A Fish Dish for Baby
Get seafood into your baby’s diet early; there are few foods with as many nutritional benefits, including brain-boosting DHA, an especially important omega-3 fatty acid for babies. This mild-tasting, creamy purée from Real Baby Food is an excellent place to start on the fish front. As your baby gets older, just mash this meal with a fork. Store this purée in the fridge for only a day before freezing to maintain the best (and least “fishy”) flavor.
1 medium Yukon Gold or russet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
½ pound cod or other white fish fillet
1/3 cup frozen peas
1 Place the potato cubes into a medium saucepan and add water just to cover. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 8 minutes.
2 Place the cod atop the potatoes (it won’t be in the water). Cover and cook for 4 minutes. Add the peas and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Cool slightly.
3 Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fish and vegetables to a blender, reserving the cooking water. Add ¼ cup cooking water and purée until the mixture is smooth, adding more cooking water if necessary. Do not over-blend or the potato may become gummy.
MAKES ABOUT 2 ½ CUPS
Photo by Lauren Volo. Recipe from Real Baby Food by Jenna Helwig. © Copyright 2015 by Jenna Helwig. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.