Brown Rice & Vegetables – from 6 months

Rice makes a good thickening agent to help keep this puree from becoming a soup. Brown rice contains added nutrients that are stripped from the more processed white rice. Onion is fine to offer once solids have been established, just adjust amounts depending on baby’s preference. It is important to include some fat in baby’s diet too. Vegetable oils, avocado and occasionally a small amount of butter add extra kilojoules to help baby to grow. Add a greater variety of vegetables can be used depending on baby’s age.

1 small onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 medium leek, washed and sliced
1tsp vegetable oil
1 medium courgette, washed and sliced
1 medium carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
low salt vegetable stock (optional)
1/4C brown rice, rinsed

Sauté onion in vegetable oil until soft then add the leek and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the rest of the vegetables and just cover with hot water or hot vegetable stock. Bring to the boil then turn down and simmer until the vegetables are tender and the rice is cooked. Keep watch and add more stock or water if need be. Puree, mash or pulse to your desired consistency.

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