Asparagus is a great source of vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, vitamin C and contains a surprising amount of protein for a vegetable. It is also a known diuretic and may give your baby's urine a strong smell. This is normal and due to the amino acid asparagine. Look for firm asparagus stalks that are a deep green color-the deeper the color, the more nutrient dense it will be. Fresh asparagus should be prepared within 2-3 days of purchasing, because it is perishable and loses nutrients relatively quickly. Frozen asparagus can be used when fresh are not available.
This recipe is suitable for babies 7-9 months and up. At this stage, mushy mash consistency is appropriate for most babies. Mushy Mash is thicker and lumpier than a stage 1 puree, but the lumps must be soft so as not to pose a choking hazard. Always make sure the consistency is one your baby can handle. Before combining foods, make sure your baby has tried each one individualy first.
What you'll need:
1 bunch of fresh asparagus - washed with the rough ends trimmed and discarded, chopped
3 barlett, bosc or anjou pears - washed, peeled, cored and chopped
*Pour purified water into a pot until it is about 1 inch deep and bring to a boil over high heat.
*Put asparagus into a steamer basket and place the basket into the pot. Cover with a tight fitting lid and steam for about 7 minutes, until the asparagus are completely tender and cooked through.
*Place the asparagus and pear into a food processor and pulse until desired consistency is achieved. Alternately, place asparagus and pear into a large mixing bowl and blend with an immersion blender to desired consistency.
*Extra Asparagus Pear Puree can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer.