This Red Pepper Baby Food Puree recipe is a smooth, creamy and naturally sweet puree that is loaded with folate, vitamin A, B6 and C. Great baby food for 4+ months and up (Stage 1 Baby Food).
Red Pepper Puree
Red bell peppers made into baby food?
Delicious? For sure!
This is one of those easy and delicious purees that I would have never thought to make because it isn’t found on any grocery store shelf. Yet you can make it in less than 20 minutes and it can be served to baby from 4 months of age and up.
And look at that amazing bright red color 😋!
This puree is loaded with folate, vitamin A, B6 and vitamin C and when paired with a little white potato, apple or pear turns into a creamy, smooth and deliciously perfect starter puree for any baby!
Reasons to Love this Red Pepper Baby Puree
- baby food for 4 months and up
- stage 1 baby food
- smooth and creamy texture
- easy to make – 2-ingredients
- healthy – loaded with folate, vitamin A, B6 and C
- great taste
- Red Peppers: are the star of the show! Naturally sweetened with a bit of citrus twist. Just so we are on the same page, we are talking about red bell peppers here, not about the spicy serrano or pimento peppers 😉.
- Potato, Apple or Pear: you will need to add in a small handful of white potato, apple or pear into this puree to give it a little body as peppers by themselves can become pretty liquidy after being cooked. The potato gives a fuller body while apple or pear plays on the red peppers’ sweeter side.
COST PER OUNCE
Red Peppers are typically easy to find in almost any grocery store year-round. The average price for one red pepper is $1.33 for conventional or $1.99 for organic.
If we do some math, this puree ranges in price from $0.23 – $0.32 per ounce.
Red Pepper Puree Costs (on average) – $0.27 per ounce
Benefits of Red Peppers for Baby
- high in carotenoids that help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.
- good quantities of beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin to support healthy eyes.
- high amounts of vitamin A help improve immunity.
- is a good source of vitamin B6 which can improve ones mood.
- Prep: roughly core and chop red peppers and potato, pear or apple.
- Steam: place the red pepper chunks into a steamer basket over boiling water, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until tender.
- Blend: let cool slightly and then transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.
- Eat: serve or freeze for another meal.
HOW TO STORE RED PEPPER PUREE
You can store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
This puree can be frozen for up to 4 months.
- Spoon puree into a freezer storage container (this is my favorite freezer storage container) – do not overfill.
- Place the lid on the storage container or cover with a piece of saran wrap and label with date and recipe name.
- Place the tray into the freezer and let freeze completely – preferably overnight.
- Pop-out the baby food cubes and place in a zip-lock baggie or stasher bag – don’t forget to re-label the baggie or stager bag for future reference.
Need more information on how to store your baby foods – head over to my Best Baby Food Storage Containers – Plus 6 Tips on Freezing and Thawing post!
Label Tip: Don’t forget to label your purees before you place them in the fridge or freezer with the name of the puree and the date you made it. Take it from me, you will completely forget when and what is in your freezer by the end of the week.. because you know.. mommy brain;).
GREAT RED PEPPER Stage 2 PUREES
While Red Pepper Baby Food is great by itself, it’s also super easy to mix and match with other nutrient-dense baby food purees. For a Stage Two puree give these fun flavor combos a try!
More Ways to Serve this Puree
- Mix in some plain whole milk yogurt for a creamy soup-like puree.
- Steam an apple and a handful of spinach along with the red peppers for a yummy combination puree.
- Mix together the puree, brown rice along with some shredded chicken for a tasty finger food meal for baby.
- Mix with some pasta, parsley and grated cheese for a delightful meal.
MORE BABY FOOD
Red Pepper Baby Puree
This Red Pepper Baby Puree recipe is a smooth, creamy and naturally sweet puree that is loaded with folate, vitamin A, B6 and C. Great for 4+ months and older (or stage 1 puree).
Servings: 15 ounces
- 2 red bell peppers deseeded, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup small white potato, pear or apple peeled and roughly chopped
Red Pepper with Potato
Cook: In a medium saucepan, bring 2″ of water to a boil. If using a potato, place it in a steamer basket and steam for 10 minutes. Add in the red peppers and steam for another 5-7 minutes or until tender. Reserve steamer water. Let cool slightly. Purees as directed below.
Red Pepper with Apple or Pear
Yield: 15 ounces
Adding Spices: I left this puree plain without any spices but you could easy add 1/4 clove garlic, a pinch of fresh thyme, cumin or even some parsley.
Storage: Fridge – store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.
NEW TO MAKING PUREES?
THEN CHECK OF MY GUIDE ON WHICH KITCHEN TOOLS YOU ACTUALLY ARE GOING TO NEED TO MAKE THE CREAMIEST AND SMOOTHEST BABY PUREES. HINT, IT’S NOT MANY!