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vegetable stock for baby

Baby Vegetable Stock (Veggie Broth for Babies Recipe)

Summer Yule
Can babies have vegetable broth? Yes, you can use baby vegetable stock as part of baby led weaning. Learn to make vegetable stock for babies.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 25 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 3 ribs celery
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • 8 cups water

Instructions

  • Peel the onions and chop them into eighths. Peel the carrots, quarter them, and chop into thirds. Halve the celery stalks lengthwise and chop them into thirds. 
  • Put the onions, carrots, celery, parsley, and water in a pot, crock pot, or Instant Pot.
  • Stove: Simmer baby vegetable broth for 60-90 minutes on the stovetop over medium-low heat. Keep the pot partially covered, adjusting the temp as needed to keep it simmering.
  • Slow cooker: Cook on high for 4 hours, or use the low setting for 8 hours. You can use a regular crock pot or the slow cooker function on an Instant Pot.
  • Strain: Put a colander over a large bowl. Line the colander with a double layer of cheesecloth. Strain the baby veg broth so it collects in the bowl. The veggies can be discarded (or eat them!) and the broth can be stored in the fridge. 

Notes

This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). Vegetable stock should not be baby’s first food. It is very low in iron and calories, not an energy-dense food that supports healthy growth.
That said, veggie broth has merits in its hydrating abilities. Homemade veggie stock can also be a good way to introduce baby to the flavors of some new veggies. Just remember that it is never to be used as a nutritional replacement for baby formula or breastmilk.
For older members of the family, veggie broth can help boost the fluid volume of meals for very few calories. It's great in soups, stews, casseroles, and sauces. Make vegetable broth your secret ingredient when you want to add some extra flavor to dishes.
 
Nutrition information is for one cup of vegetable broth. Nutrition information listed is an estimate that can vary depending on a variety of factors. The serving size listed is an adult serving; babies should just have a small taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 25kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 0.5g
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