This is a great recipe for introducing lightly spiced food into your baby's diet.
Serves - About 15 portions for baby, 6 for adults.
Suitable for babies from about 9 months, babies must be able to chew small pieces like beans. This can be mashed or blended for babies who need a smoother texture
- 500g of dried beans (canellini or haricot) or 6 tins of cooked beans
- canellini or haricot or 6 tins of cooked beans
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 2 sticks of celery
- 2 carrots
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 3 tsp herbs de provence
- 2 tbs tomato puree
- 1litre of passata
- 1 litre of baby friendly vegetable stock
To stir in adult portions after baby has been fed
- 1/2 tsp per portion of good quality maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp per portion of soy sauce
Start here if you are using dried beans -
- Place the dried beans in a glass or ceramic bowl and soak them overnight. You need to ensure that you cover the beans completely in 2 inches of water as they will absorb a lot.
- Once the beans have been soaked for at least 12 hours, cook them at a medium simmer in 2 litres of water for about an hour and half or until the beans are tender.
Start here if you are using tinned beans -
- Chop the carrots and celery into pieces that your baby can manage. I like to use a food processor at this stage to save time. Attach the slicer attachment to your food processor, halve carrots and celery sticks and put them through the processor. You should end up with small enough pieces that a 9 month old can manage.
- Heat 1 tbs oil in a large pan on a medium heat and fry the celery, carrots, spices and herbs for 5 mins.
- Turn the heat up to just below the highest and add the tomato puree and passatta, the stock (see this post for baby friendly vegetable stock), the cooked beans and simmer for 45 minutes with the lid on.
- After the 45 minutes of simmering with the lid on turn the heat down to a more gentle simmer and take the lid off, simmer for a further 15 minutes. This should create a thicker sauce to coat the beans.
- The beans are now ready for you baby. You can serve them straight away (after they have cooled down!) or portion them into meal sizes and freeze them.
If you are serving these to adults you can now stir in the maple syrup and soy sauce just before you serve them.