Zucchini is a healthy and easy ingredient that works with a lot of recipes. If you are looking for easy and tasty recipes for homemade baby food, you have come to the right place.
In this article, I talk about introducing zucchini to your baby’s diet and I give you some recipes so you can start cooking right away!
The recipes in this article:
Recipe 1 – Zucchini and carrots
Recipe 2 – Zucchini and rice
Recipe 3 – Cheesy chicken and zucchini
Recipe 4 – Minced beef, sweet potato, and zucchini
Recipe 5 – Chicken, broccoli, zucchini, and sweet potato
When can a baby eat zucchini?
Generally, you can start introducing zucchini to your baby from 6 months of age. Check with your doctor if your baby is ready for solid foods. For example, he or she should be able to sit up straight and should be able to keep their head up.
Zucchini is not considered a common allergen, so it is generally safe to start with when introducing solid foods to your baby.
How to prepare zucchini for baby food?
Zucchini is very easy to prepare, but consider your baby’s age when preparing this food.
Stage 1 (age 4-6 months+) – In this stage, your baby should only be given purees that are very thin and runny without any chunks. Start with a single-ingredient puree before combining multiple ingredients.
Was hand peel the zucchini. Cut the zucchini in pieces and cook or steam it for a few minutes. Using a hand mixer or food blender, mix the zucchini into a very smooth and runny puree.
Stage 2 (age 8 months+) – In this stage, your baby can eat purees that are more chunky. You can now introduce more ingredients and combine zucchini with ingredients like kale or minced beef.
Was hand peel the zucchini. Cut the zucchini into pieces and cook or steam it for a few minutes. Mash the zucchini using a fork, or blend it into a puree. The puree can have chunks.
Stage 3 (age 10 months+) – In this stage, you can start giving your baby finger foods. So wash and peel the zucchini and chop it into pieces.
Cook it for a few minutes and offer it in small pieces to your baby. You can also offer the zucchini in combination with macaroni and shredded chicken. Make sure the pieces are soft and small. Don’t give round, hard pieces with choking risk.
Recipe 1 – Zucchini and carrots (age 6 months+)
After you introduced single-ingredient purees to your baby, this is a good recipe to follow-up with.
- 2 small carrots
- ½ zucchini
Step 1 – Wash and peel the zucchini and carrots.
Step 2 – Chop the zucchini and carrots into pieces.
Step 3 – Bring a saucepan with water to a boil.
Step 4 – Cook the carrots fora bout 10-15 minutes, until they are fork-tender.
Step 5 – Add the zucchini in the last 6 minutes.
Step 6 – Pour off the water.
Step 7 – Using a hand blender or any other blender, mix the ingredients into a smooth puree.
Add some water or formula if your baby is very young and the puree is still too thick.
Recipe 2 – Zucchini and rice (age 6 months+)
- ½ zucchini
- 1 oz of brown rice (30 grams)
Step 1 – Wash and peel the zucchini.
Step 2 – Chop the zucchini into cubes and cook them for about 6-8 minutes.
Step 3 – Cook the rice for about 10 minutes.
Step 4 – Pour off the water and add the ingredients to a blender.
Step 5 – Mix them into a thin and runny puree. Add some water or formula if the puree is too thick.
Recipe 3 – Cheesy Chicken and Zucchini (age 8-10 months+)
Cheese is a great ingredient when it comes to changing things up a little bit and adding more flavor. This recipe is super simple, and one that all babies alike seem to love!
- 2 oz (65 grams) boneless chicken
- 1/3 zucchini
- 1 tablespoon of grated cheese
- A little bit of formula or water (optional)
Step 1 – Cut the chicken and cook it in water for about 10 minutes. Make sure it is well done.
Step 2 – Clean the zucchini and cut off the ends. Chop it into cubes. Cook the zucchini for 5-7 minutes.
Step 3 – Add all the ingredients to a blender. Add a little bit of water or formula if the puree is to thick. Don’t add too much at once to prevent the puree from becoming watery.
Serve this recipe warm or freeze this batch by pouring the puree into small food storage containers.
Tip: the zucchini already provides a lot of moisture so you probably won’t have to add a lot of water or formula.
Recipe 4 – Minced beef, sweet potato and zucchini (age 8-10 months+)
A nice and healthy dinner recipe.
- 2 oz of minced beef (65 grams)
- 1 Small sweet potato
- ½ zucchini
Step 1 – Peel and chop the sweet potato and cook it for 15 minutes in a saucepan.
Step 2 – Wash and chop up the zucchini and add them to the saucepan in the last 5 minutes.
Step 3 – Bring a saucepan with water to a boil and cook the minced beef for about 10 minutes.
Step 4 – Put the minced beef in a blender and puree until powdery.
Step 5 – Pour off the sweet potato and zucchini and add them to the blender. Blend until you reach the desired consistency. You can add some water if needed.
Recipe 5 – Chicken, broccoli, zucchini and sweet potato (age 8-10 months+)
A sweet and soft puree with a beautiful light green color.
- 2 oz of chicken (65 grams)
- 4-5 medium-sized broccoli florets
- 1/2 zucchini
- 1 small sweet potato
Step 1 – Make sure the chicken is skinless, boneless and muscles etcetera are removed.
Step 2 – Chop the chicken in small pieces.
Step 3 – Cook the chicken in a saucepan with water, for about 8-10 minutes. Until the chicken is soft and white and there isn’t a pink spot left.
Step 4 – Peel the sweet potato and cut it in pieces. Cook the sweet potato for about 10 minutes in a saucepan with boiling water.
Step 5 – Cut the end off the zucchini, peel it and chop it into pieces. Add them to the pan with sweet potato for about 5 minutes.
Step 6 – Pour off the water and shortly let the sweet potato and zucchini cool down.
Step 7 – Add all the ingredients to a blender and add a little bit of water or formula.
Step 8 – Blend the ingredients into a smooth puree.
Zucchini contains a lot of healthy vitamins and minerals. The food is high in antioxidants and contributes to healthy digestion.
Zucchini contains fiber, protein, vitamins A, C, and K. It also contains magnesium, potassium, manganese, folate and small amounts of iron, zinc, calcium and vitamin B.
Zucchini contains a lot of vitamin A! For example, 223 grams of zucchini contains 40% of the RDI. Vitamin A is good for your eyes, may lower the risk of cancer, supports a healthy immune system, supports a healthy bone structure and healthy growth. (source)
Feeding guide for zucchini
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Please keep in mind that this guide applies to zucchini. If you add other ingredients to your meal, like meats, this guide might not be applicable.
We recommend that you consult with your baby’s pediatrician on introducing solid foods as generalities may not apply to your infant.
Are these baby food recipes freezable?
You should store your batch of baby meals in a refrigerator using an airtight container for up to a period of 72 hours.
You can freeze this baby food into different portions by pouring the mixture into ice cubes or in small food storage containers.
Which kitchen tools to use
To prepare these baby food recipes, you will need the following kitchen tools:
- Blender or food processor
- Vegetable peeler
- Cutting board
- Food storage containers or an ice cube form