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Parsnip and Pear Purée

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Since there’s a baby in my house now, I have a reason to make baby food again! I’m excited to share simple baby food recipes with you – I’ll post at least one a week. This one features some lovely pears we got in our co-op box as well as some parsnips. If you’re not familiar with parsnips, they’re a great root vegetable with a sweet, mild flavor. They look like a white carrot (and they taste similar, too: you can substitute carrots if you don’t have parsnips). 

We’ve been doing fruit purées on the advice of our pediatrician, so now I’m starting to add in sweeter veggies to the mix and eventually transition the baby to straight up vegetables. This purée was a big hit – she devoured it.

If you haven’t made baby food before, it’s a piece of cake. You just need a few tools and fresh produce. I love my immersion blender since I can make small batches easily (as opposed to hauling out my food processor). I also like using silicone ice cube molds for freezing – they make perfect cube sized portions that I can easily pair with a complimentary flavor.pear parsnipbowl copy

Yield: about 1 cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Parsnip and Pear Purée

A simple parsnip and pear blend for baby


2 ripe green pears

2 parsnips


1. Bring a large pot with a steamer attachment to a rolling boil.

2. Peel and chop the pears and parsnips, making sure you also remove the seeds from the pears.

3. Add the parsnips to the pot and cover. Steam until tender, about 5 minutes.

4. Add the pears to the parsnips and cover. Steam until tender, about 2 minutes.

5. Purée and store as desired (see notes below).

Refrigerate and use within 2 days or freeze and use within 1 month.

Inspired by Bébé Mange! "mixte de poire et panais"



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