Pearl millet fish puree

A new baby food recipe using an ingredient very used in Italy for babies: pearl millet (miglio). It’s one of the first ingredients that you can use starting from 6 months because it’s gluten free and it is very easy to digest. Very creamy and nutritious, it’s very rich in B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and is even considered a good protein source.

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Here you are an easy recipe with white fish and vegetables, zucchini and carrots. I’ve chosen a nice tilapia fillet as I found a wild caught one at the market. Tilapia has a delicate flavor, but you can also choose other kind of white fish like sole or halibut.

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I will steam the fish with the vegetables. Steaming is a very good cooking method for our little ones as the boiling water never comes in contact with the food. Heat from the steam is gentle and uniform. It slowly diffuses through the food and let the food cook in its own juice thus minimizing loss of nutrients and retaining its texture and flavor. I seal the fish in an aluminum foil, so that it will cook in its own juice. Also, steaming softens food fibers, making food tender and easily digestible.

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The recipe is very easy and makes a lovely baby food puree that you can also store in the freezer for future meals! Enjoy!!

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  • Reply
    jenny chan
    March 18, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Dear Barbara

    your Pearl millet fish puree is very good and I wish to prepare for my baby.
    but in Singapore is very difficult to find pearl millet and what others things can we reply it or can we use rice to replace it?

    for the zucchini can we replace with Japanese cucumber?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      April 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Hi Jenny!
      if you are looking for a gluten free substitution (pearl millet doesn’t have gluten) you can use quinoa or buckwheat. If you do not mind a gluten substitution you can also use cous cous, hulled wheat, barley or rice. The concept is to add a cereal (carbohydrates) to the recipe. For the zucchini I would not use cucumbers, they have a totally different taste. I would suggest sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin. I hope your little one will enjoy it and let me know if you have any questions! ciao, b

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    March 26, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Hi there!
    Is this suitable for freezing?

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      Barbara Lamperti
      March 27, 2015 at 4:02 am

      Hi Kristine!
      yes, you can freeze this puree for up to 3/4 months. Let me know if your little one likes it! ciao, b

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