Chickpea Puree For 6 To 9 Months Babies
by Lara Mannell
(USA and Lebanon)
Xaia eating chickpeas
Hummus, chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are said to be the healthiest beans for babies, they are high in fiber, manganese, iron, and protein. I have been cooking a lot with it lately, and I have a few recipes to share. Of course hummus being originally from Lebanon will lead you to think that I’m very good at cooking it, but think again!
The first time I cooked this recipe for Xaia, I forgot to soak the hummus overnight, so I thought I’ll just cook it some extra time… I ended up picking all the pieces every time I thawed the meal. Eventually I threw it out and made it again and it was a success! I made it a few times since, Xaia absolutely loves it, but she likes almost everything I cook for her. Thank God, otherwise I would’ve given up a long time ago.
Every meal that involves chickpeas unfortunately cannot be spontaneous, you have to soak the chickpeas overnight (at least 12 hours) and then you have to cook them in water for anther 45 minutes. I usually buy the dried chickpeas from a Lebanese supermarket, but you may find them in other markets. Here is one of my chickpea recipes, make sure you let me know if your baby likes it.
1 cup of dried Chickpeas soaked overnight (at least 12hrs)
2 cups of Butternut Squash diced
1 Chicken Filet
1/2 cup of rice
1/2 cup of carrots chopped
Drain the chickpeas very well and rinse them
Pick out the black ones and throw them away (you can’t see them when they are dried)
Cover them in water and cook them covered on medium heat for about 45 minutes or until tender
Drain them well
I usually remove the skins (they have to cool down a bit first) to prevent choking hazards, some people leave them.
In a separate pan, place 1/2 cup of rice over 1 cup of water on low heat and cook until water evaporates (about 15min)
Dice the chicken and place it in a separate pan, adding spices to taste
Add the squash and the carrots to the chicken
Cover it with water and cook it on low heat until well cooked (about 15-20 min)
Mix all the ingredients together
Add milk as needed to puree
Older babies may be able to eat it mashed instead of puree, but it’s safer to puree the chickpeas to prevent choking
If you are planning to freeze some of it, do not add milk.Enjoy!
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