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Zucchini Baby Food, BLW and Puree

Learn the easiest way to make flavorful Zucchini Baby Food—with options for baby-led weaning zucchini and also zucchini puree—with one simple method. Plus: Find storage and serving tips.
Course Baby Food
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 158kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons basil leaves (or parsley or spinach, optional)

Instructions

  • Cut the ends off of the zucchini and discard. Slice the zucchini into sticks about the size of your finger.
  • Add the olive oil to a medium skillet over medium heat. When warm, add the zucchini. Toss to coat with the oil. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes, turning once or twice, or until the zucchini is very soft when poked with a fork,
  • Let cool slightly. Serve one piece at a time to your child if doing baby-led weaning.
  • To make a puree: Transfer to a blender. Blend smooth, adding the optional herb or spinach. (That additional makes this a brighter green color.)

Notes

  • Store the puree in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 5 days. Or freeze in an ice cube tray overnight, transfer to a freezer bag, remove as much air as you can and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw 1-2 cubes overnight in the fridge in a container or at room temperature for about an hour.
  • If making a puree, you can slice the zucchini into rounds if that's easier.
  • Add a few basil, spinach, or parsley leaves to enhance the green color.
  • Mix with Bean Puree, Avocado Puree, Pea Puree, or Spinach Puree as desired.
  • Use as a sauce for pasta with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top. I like 8 ounces cooked pasta, 1/4-1/3 cup of the puree, 1 tablespoon each fresh lemon juice and zest, and about 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 524mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 603IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg