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Baby’s Sweet and Spicy Root Vegetables

On the list of vegetables I didn’t used to like, beets and turnips were pretty high up there. And then I discovered roasting.

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Roasting vegetables does something magical. It makes caramely sweetness and little crispy edges. A lot of baby food recipes call for steamed vegetables, which is great, but now that my baby is eating more variety, I thought I’d try new cooking methods for more flavor. So, roasting it is.

Beets are naturally sweet, and turnips are a little bit spicy and peppery. Together, they balance each other out to create a mildly sweet and spicy flavor. Plus, the color is gorgeous.

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Cut up your beets and a turnip into cubes, drizzle with olive oil, and pop into a hot oven for about 40 minutes.

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Toss them in a food processor or blender.

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And purée, adding water or bone broth as needed to thin.


If you want to make a meal out of it, add some cooked lentils to the vegetables before puréeing.


Look at that color. My preschooler wants to eat this because it’s hot pink.


Use within a couple of days or freeze in ice cube trays, transfer to baggies, and use within a month.

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: about 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: about 50 minutes

Baby's Sweet and Spicy Root Vegetables

Earthy sweet beets and peppery turnips team up for a beautiful pair


1 medium sized golden beet*

1 medium sized red beet**

1 medium sized turnip

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


1. Cut up the beets and turnip into small cubes.

2. Spread them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Pop in the oven and roast for 40 minutes or until they're soft with some crispy bits.

3. Purée in a food processor or blender, adding bone broth or water as needed until desired consistency is reached.

*Feel free to sub another red beet for the golden beet. I like combining them because golden beets are a little milder.

**Beets are highly pigmented and will make for interesting diapers. Don't be alarmed.

Use within a couple of days or freeze and use within a month.


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