Brain Enhancing Broccoli Baby Purèe and Steamed Potato Sauce

butterfly Makes: 1 cup

Written By Eydie Desser


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Studies show that participants who smelled a rosemary sprig before taking a test scored higher than those who didn’t!  Rosemary enhances the brain’s ability to perform, so let’s start your baby off with a big brain, along with the amazing benefits of broccoli.  It’s a cruciferous vegetable, which improves skin and hair, is anti-cancer, improves digestion and is a good source of vitamins and minerals. Your baby will love this purée and so will you.


For the Purée:
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 rosemary sprig (3-inches)
For the Steamed Potato side dish:
  • 3-4 Yukon gold or red skinned potatoes, diced into 1” pieces, and steamed, until tender
  • ½ cup, or more, broccoli purée
  • Optional add-ins:  freshly ground black pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, chives, etc.


Make the Purée:
  1. Pour 2 inches or so of water into a 3-quart saucepan.  Add the rosemary sprig to the water, and place the steamer basket inside the pot.. Add the broccoli florets to the steamer basket, and cover.  
  2. Bring the water to a simmer over medium high heat, then turn down to medium low. Cook for about 3-5 minutes or until broccoli is tender. 
  3. Remove the broccoli  from the steamer and place in a high speed blender or food processor.  Discard the rosemary sprig and pour in some of the rosemary infused steaming water to the broccoli.  Process to desired consistency, adding more of the steaming water as needed. Cool before serving.
Make the Steamed Potato side dish for Mom & Dad:

Place diced and steamed potatoes on a plate and pour the broccoli sauce on top.  

Spice it up with black pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, whatever moves you. I actually like it with just a few red pepper flakes.

butterfly Cook's Notes:

The purée can be frozen for up to 3 weeks.  Spoon into ice cube trays and cover.  Defrost and serve cold, or warm it up a bit….whichever your little one prefers!

Turn the purée into a side dish for you while you make the purée.  Just double the amount of ingredients and  reserve 1 cup for the baby and the other for mom and dad, and make this delicious side dish. Link Brain Enhancing Steamed Broccoli & Potato Sauce!

The pureées can be frozen for up to a month.  Place in ice cube trays and cover.

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