Green Beans for the Whole Family, Baby Included
With just a few extra steps, your baby can eat the same green beans that you cook for the rest of the family. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that you can add any type of food after your baby is six months old, and that there's no reason why vegetables, like green beans, or meats can't come before cereal.
This recipe calls for frozen green beans, but you can easily substitute the fresh or canned variety, increasing the cooking time for fresh beans and decreasing it for canned beans.
Total Time: 10 minutes | Prep Time: 1 minute | Serves: 6 adult servings or 12 baby servings
- 1 pound green beans, frozen
- Pinch of salt
- In a microwave-safe bowl, add the green beans and about 1/3 cup of water. Cover the bowl and cook the beans on high heat for 4 minutes.
- Stir the green beans and cook them for another 4 minutes. If the rest of your family likes their green beans slightly crunchy, remove a portion for them and cook the baby's portion for a third 4-minute interval.
- Remove the baby's portion of green beans from the microwave. Using a fork or a blender, mash the beans into a pulp-like consistency, adding a few tablespoons of water if necessary to create a puree. If you're unable to mash the beans, cook them for another 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir in a small pinch of salt and test the green beans to ensure that they have cooled off enough to serve to your baby.
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- American Academy of Pediatrics: Starting Solid Foods
- Research Triangle Institute: Summary Data for Green Beans (Vegetable)
- International Center of Excellence in Food Risk Communication: A Nutrition Showdown: Canned Green Beans vs. Fresh Green Beans
- Food.com: How to Cook Frozen Vegetables in the Microwave
- Weston A. Price: Nourishing a Growing Baby
- Still Tasty: Beans, Snap, String or Wax (Green or Yellow) - Fresh, Cooked
Susan Lundman began writing about her love of cooking, ingredient choices, menu planning and healthy eating after working for 20 years on children's issues at a nonprofit organization. She has written about food online professionally for ten years on numerous websites, and has provided family and friends with homemade recipes and stories about culinary adventures. Lundman received her M.A. from Stanford University.