Are you on the fence of introducing your infant with homemade foods? Bet you didn’t know that vegetables like aubergines could take the game to the next level!
This purple-colored vegetable is a powerhouse of nutrition and comes just as tasty. And when cooked well, it could entice your little one’s taste buds with a rich, creamy flavor, oh-so-mild and unique! Not sure when and how to add this food to your baby’s diet? Fret not. Here are some Baby food recipes with aubergines to keep you on top of your feeding goals!
In this article, we talk about introducing aubergines to your baby’s diet and we give you 4 tasty recipes for homemade baby food.
The recipes in this article:
Recipe 1 – Aubergine sauté
Recipe 2 – Baby Ratatouille
Recipe 3 – Baby Curry
Recipe 4 – Aubergine, Sweet potato, and white fish
When Can Your Baby Eat Aubergines aka eggplant?
While most of the parents prefer giving aubergines to their babies in their 8 to 10 months of age, there is no such bible rule! The moment your little one starts weaning, you know you can add this vegetable to his diet.
Ideally, it should be not before 6 months.
SO! Ready to cook? Here are 3 easy-to-try and mouth-watering Baby food recipes with eggplant, exclusively put together for a busy parent like you. Guess what, these aubergine platters will not only fit your baby’s mealtime nutrition but make your little munchkin stick out his tongue for more.
Recipe 1: Aubergine Saute (age 8 months+)
A very easy, fast and basic recipe.
- 1 aubergine
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
Step 1 – Peel the aubergine and dice it into medium cubes.
Step 2 – Take a pan, add olive oil and heat.
Step 3 – Now saute the onions on medium-to-low heat for 5 minutes.
Step 4 – Add spices and seasoning, like fresh basil or fresh pepper. (optional)
Step 5 – If your baby is very young, add all the ingredients to a blender and mix them into a puree.
This solo recipe can be a wholesome supper. Alternatively, you can team it up with wheat noodles or pasta.
Recipe 2: Baby Ratatouille (age 8 months+)
- 1 aubergine
- 1 small-sized zucchini
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 finely chopped onion
- 3 tbsp homemade chicken stock (or vegetable)
- 2/3 tbsp tomato paste
Step 1 – Peel the aubergine and cut it into small cubes.
Step 2 – Peel the zucchini and chop it into cubes.
Step 3 – Rinse the bell pepper and cut it into tiny chunks.
Step 4 – Take a pan, add olive oil and saute all the vegetables.
Step 5 – When tender, add the tomato paste and the stock.
Step 6 – Now, add some seasoning and stir it. (optional)
Step 7 – If your baby is very young, mix it into a smooth puree using a blender or hand mixer.
This recipe also makes a scrumptious supper for your little one, with or without accompaniments.
Recipe 3: Baby curry recipe (age 10-12 months+)
- 1 aubergine
- 1 cup white basmati rice
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/4 cup homemade yogurt
- A couple of cherry tomatoes
- A can of chickpeas
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 1/2 tsp curry powder
Step 1 – Boil the rice with 1 and 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 tsp salt for about 10 minutes, until done.
Step 2 – Peel off the aubergine and cut it into 1/2 inch pieces.
Step 3 – Take a pan, add olive oil and heat.
Step 4 – Add the onions and saute till they’re tender.
Step 5 – Now, add the eggplant, cherry tomatoes, seasoning (optional), and stir.
Step 6 – Add two cups of water now and simmer.
Step 7 – After about 15 minutes, add the rinsed chickpeas and stir again.
Step 8 – Serve this curry with the rice (preferably fork smashed), and your baby will happily indulge in the delicate flavor of this healthy dish. If your baby is very young, mix it into a smooth puree using a blender or hand mixer.
Recipe 4: Aubergine, sweet potato and whitefish (age 6 months+)
You will need:
2 oz (50 gms) of white fish (you can also use salmon
1 sweet potato
Peel off the aubergine and cut it into 1/2 inch pieces. Peel the sweet potato and cut them in cubes. Remove the skin and the bones from the whitefish and chop the fish in pieces. Steam the sweet potato, fish and aubergine for 15-20 minutes.
Mix the ingredients into a puree with the consistency you desire.
Feeding guide for aubergines
No. of tbs per portion
No. of feedings
Please keep in mind that this guide applies to aubergines. If you add other ingredients to your meal, like meats, this guide might not be applicable.
Are these baby food recipes freezable?
You should store your batch of aubergine baby meal 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 employing pouring the mixture into ice cubes or in small food storage containers.
Which kitchen tools to use
In order to prepare these baby food recipes, you will need the following kitchen tools:
Blender or food processor
Food storage containers or an ice cube form
How to Select and Prepare Aubergine?
When it comes to picking an Aubergine from the grocery, only look for smooth, fresh, blemish-free ones that are either in lavender or dark purple shades. Some are extremely bitter which could easily upset your baby’s sensitive stomach. So, stay out of the pale, patchy and wrinkled ones.
The heavier the better!
Planning to stock up these vegetables in your refrigerator? Aubergines have a shelf life of 5 days. But don’t store the open portions. Once peeled or cut, you must dish out the whole vegetable in a single serving!
Not sure how to prepare your perfect baby eggplant dish? The best thing about this vegetable is, you can chop, slice, steam, sautee. bake, roast or even grill it. but you need to make it tender in all forms for your infant’s easy chewing, swallowing and digestion.
Wondering how these Baby food recipes with aubergines are going to help your kid walk that extra mile? An aubergine packs gazillions of phytonutrients, fiber, minerals, folates, Calcium and Vitamins A, C, E, K, and B. In short, this nutrition powerhouse has almost all high-key nutrients your baby would need for its growth and development in the early years of his age.
Here are some stellar health benefits of eggplant for your child…
Regular consumption of eggplant helps reduce triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, responsible for cardiovascular diseases.
Only one cup cooked eggplant offers 10% RDA for manganese and other trace minerals vital for infants.
Plenty of its antioxidants, including anthocyanin, immunize kids from free radical damages and protect them from illnesses.
Lots of fiber available in eggplant can help regulate and lower blood sugar levels.
Finally, the high-fiber content of this vegetable is also great for your baby’s regular bowel movements.
In a nutshell, eggplant is a versatile vegetable that packs almost everything your baby will need to fulfill its daily nutritional requirements. But it’s always a good idea to offer this vegetable without skin to avoid any digestive issue. Also, don’t forget to cook or puree it well. Needless to say, you should taste the food before you give it to your little one. Happy feeding!