Kale is a super food, which is high in vitamins and minerals essential to your baby’s development. Kale purée is appropriate for babies eight months and up. To avoid nitrates, only use organic kale to feed your baby. Kale is slightly bitter and very high in fiber, so it can be mixed with other ingredients to improve the taste and digestibility. The most convenient and versatile way to add kale to your baby’s diet is by making kale cubes — frozen cubes of puréed kale that an be added to baby’s meals a few times a week.
As a busy momma, you will also appreciate kale’s powerful nutritional punch. One of my favorite ways to eat kale is sautéed in olive oil with garlic, onions, and tomatoes. Whenever I make kale cubes for the kid, I make myself a little bowl of sautéed kale as well.
Organic Kale Cubes
- Organic Kale (washed, rinsed, strained, and chopped)
- 1-2″ of Spring Water (you will use this water in purée)
- Double boiler or cooking pot with basket
Sauteed Kale with Garlic, Onion, and Tomato
- Olive Oil
- Diced Onions, Tomatoes, and Garlic
- Salt, to taste
Simmer water in bottom of double boiler.
Add kale to top or basket. Kale will shrivel, but not as much as spinach.
Cover. Let simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. (You may need to mix for even cooking)
Prepare Momma’s Meal
Sautée onions, tomatoes, and garlic in olive oil until the onions are translucent.
Steal some of the kale that is steaming a few minutes before it is done and add it to the saute pan.
Toss with onions, tomatoes, and garlic and cook until tender. Add salt, if desired
Mix Baby Food
Allow kale to cool completely.
Add kale to food processor.
Add a small amount of the simmered water to food processor.
Purée until smooth, adding water if needed. Check for lumps, chunks, and strings.
Pour into an ice cube tray or individual measuring cups and freeze for 3-4 hours.
Transfer to freezer bag.
Add to sweet potatoes, squash, peas, apples, bananas, plums, etc.
According to Nutritiondata.self.com, Kale “is a good source of protein, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, iron and magnesium, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, copper and manganese.”