Green beans is nutritionally versatile because it is classified both as an excellent source of protein and also a vegetable. It contains other nutrients like iron and zinc, as well as a being high in fibre, thus a good one for constipated babies. Green beans is suitable for babies from 6 months of age and it is not known to cause any allergic reaction.
You can puree green beans alone to feed your baby as a first food if you want but i made this recipe with chicken to boost the absorption of iron, and also added some carbohydrate to make it a more filling meal for babies. From 10 months up, you can give your baby green beans as a finger food to chew on by just boiling it or stir-frying.
- 8-12 stalks fresh green beans
- 2-5 pieces small diced chicken breast
- ¼ small chopped onion
- 1 clove chopped garlic
- ½ small chopped tomato
- 1 tsp oil
- 1 tbsp couscous or rice
- Water for cooking
- Make couscous in a bowl by pouring boiling water on it, cover and allow to soak well for about 3-5 minutes or boil rice until done. Set aside.
- Place chicken breast in a pot. Add onion, garlic, tomato, oil and 1 cup of water, then cook for about 10-15 minutes till chicken is cooked.
- Cut the tips and ends of the green beans, wash and chop into pieces. add to the chicken and allow to cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and puree with a hand blender with the couscous or rice until smooth.
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