This Chioggia Beet + Radish + Chia Seed puree is so easy to make, packed with protein, and requires just three ingredients. Sweet beets and spicy radishes are the perfect pair for a healthy, adventurous, and delicious homemade baby food recipe.

Small glass jar with a spoon resting in front filled with a soft pink baby food puree.

Beet + Radish + Chia Seed Baby Food Puree

This puree is so pretty that I toyed with calling it ‘pretty in pink’ puree, but realizing that places me in the ‘I grew up in the 80’s camp’ made me feel old so I left it alone.

But really, you guys, this puree is so darn pretty! 

Every time I go into my freezer, I see these cute little pink cubes of yumminess and instantly get happy.

Like really really happy!

Like I smile to myself and start twirling around my kitchen like I am a princess or something happy! Thus making Ellie gives me the oh mom, even though no one can see us, I am extremely and constantly embarrassed by you look while Parker just gives me the you have ten seconds to get that pink puree into my mouth before I start screaming in hunger look.

For Ellie’s sake, I prance even more on my way to the microwave to heat some up dinner for Parker.

Because, let’s face that facts that we are here to embarrass our kids and I intend to do a thorough job at it:)

Spread of cut radishes, beets and chia seeds on a white board.

My Whole Foods doesn’t carry Chioggia beets year round, so when I saw them there I had to grab them. Have you had Chioggia beets? Most of the time they are white with pink ribbons on the inside and have a delicate but still sweet taste. I just love their fun color (and that they don’t bleed all over me) and buy and eat them up when they are in season (usually in the summer). If your store doesn’t carry Chioggia beets, this recipe would also work with any colored beets or radishes you can find.

Even though they are gently boiled with radishes, which look almost identical in color, these beets and radishes are truly opposite in taste. While the beets are sweet and mild, the radishes are sharp and spicy. When pureed together, they become the perfect pair, a ying and yang to baby’s palette. I mixed in some chia seeds not only for an extra boost of omega 3’s but to also add just a pinch of earthiness to the puree. If you are feeling gutsy you can feel free to mix in a touch of lemon zest or chives to round out this puree.

Small white saucepan filled with a pink baby food puree.

Other ways to enjoy this puree:

  • Pair with a white fish puree for a soft but tasty dinner for baby.
  • Serve over some ricotta cheese with a drizzle of olive oil for some extra healthy fat and omega-3’s.
  • Serve to baby wearing a tutu and fairy wings.
  • Alongside a serving of broccoli puree and apple puree.
Small glass jar with a spoon resting in front filled with a soft pink baby food puree.

Get the recipe: Beet + Radish + Chia Seed Baby Food Puree

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Sweet beets and spicy radishes are the perfect pair for a healthy, adventurous, and delicious homemade baby food recipe.

Ingredients 

  • 4 medium chioggia beets, or any variety beet you prefer, trimmed
  • 5-6 radishes, trimmed
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Instructions 

  • Place the beets into a medium saucepan and cover with water. Heat on medium heat until you reach a boil and then reduce heat and simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add the radishes into the saucepan with the beets and let cook for an additional 20 minutes, or until beets and radishes are tender enough to prick with a fork.
  • Using a slotted spoon, removed the beets and radishes and place on a stack of papertowels or dishcloth. Let cool slightly. Reserve steamer water.
  • Peel the beets with your hands or small knife. The skin should eaily peel off.
  • Add the beets, radishes and chia seeds to a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes or until smooth, adding water from saucepan, breast milk or formula in 1/4 cup increments until you reach desired consistency.

Notes

Age: 6+ months
Yield: 12 ounces
Storage: Fridge – store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Freezer – can be frozen for up to 4 months (this and this are my favorite freezer storage containers).
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