Lima beans often get a bad rap, but they are buttery tasting and delicious, especially when blended with silky Yukon Gold potatoes and delicate leeks. Lima Beans are also nutritional powerhouses and are a great staple food to have in your family's diet. They are packed with heart healthy nutrients, cholesterol lowering fiber, and cancer fighting antioxidants. Lima Beans are also a good source of protein, making them a great food choice for vegetarians.
This recipe is not just for babies, it also makes a healthy side dish for the rest of your family!
This recipe is suitable for babies 7-9 months and up, toddlers, big kids and adults. Always make sure the consistency of your baby's food is one he can handle. Before combining foods, be sure your baby has tried each one individually first.
What you'll need:
1 large or 2 small/medium Yukon Gold potatoes - washed, peeled and chopped
1 large leek - remove and discard rough dark green top and root. Chop and wash thoroughly in a strainer to remove all dirt and sand.
1 cup of frozen lima beans - I like using organic frozen lima beans, because they take much less time to prepare than dry beans.
*Pour purified water into a pot until it is about 2 inches deep and bring to a boil over high heat.
*Put potatoes, leek and lima beans into a steamer basket and place into the pot. Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the steamer basket. Cover with a tight fitting lid.
*Steam for about 12 minutes until the potatoes are cooked all the way through.
*Place potatoes, leek and lima beans into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add a few tablespoons of the cooking water, breast milk or formula to achieve a creamier consistency if desired. If you are preparing this dish for a baby over 12 months, you can thin the puree with whole milk as well.
*Serve or store.
*Leek & Lima Whipped Potatoes will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer.