improve immunity, have a beneficial effect on the growth of hair and nails, improve the condition of the skin, mucous membranes and enhance vision.

The alkaloid capsaicin, which is the source of the characteristic taste, which is part of the pepper, lowers blood pressure, improves the functioning of the stomach, increases appetite and, by thinning the blood, prevents the formation of blood clots.

The high content of iron, calcium, iodine, zinc, magnesium and other trace elements in pepper make it indispensable for anemia, osteoporosis, disruption of the sebaceous and sex glands, as well as early baldness. nine0007

Chlorogenic and P-coumaric acids, contained in large quantities in green peppers, have the ability to bind and remove carcinogens from the body. And lycopene, present mainly in red fruits, is a valuable anti-cancer agent.

Read also: Useful product. Pepper

Contraindications for use

Bulgarian pepper is contraindicated in people with heart rhythm disorders, patients diagnosed with colitis, stomach or duodenal ulcers, patients with hemorrhoids and gastritis. nine0007

It is not recommended to eat pepper for people with increased excitability of the nervous system, with severe forms of coronary disease, with epilepsy, as well as for those who have chronic liver and kidney diseases.

Bell pepper in children's diet

Currently, the question of whether to include pepper in a child’s diet is quite controversial, there are many indications for the use of this product, and there are fewer objections to the use of such a vitamin-friendly vegetable by babies. nine0145 Young children are not recommended to give fresh bell pepper in the form of salads, as it promotes gas formation in the intestines and can lead to stomach disorders. Boiled peppers in soups or mashed potatoes can be introduced into the baby's diet from the age of ten months. Start introducing fresh pepper after 1.5 years.

This vegetable contains a lot of carbohydrates necessary for children, including useful ones such as glucose, fructose and sucrose. They are a universal source of energy for strength and growth, well increase appetite. nine0007

At the same time, it is recommended to purchase pepper for baby food only in season, since there is little benefit in imported vegetables grown in greenhouses, and such pepper can harm your baby rather than replenish his body with vitamins.

Read also: Video tips: how to choose a pepper

Preparation and consistency

Pepper is better for small children (up to 1.5 years old) to give only cooked. It can be stewed or boiled. Later, you can gently introduce fresh pepper into the child's diet. nine0007

Bell pepper dishes for children

Cutlets with cheese and bell pepper - from 3 years


  • Chicken fillet (turkey) - 500 g.
  • Cheese - 150 g.
  • Bulgarian pepper - 200 g.
  • White bread - 100 g.
  • Leek - 150g.
  • Milk - 200 ml. nine0102
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Greens - to taste
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Skip the chicken fillet through a meat grinder.
  2. Soak the bun in milk.
  3. Cheese grate on a coarse grater.
  4. Cut the leeks into half rings.
  5. nine0101 Remove seeds from peppers, cut into small cubes.
  6. Finely chop the greens.
  7. Mix fillet, bread (pre-squeeze it from milk), cheese, onion, pepper, herbs.
  8. Salt.
  9. Form cutlets from minced meat.
  10. Roll them in breadcrumbs.
  11. Fry in vegetable oil, about 10 minutes on each side.

nine0003 Stuffed peppers - from 2 years old


  • Bulgarian pepper - 10 pcs.
  • Chicken mince - 300g
  • Rice - 100 g
  • Carrot - 1 piece (small)
  • onion - 1 pc.
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Pepper


  • Carrot - 1 piece (small)
  • Onion - 1 pc.
  • Tomato - 2 pcs.
  • Tomato juice - 2 tbsp.
  • Vegetable oil - 2 tbsp.
  • Flour - 1 tbsp


  1. Finely chop the onion and tomatoes into slices, grate the carrots on a coarse grater.
  2. Stew in sunflower oil, add tomato sauce, salt and pepper. When everything is ready - brew with flour diluted in half a glass of cold water. nine0102
  3. Boil the rice slightly and put it in a colander, rub the carrots and zucchini on a coarse grater, finely chop the onion, mix everything with minced meat, salt and pepper. Fill the pre-peeled peppers with this mass and put them in a saucepan.
  4. Pour in the gravy and simmer in the oven for about 1 hour. At the end of cooking, you can add spices to taste and stuffed peppers are ready!

Bell pepper soup - from 1 year


  • Bulgarian pepper - 5 pcs.
  • Potatoes - 5 pcs.
  • Vegetable oil - 4 tbsp.
  • Water - 2 liters.
  • Green onion - 1 bunch
  • Greenery
  • Salt


  1. Potatoes and peppers (without seeds) cut into small cubes. nine0102
  2. Bring water to a boil, salt and boil potatoes in it.
  3. Dip the pepper into the pan and boil it for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Add vegetable oil, salt, spices, remove from heat and let it brew for 5-10 minutes.
  5. In each bowl of soup put chopped parsley and 1 tbsp. teaspoon finely chopped green onion.

Bon appetit!

nine0003 Read more recipes in the Baby food section

About when to introduce new foods into the baby's diet, about the beneficial properties of these products and how to diversify the menu of crumbs with new dishes, read in the Encyclopedia of Baby Food

at what age to give and how to cook

useful as a source of essential vitamins and fiber. It is recommended to add it to complementary foods, although nightshade is not an essential product. However, before giving a vegetable to a baby, it must be properly selected and cooked. nine0007

Benefits of peppers

Bright orange, yellow and red fruits contain a record amount of vitamin C, much more than berries and citrus fruits. In the pulp, it is combined with rutin, beta-carotene, B vitamins, K, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium. This complex of active substances contributes to the proper formation of the nervous system, the visual apparatus, improves heart function, maintains the elasticity of the vascular walls, and prevents gum bleeding.

Mineral elements, alkaloids and fatty acids of the vegetable stimulate the secretory functions of the digestive tract, improve appetite, and help the absorption of nutrients. Fresh sweet peppers are very useful for children to strengthen the immune system, maintain physical strength. With regular use, it promotes the synthesis of bone and muscle tissues, prevents the development of inflammatory diseases. Antioxidants, which are rich in fruits, protect the cells of the body from the effects of toxins and dangerous metabolites. nine0007

It must be remembered that due to the presence of vegetable protein and bright pigment, bell pepper is a potential allergen. Juicy fruits can also cause harm in case of kidney diseases and hepatitis.

Bulgarian pepper for children: from what age

Healthy babies are allowed to give vegetables from 10-11 months.

Up to 1.5 years, it can only be eaten after heat treatment: steamed, microwaved or baked. It is desirable to clean the pulp from the skin. If the child does not have enough teeth, grind in mashed potatoes. Sugar and salt should not be added. nine0007

  1. The first portion of the product is about ½ tsp. or less. When the baby tastes a new dish, you can increase the volume to 10-15 g.
  2. Raw peppers should be given by 1.5–2 years of age, when solid food is too tough for the child.
  3. Children 2-3 years old can eat up to 50 g of a vegetable at a time.
  4. At 4-5 years old, the recommended servings are up to 200 g of fresh and boiled fruits.

Canned vegetables are not recommended for children under 7-8 years of age due to their salt and vinegar content. nine0007

How to cook: 2 recipes for children

Children are recommended to add pepper to soups, stews, salads, meat dishes, cereals, stuff with cottage cheese, chicken, cheese and other vegetables. It is an excellent seasoning for mashed potatoes, sauces, pasta. Traditionally, this product is combined with tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini.

For a children's menu, it is useful to choose recipes that do not require a large amount of fat, hot spices, long-term heat treatment. You don't want to fry the peppers. They lose all active substances and taste. nine0007

Stuffed peppers for children

For 2 large fruits you will need: