Cauliflower and broccoli in cheese sauce

From 8+ months

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It’s vital that, as well as fruit, vegetables, carbohydrates and protein foods, your baby gets enough fat in her diet. Children under 2 need a more nutrient-rich diet than adults, with more fat and less fibre. Vegetables in cheese sauce or Greek yogurt with fruit are ideal. Try different cheeses, such as Edam, or simply use grated Cheddar to make the sauce. You could also mix in other vegetables.

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Makes 3 portions

Suitable for freezing

You’ll need:
• 100g cauliflower florets
• 50g broccoli florets
• 20g unsalted butter
• 20g flour
• 200ml milk
• a pinch of nutmeg
• 25g each grated Cheddar cheese and Gruyère cheese

Method:
1. Steam the cauliflower and broccoli florets until tender (it takes around 7 minutes). Or place in a pan, cover with boiling water and cook until tender.
2. To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a pan and stir in the flour. Gradually whisk in the milk and nutmeg until you have a smooth white sauce.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until melted.
3. For babies under 9 months, purée the broccoli and cauliflower in a blender with the cheese sauce. Alternatively, once your baby can chew, chop the cauliflower and broccoli into small pieces and mix with the cheese sauce before serving.

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