At around 7 months you can start feeding your baby low-sugar green vegetables like green beans. Nothing more than cooked and puréed beans, this recipe makes about 7 (1/4-cup) servings that freeze fabulously for up to 6 weeks.

Game plan: Kill two birds with one stone and boil some of the beans until fork tender, pull them out of the water with a slotted spoon, and toss them with some salt, pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil for a quick adult-worthy side dish.

To reheat the baby food, let it thaw completely in the refrigerator, then heat in the microwave or on the stovetop. Stir well before serving.

This recipe was featured as part of our Make Your Own Baby Food project.

  • Yield: 1 3/4 cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Active: 20 mins

Ingredients (1)

  • 1 pound green beans, cleaned, ends trimmed, and cut into 1-inch pieces


  1. Fill a medium saucepan with 1 inch of water, add green beans, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until beans are starting to fall apart but are not mushy, about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove beans with a slotted spoon, reserving cooking liquid, and place in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment. With the motor running, add 2 tablespoons of the cooking water and process until the beans are puréed and no large pieces or strings are visible.
  3. Let cool slightly, then divide into 1/4-cup portions, place in airtight containers, and refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze up to 6 weeks until ready to use.