ZUCCHINI BABY FOOD (HOW TO COOK AND SERVE)

As soon as they’re ready to start solids, usually around 6 months. It’s important to remember that your baby is unique and that rather than going by the calendar, you need to make sure your baby is DEVELOPMENTALLY ready to start solids.

WHEN CAN BABIES EAT ZUCCHINI?

Fun fact - while it is referred to as a vegetable, zucchini is technically a fruit. It is a great source of vitamin B6, which supports brain development and function, and vitamin C, which helps enhance the absorption of iron. It contains smaller amounts of vitamin A, folate, magnesium, and potassium.

HEALTH BENEFITS

While it is available all year round in most grocery stories, you will find the best zucchini in the summer. Look for shiny skin that is free of bruises, blemishes, and soft spots. The skin should be firm, particularly at the stem. It should also feel heavy for its size.

SELECTING THE BEST ZUCCHINI

Here are the three best cooking methods for babies. It's VERY important that the flesh is cooked until soft enough to be easily smooshed between thumb and forefinger. I  don't recommend roasting as the exterior can get too crispy or even burnt before it softens. You can boil, but I don't recommend it as most of the nutrients will leach into the water. Cut into big spears. Once cooked, you can cut into smaller pieces depending on your baby's age.

TOP COOKING METHODS

Place water in a pot, add steamer basket, and bring to a boil. Add zucchini, cover, reduce heat to medium, and cook for 8-10 minutes. It should be easily pierce-able with a fork.

STEAM

This method is my personal favorite! Add zucchini to a baking pan, toss with oil and seasoning(s) of choice, COVER, and roast at 425°F for 10-15 minutes! Perfectly soft and flavorful!

STEAM ROAST

I don't recommend doing this with spears as they won't get soft enough. Slice into thin rounds and cook in a skillet with oil and seasoning(s) until soft. This is great for 9+ month olds.

SAUTE

Is zucchini safe for babies? As long as it is offered in an appropriate size and texture as I have shown here, it is safe. It is also not a common allergen. Do I have to peel zucchini for baby food? It is not necessary as your baby will be able to gnaw/suck the soft flesh away from the skin. Most likely they will spit out the skin. Can babies eat raw zucchini? Only if it's grated. It is best to hold off on offering larger pieces until your baby has had more practice with chewing.

FAQ

What is the best way to store cooked zucchini? Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Since they're very soft in texture, I don't recommend freezing them. What is the best way to reheat? I suggest reheating very briefly in the microwave. Otherwise, the zucchini will get too mushy. What is the difference between zucchini and yellow squash? Zucchini has dark green skin and is straight in shape while yellow squash is rich yellow and has a wide bottom and narrow top. Yellow squash also has more seeds.

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