Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Vegetable Purees

        Last week, I finally decided that my family should have more vegetables in our diet.   In a perfect world, all I would need is to buy more vegetables, either stirfry or steam it and serve as a side dish. Not much sweat. Since we are not living in that perfect world - apart from child #1, my kids will never even smell that veggie side dish. I need to be more creative.  Getting some inspiration from Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious book, I'm now trying to incorporate veggie purees in almost everything I prepare. 

        To test whether this style will work with my busy schedule and of course budget, I started to give it a try. 
        Last Friday, when I went grocery shopping, I included 3 vegetables that are on sale - 2 lbs baby carrots, 1 head of cauliflower and 3 lbs zucchini for a total of less than $8.  Taking off the 1/2 lb carrots and 1 lb of zucchini I steamed and served as a side dish for the steam we had for dinner, I began preparing my veggie purees.

         While waiting for the water to boil, I cut the zucchini into rounds about 1/4 of an inch thick. Then, I threw it in the steaming basket and let it cook for about 9 mins.  As the zucchini are steaming, I prep the carrots by just cutting it in half.  When the zucchini is done, I just tranferred it to a big bowl to cool and start steaming the carrots for about 12-15 mins.  Of course, I don't like to waste any time, so I cut my cauliflower into florets ready to be steamed.  Once the carrots are done, I steamed my cauliflower for about 12-15 mins too.

          Once the veggies cooled a bit, I began to make the purees using a blender.  I added some of the water used during steaming when the machine needs some help. Then I divided it into 1/2 cup portions.  I decided to use Ziplock sandwich bags to keep my purees in because it uses less space in the freezer.

           After less than 2 hours of labor (excluding freezing), I'm able to come up with a huge batch.  Now, it's time for some cooking.



  1. Sneaky, sneaky! Have you started cooking with them yet?

  2. Love this idea...let me know how you will use the purees later...I had really great carrots last weeks from the Green Brook Farmers Market!

  3. I can't wait to see what you cook!


  4. Yes! I've started using them this week. My goal is to try to use them on almost everything my family eats. Watch out for the recipes :)