Asparagus with Lemon & Dill Baby Food
Asparagus as a baby food is not a typical first food in life but it is an excellent way to teach tiny taste buds to appreciate bitter and savory foods. Read my article on vegetable introduction to learn creative ways to increase the familiarity of asparagus with your child.
This recipe is quick and easy. It can by made while you are making Shaved Asparagus Salad or Springtime Asparagus Chowder for yourself. I love to pair it with lemon and dill to increase the sensory experience. A child’s taste is individual and a lot stronger than an adult’s taste buds. So, go slow. For the first batch, you may want to mix in applesauce or yogurt to cut the bitter taste.
- 4 asparagus stalks, washed and diced
- ¼ cup fresh dill
- lemon juice to taste
- In a small saucepan, bring asparagus to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
- Drain asparagus and reserve liquid.
- Add asparagus, dill, and ¼ cup of cooking liquid to blender.
- Blend until is smooth adding liquid as needed.
- Serve warm and mix in fresh lemon juice to taste.
Sensory Play & Exploration
If you have an older child, include them in the process. Introduce them to asparagus away from the table. Let your child touch, smell, taste, and look at the vegetable. Talk about the experience with them but do not pressure them to taste it.