Buckwheat pear and zucchini baby puree

Buckwheat is fun for more than one reason. The names tricks you as you can think it is a cereal or a grain, but it is none of that. It’s a fruit seed (like quinoa) and more nutritious of a regular seed. Being gluten free it is far less likely to provoke allergies and this makes it a perfect superfood for babies starting from 6/7 months.

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From a nutritional point of view buckwheat is high in fiber and contains Iron, Niacin, Folate and even Vitamin K (not bad!!) Because of its protein content it is lower on the glycaemic scale compared to rice, corn or wheat. Buckwheat is high in important proteins and amino acids. From a cooking point of view buckwheat flour cooks very quickly and it can be used as any other baby cereal to prepare baby food in few minutes 🙂 It also has a very interesting nutty earthy taste that goes well with a lot of recipes.

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Being a great choice for homemade baby food I would like to share this simple recipe with you: buckwheat flour with zucchini, pears and ricotta cheese. A tasty and balanced meal for your little ones.

This is all you will need:

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And that’s how to proceed:

– Cut the zucchini and the pear in small pieces

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– Steam the zucchini and the pear for 6 minutes

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– In a medium sauce pan add 1/2 cup of the residual water from the steamer (it contains good nutrients that have been released from the zucchini and the pear!!!) and 1 Tbsp of buckwheat flour. If you want to prepare your homemade buckwheat flour (super easy and cheaper than buying it!) click this link.

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– turn the heat on at low and stir the mix. In 3/5 minutes you will obtain a nice cream. Turn the heat off.

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– Add the steamed zucchini and pear and the ricotta. Using an immersion blender create a nice and smooth puree. Add 1 tsp of Extra Virgin Oil of Olive and mix. Your baby puree’ is ready to be enjoyed!!

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  • Reply
    June 30, 2015 at 2:49 am

    I love all your recipes, I am mother of 3 and had twins 7 years ago. I had a lot of stress and 50% of the time, I bought my kids baby food and 50% prepared it by boiling veggies and meat in a big pot. I wish I would have seen you tube back then. I have followed three of you recipes and viewed more I plan to follow. I have a 6 month old now and love the simplicity and tastiness of your recipes!! I love the chicken apples and rice recipe and the semolina carrot fennel soup. I have invested in an immersion blender and use my steamer like never before. Love your tips and I hope you put more recipes for babies and adults. Thanks, mom of 3:)

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      Barbara Lamperti
      July 11, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      Hi Sharon! Thank you so much for your comment and for watching BuonaPappa!! Wow, with twins you must have been very very busy. You have all my admiration. I only have two and I have to admit that Alex (the younger) is luckier when it comes to food as I practiced a lot with Luca (my older) and now it comes very natural to me to prepare healthy and balanced kid friendly meals for him. Cooking is a never ending learning process, there is always something new to discover 😉 Ciao!!! b

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    December 29, 2016 at 11:50 am

    At what age you can serve this puree for the baby? My son is approaching 6 months and I was thinking of trying this puree. Thank you.

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      Barbara Lamperti
      December 29, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Hi! this puree is a lovely first food idea. You can serve it starting from 6 months. It is naturally gluten free, a bit easier to digest compared to other gluten options. Another idea for a first food is a simple and delicious homemade apple sauce, that’s what I offered to both my kids at the very beginning. Let me know if you have any question!!! ciao! b

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    March 8, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Hi, I have tried this recipe with my son (coming to 7months in next few days) this Monday 6/3/17, today is the 3rd day he is having this puree. Love love love this recipe and he loves it.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely recipes. Will continue to try other recipes with him.

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      Barbara Lamperti
      March 9, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Hi!! Thank you for sharing, I’m so glad your son likes the recipe 😉 Pears and Zucchini are such a lovely and healthy combination!! ciao, b

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