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Fresh Baby
Raising Healthier Eaters > Columns > Fresh Baby

by Cheryl Tallman,

This is a family-friendly recipe that includes a puree for babies in Stages Two and Three.

3-4 medium-sized Zucchini, diced
1 large onion, diced
3 ears fresh sweet corn or 1-1/2 cups of frozen corn or canned corn, rinsed & drained
1 can black beans
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Sprinkle of chili powder, optional
Salt and fresh pepper, to taste

Pour black beans in colander and rinse for 1 minute under cold water. Remove husks from corn and cut kernels off the cobs. In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, corn and zucchini and sauté until zucchini and onion is softened, about 5-6 minutes. Reduce heat to low and gently stir in black beans and continue cooking to heat the black beans about 1-2 minutes. Remove a portion of the mixture from the pan to puree for your baby (see below). To the remaining mixture (for the rest of the family), add salt and pepper to taste; sprinkle lightly with chili powder and spread cheddar cheese evenly over the top. Cover pan to melt cheese about 1 minute. Serve immediately and can be frozen into small portions for future meals.

Using the set aside mixture for toddlers/babies:
The ingredients in this recipe are diced, so it's a great finger food for a toddler. It can also be blended to a lumpy (stage 3) or smooth texture (stage 2) depending on the type of the foods your baby is eating. Simply add water to develop the appropriate texture. Note: the set-aside mixture for Baby does not include cheese, chili powder or salt and pepper.

**Stage 2: mixed food purees (2 or 3 food purees mixed together); Stage 3: A combo of pureed foods and textured foods such a mashed rice, pastina, meats (ground or shredded, etc...).

So Easy Toddler FoodAbout the author:
Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week and So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at for more delicious tips.

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