Fava Bean Puree

I knew that spring had finally sprung when I started seeing fava beans (or broad beans, as they’re also known) at the farmer’s market. They’ve been a culinary staple all over the world for centuries, but now more and more Americans are cooking with them. They’re packed with iron, fiber and protein, so they make a really well-rounded dish for babies.

The addition of yellow squash makes this puree creamy and light. You can serve it to Baby as is and then spread some on a piece of toast for yourself. Mix in some quinoa, rice, or another grain and you have a complete protein to feed Baby!

Fava Bean Puree

Makes 1 cup

Good for ages 4-6 months (6-9 months if you’re serving with a grain)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped yellow squash
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup shelled fava beans (about 1 cup before they’re shelled)
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

1. Place the yellow squash and garlic in a steamer basket over boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Add the fava beans and cook for 2 more minutes, or until the veggies are fork tender. Once the beans cool, peel off the outer layer of skin.

2. Place all the ingredients in the Baby Bullet and pulse until smooth. If you prefer a thinner puree, add warm water 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

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About Catherine McCord

A native of Louisville, KY, Catherine modeled around the world in her teens, spending every spare second learning about and experiencing local cuisines. Craving more, she saved up her money and enrolled at The Institute for Culinary Education in Manhattan. When her beautiful baby boy Kenya was born, she spent hours on the internet researching feeding tips and fresh, healthy recipe ideas, but came up short. She found herself having conversations with friends who struggled with the same issues and quickly became their go-to girl for baby and child-friendly recipes. Now, Catherine shares her extensive research and experimentation in her own family kitchen on Weelicious.com and with her growing international audience on Facebook and Twitter. With a new recipe or tip debuting daily and how-to cooking videos posted every Friday, Weelicious is a wealth of information for parents, and a visual delight for foodies of any age.

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