PURPLE BROCCOLI AND BEAN PURÉE
SUITABLE FROM 6 MONTHS
2 SMALL SERVINGS / PREPARE 10 MINS / COOK 15 MINS
½ Head of purple broccoli
50 g Cooked cannellini or butter beans
2tsp Extra Virgin olive Oil
1 tbsp Tahini
Sesame seeds (optional)
Wash the broccoli and cut into small pieces.
Pour water to level 3 in the reservoir of your Béaba Babycook ® and cook the broccoli in the steamer until tender. Reserve the liquid from the jar.
Put the cooked broccoli together with the beans in the empty jar of your Béaba Babycook ®. Add half of the reserved liquid and the olive oil and pulse until you have a smooth and silky texture, then add the tahini, avocado flesh and lemon juice and process again. You may need to add a little extra liquid or you can add a bit of breast or formula milk for a creamier version. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if you are using them.
For older babies, you can steam small florets of broccoli and leave them whole. Then process all the other ingredients (except the sesame seeds) in your Béaba Babycook ® until creamy. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle the sesame seeds on top and serve alongside the broccoli as a dip.
For adults, you can add chicken stock to the purée until you reach a lighter consistency and add a few cubes of blue cheese before blending again. Serve with crusty bread.
Broccoli contains very high levels of vitamin C to support the immune system as well as betacarotene, a VITAMIN A precursor, which acts as powerful antioxidant and helps maintain healthy skin. Broccoli is also rich in folic acid and certain phyto-nutrients that research has linked to a lower incidence of some cancers.
Canellini Beans are a great source of vegetarian lean protein. They are widely available, cheap and a healthier alternative to some animal sources of protein such as red meat that is typically high in saturated fat that has been linked by research to heart disease. Plant protein has been found by research to reduce levels of cholesterol as compounds known as sterols bind to cholesterol and prevent it from being absorbed by the body. The carbohydrates in beans and pulses are complex, which are released slowly and help keep out energy levels balanced. COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES are a fabulous source fibre that helps keep our digestive systems in check.
Avocado is high in heart-friendly monounsaturated fats such as those found in olive oil. It is also very high in the antioxidant VITAMIN E. Additionally it contains complete vegetarian protein and good levels of fibre.
Sesame seeds are a good source of CALCIUM and OMEGA-6
Lemon are high in VITAMIN C to help maintain our immune system in good shape.