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Cauliflower Puree is a great first food for babies. However, this delicious puree shouldn’t be limited in this way. Stir it through sauces for an extra veggie hit or add a little butter, seasoning and thyme to turn it into a silky and creamy side dish.
Due to its versatility, cauliflower is often used to replace meat, grains and flour. (e.g cauliflower rice, cauliflower nuggets, pizza bases, gnocchi & cauliflower steaks).
Pureeing cauliflower has also become popular to use as a replacement for mashed potatoes or to stir into meals as a veggie boost.
How to Choose a Cauliflower
When buying a cauliflower look for one that
- Is creamy white in colour and blemish-free
- Has firm and densely packed florets
- Feels heavy for its size
- Has fresh green leaves.
How to Make Cauliflower Puree
As the nutrients in cauliflower are water-soluble they can leach into the water during cooking. For this reason, it is best to cook the cauliflower in as little water as possible, doing this also avoids the cauliflower becoming waterlogged.
- Prepare: Remove base and outer leaves, wash and chop into small pieces. The more evenly sized the pieces are, the more evenly they will cook. However, don’t stress out about it too much as overcooking isn’t a problem.
- Cook: Place the chopped cauliflower in a pan with approx 3/4 cup of boiling water. Simmer, covered, for around 10 minutes, or until tender. The smaller you chop your cauliflower the faster it will cook. I chopped approx 0.5-1cm thick.
- Blend: Puree until smooth adding 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid (or baby milk) until desired consistency is reached. You can blend in a food processor, high-speed blender or with an immersion (stick) blender. Alternatively, you can mash for a more rustic, chunky texture.
If making as a family side dish, rather than a baby puree, when blending add butter, salt and lemon juice to taste.
Cauliflower Puree for Babies
Cauliflower puree is excellent mixed with other vegetables, grains and proteins. Try mixing it with
- Broccoli Puree
- Carrot Puree
- Pea Puree
- Sweet Potato Puree
- Pumpkin Puree
- Brown rice
- Pasta and cheese sauce
- Quinoa and cheese sauce
Other Uses for Cauliflower Puree
- Side Dish: Blend with butter, salt and seasoning for a tasty side dish. It works with most dishes you would serve with mashed potatoes, such as; chicken, steak, lamb, fish or scallops.
- Veggie Boost: Add to smoothies, sauces or baked goods as a great way to get more vegetables into your family’s diet. Remember it is always good to celebrate the vegetable rather than trying to hide it or sneak it in, let your child see how versatile vegetables can be!
- Refrigerate: Allow to cool, place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two days.
- Freeze: Allow to cool, spoon the puree into ice-cube trays and freeze until solid. Once they’re fully frozen, quickly pop them all out and place the frozen cubes into a freezer bag or container and return to the freezer. Thaw overnight in your refrigerator.
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Cauliflower Puree is a great first food for babies. However, this delicious puree shouldn’t be limited in this way. Stir it through sauces for an extra veggie hit or add a little butter and lemon to turn it into a silky and creamy side dish.
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Food Processor, Blender or Immersion (stick) blender
- ▢ 1 Medium Cauliflower
- ▢ 180ml (3/4 cup) Water
Extra ingredients if making as a side dish
- ▢ 42g (3 tbsp) Butter
- ▢ 1 tsp Salt (or to taste)
- ▢ 1 tsp Fresh Thyme (optional)
- ▢ Cracked Black Pepper (to taste)
Remove the base and outer leaves from the cauliflower and wash. Chop into small 0.5 - 1 cm (0.2-0.3 inch) pieces. Don't worry about keeping florets intact
In a large pot, bring 3/4 cup (180ml) of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower; bring back to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low and steam for 10-15 minutes, or until the cauliflower is very tender.
Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cauliflower to a food processor. Blend until smooth adding some of the cooking liquid if needed (alternatively add baby milk).
If making as a side dish
Add the butter and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper, adjusting seasoning to suit taste. Add the thyme and process until just combined.
CAULIFLOWER COOKING TIME: The smaller you chop your cauliflower the faster it will cook. Make sure cauliflower is very tender before blending. Keep checking on the cauliflower every few minutes to prevent scorching.
BABY: If making for a baby do not add the extra ingredients (butter and salt) used for making the side dish. You may wish to add a little thyme for flavour.
SIDE DISH: You may wish to cook the cauliflower in chicken stock, instead of water, for extra flavour.
REFRIGERATE: Allow to cool, place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two days.
FREEZE: Allow to cool, spoon the puree into ice-cube trays and freeze until solid. Once they’re fully frozen, quickly pop them all out and place the frozen cubes into a freezer bag or container and return to the freezer. Thaw overnight in your refrigerator.
Nutritional Information is a ROUGH guide only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator. Facts are based on the baby version and do not include the addition of butter and seasoning.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 18 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Vitamin C 35mg42%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course:Puree, Side Dish
Keyword:Baby Puree, cauliflower puree
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How to Cook Cauliflower for Babies (with recipes)
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Cauliflower is a wonderful first food for babies! Here's how to cook and serve it to your baby along with easy and nutritious recipes for 6 months and up.Jump to:
- When can babies eat cauliflower?
- Health benefits
- Cooking Methods
- Cauliflower Rice
- Cauliflower Puree Combinations
- How to cut for baby led weaning
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Baby-Friendly Cauliflower Recipes to try
- How to Cook Cauliflower for Babies
When can babies eat cauliflower?
This nutritious, super versatile vegetable can be offered to babies as soon as they’re ready to start solids, usually around 6 months. It’s important to remember that your baby is unique and that rather than going by the calendar, you need to make sure your baby is DEVELOPMENTALLY ready to start solids.
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Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that belongs to the Brassicaceae family, along with broccoli, kale, and cabbage.
It contains many nutrients, like iron, calcium, zinc, and B vitamins, but it is particularly high in fiber, vitamin C and K. Vitamin C helps enhance the absorption of plant-based iron considerably!
While the most common variety is white, it comes in several other colors - Green purple, and orange.
They contain similar vitamin and mineral content and are are all wonderful to introduce to your baby. They have a similar mild flavor. Where they differ is their antioxidant profile.
The orange-fleshed ones are rich in carotenoids whereas the purple varieties are rich in anthocyanins. The green cauliflower, also known as broccoflower or romanesco, contains chlorophyll.
Here are the two best cooking methods for babies. It's VERY important that the vegetable is cooked until soft enough to be easily pierced with a fork.
I personally don't recommend roasting for this age as the exterior of the vegetable can get too crispy or even burnt before it softens. You can boil, but I don't recommend it as most of the nutrients will leach into the water.
In regards to size, cut into large florets. If they are especially large, you can slice in half vertically. Once cooked, you can cut into smaller pieces depending on your baby's age. This way you can serve both big and small pieces as suggested below.
Place water in a pot, add steamer basket, and bring to a boil. Add broccoli, cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook for 8-10 minutes. It should be easily pierce-able with a fork.
Steam Roasted Cauliflower
This method is my personal favorite! If you are new to this cooking method, you will be amazed by how easy it is and how flavorful your cauliflower (or any vegetable) turns out!
How it works: The hot oven and moisture from the veggies create steam (once covered) making them soft, but because they’re roasted, the flavors become more concentrated.
- Simply add cauliflower to a baking pan, toss with oil and seasoning(s) of choice.
- COVER, and roast at 425°F for 15-20 minutes! Perfectly soft and flavorful!
Learn more about steam roasting as well as cooking times for ALL other vegetables
- Cut the cauliflower into 1 to 2-inch florets. Add to a food processor/blender. Work in batches if making a lot so that you don't end up over-processing.
- Pulse until small pieces form. Stop periodically and scrape the sides.
- Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Add butter or oil. Saute the rice for about a minute or so, add a splash of water. Cover, and cook for 5-8 minutes, until cauliflower is tender.
Due to its neutral flavor, cauliflower rice can be enjoyed in so many ways! You can serve the "rice" as is or fold into foods like:
- Homemade baby oatmeal
- Baked Quinoa - a great alternative to oatmeal
- Overnight oats/quinoa
- Vegetable omelette
Cauliflower Puree Combinations
If you desire a completely smooth texture, add the cooked cauliflower (using any of the methods above) to a food processor or blender along with breastmilk/formula, water, or broth. Blend until desired consistency is reached.
Here are some other foods to combine with:
- Butternut Squash
- Sweet Potato
How to cut for baby led weaning
For 6-8 months old:
Bigger is better and safer at this age so they can easily grab the food with their palm and bring to mouth.
If you are feeling nervous, you can absolutely start with puree or soft-cooked cauliflower rice. Always do what feels right to you!
9+ months old:
As your baby develops their pincer grasp and is able to pick up small pieces of food using their thumb and finger, you can cut into small, bite-sized pieces. I still suggest continuing to offer larger pieces so they can practice taking bites.
This is a good time to introduce utensils. Your baby will most likely just play around or toss it. But it's still great for exposure! Continue role modeling too.
12+ Months old:
Depending on your child's chewing skills and your comfort level, you can start to offer slightly firmer, but still soft-textured foods. Try shortening the cooking time by several minutes and see how your baby does.
Continue offering utensils and your child will likely surprise you one day!
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I select the best cauliflower at the store?
Choose one that has no brown spots, is firm and heavy for its size with densely packed florets. You can use colored cauliflower as well. Just make sure it's uniformly colored.
When you get home, take it out of its usual cellophane to prevent molding. Transfer to a bag with paper towel to absorb any excess moisture.
How should I season cauliflower for babies?
The beauty of cauliflower is that, just like tofu, it soaks up seasoning like no other! Curry powder, cumin, garlic, turmeric, ginger. ..have fun exploring the exquisite world of herbs and spices with your baby!
Does cauliflower make baby gassy?
Foods that are rich in fiber tend to cause gas, but you shouldn't eliminate them completely!
These foods offer so many beneficial nutrients, necessary for your baby’s growth and development. Not to mention, early introduction to a wide variety of flavors and textures is key in minimizing picky eating down the road.
If your baby is gassy but doesn't seem to be in discomfort, there's no reason to worry. If your baby is extra gassy after eating certain foods, just don't overload them with those foods.
Baby-Friendly Cauliflower Recipes to try
- Creamy roasted cauliflower dip
- Cauliflower cashew alfredo
- Indian spiced roasted cauliflower
- Creamy vegan cauliflower chickpea soup
- Vegetarian sweet potato lasagna
- Vegan African peanut stew
- Cauliflower buns
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How to Cook Cauliflower for Babies
Cauliflower is a wonderful first food for babies! Here's how to cook and serve it to your baby along with easy and nutritious recipes for 6 months and up.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Min | MJ and Hungryman
- ▢ 1 pound cauliflower, chopped into florets
- ▢ 2 tablespoons avocado oil (for steam roast)
- ▢ herbs/seasonings of choice (optional but highly recommended)
Cut cauliflower into large florets.
Add water to a pot and insert the steamer basket. The surface of the water should be under the basket. Pour some out if need be.
Bring the water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover the pot, and reduce the heat to simmer. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until easily pierce-able with a fork.
Preheat oven to 425° Fahrenheit. Cut cauliflower into large florets and place on a baking pan.
Toss the cauliflower with oil and herbs/seasonings of choice. It's ok if they overlap. It will create more steam, resulting in softer texture.
Cover with foil or silicone baking mat.
Place in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes until soft.
Cut the cauliflower into 1 to 2-inch florets. Add to a food processor/blender. Work in batches if making a lot to avoid over-processing.
Pulse until small pieces, about the size of rice, form. Stop periodically and scrape the sides. Heat a pan over medium-high heat.
Add butter or oil. Saute the rice for about a minute or so, add a splash of water. Cover, and cook for 5-8 minutes, until cauliflower is tender.
Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. These won't freeze well. If you have a lot of leftovers and want to invite more variety, add them to the recipes I suggest.
Because the florets are so soft, reheating will only make them mushier. Serve straight from the fridge or allow to come to room temperature.
Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 17mg
Course Side Dish
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the main methods of cooking and preparing for the winter » Suseki
AnyutaN - Feb 14th, 2017
Tags: Freezing Cabbage, Cauliflower Puree
Cauliflower is an incredibly healthy thing. It contains a large number of vitamins and minerals that are indispensable for the body, both an adult and a child. In addition, this vegetable does not contain coarse fiber, so that, starting from 5 to 6 months, you can gradually treat the baby with cauliflower. In any form? Of course, in the frayed. Today we will talk about how to prepare cauliflower puree and prepare it for the winter.
Ingredients: oil, salt, cauliflower
Time to book: Summer, Autumn
- 1 Selection and preparation of cauliflower
- 2 Boiling methods for mashed cauliflower1 Classic recipe 902 902 902 cabbage
- 4 Variety of mashed potatoes
- 5 Cauliflower puree for babies
- 6 Winter mashed potatoes
Selection and preparation of cauliflower
Mashed cabbage can be made from fresh or frozen cabbage. Preference is undoubtedly given to the first option. This issue is not discussed at all if the dish is prepared for the baby.
Consider the rules for choosing a head of cauliflower:
- the head must be dense and resilient;
- inflorescences should be located as close to each other as possible and have a light beige color;
- green leaf mass must fit snugly around the head;
- Any discoloration or damage is unacceptable.
Initially, the head of cabbage is disassembled into large inflorescences and washed under running water.
If the puree is prepared for babies, then large shoots must be additionally soaked in saline. To do this, dilute 2 tablespoons of sea or table salt in a liter of water. After dissolving the crystals, cabbage is lowered into the liquid for half an hour. This manipulation allows you to get rid of small insects that may have chosen a vegetable.
After soaking, large shoots are rinsed again and disassembled into small inflorescences. It's time to start processing vegetables.
Ways to boil cauliflower for puree
There are several ways to boil cauliflower until soft. Let's analyze each of them in detail:
- On the stove. Processed inflorescences are placed in boiling water and boiled for 15 - 20 minutes on medium heat. It is better to keep the lid tightly closed so that water-soluble vitamins do not evaporate.
- In a slow cooker. Cauliflower can be cooked on the "Extinguishing" mode by adding a small amount of water to the bowl. In this case, the cabbage processing time is 15 minutes. The multicooker lid must be closed. Another option is to use the "Steam" function and boil the vegetable in a special bowl for 20 minutes after the liquid boils.
- In a steamer. If you prefer to use a double boiler, then you also need to cook cauliflower inflorescences in it for 20 minutes.
- In the microwave. The inflorescences are placed in a container suitable for use in microwave ovens and water is added. For 1 kilogram of cauliflower, you need 100 grams of liquid. The top of the cup is loosely covered with a lid or plastic bag. Cook the vegetable at maximum power for 5 minutes. After the specified time, check the readiness of the cabbage. You can do this with a kitchen knife or fork. If the tools do not penetrate well, then continue cooking in the same mode for another 3 minutes.
- In the oven. Cabbage is placed in a small baking sheet and, almost completely, is filled with water. Prepare the inflorescences in the oven for 25 minutes. The heating temperature should be 180 - 200 degrees.
Classic recipe for cauliflower puree
- cabbage – 1 head, total weight about 1 kilogram;
- butter - 50 grams;
- water or cabbage broth - 200 milliliters;
- salt - 1 teaspoon.
Prepared cabbage is thermally processed until soft by any of the above methods. Fold half of the softened pieces into a blender bowl, add 100 milliliters of water and punch everything together until a homogeneous consistency. Then the second parts of the products, salt and oil are added. The procedure is repeated. Ready mashed cauliflower can be peppered with freshly ground pepper to taste.
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Variety of puree
Puree of other vegetables can be added to the cabbage base. It goes well with cauliflower: carrots, onions, broccoli, pumpkin, zucchini, garlic and potatoes. You can also add chicken yolk and sour cream to the puree.
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Cauliflower puree for baby
Peculiarities of preparation of baby puree are as follows:
- the cabbage is thoroughly washed and soaked in saline solution;
- cabbage should be boiled in clean, preferably bottled water for baby food;
- no spices need to be added to the dish;
- the consistency of baby puree should be the same as kefir;
- puree can be diluted with pure water, cabbage broth or breast milk;
- olive oil is used, direct extraction.
Preparing puree for the winter
Vegetable puree from cauliflower is not wrapped under the lid for the winter, since any home preservation is contraindicated for children under 3 years old.
Freezing is the way out. Puree without additives is packaged in small containers or plastic cups, and sent deep into the freezer. Frozen cauliflower puree will keep for about 10 months. The main thing is to observe the temperature regime of the refrigerating chamber at the level of -16 ... -18ºС.
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Cauliflower and broccoli puree is the perfect combination for first complementary foods, they are full of vitamins and nutrients. They are easy to prepare, just a little cooking is enough to give them an amazing taste and color. I'm sure your kid will love it!
It is important to introduce your baby to the combination of broccoli and cauliflower at an early age, so that later he will be more willing to eat these vegetables. You can also add cheese sauce to this puree after the introduction of dairy products into the child's diet. It turns out a great light dinner, which will always help out, because it can be prepared quickly and easily.
Steam or water for 10-15 minutes until done.
Even by mixing only 2 products, you can change the taste and color of baby puree every time. To do this, you just need to mix the products in different proportions. In the picture above, there are roughly equal numbers of cauliflower and broccoli. In the picture below, the broccoli is smaller than the cauliflower, it will taste a little different and the color will be lighter green.