Super Beet Purée

an all-purpose spread for sandwiches, crackers - and even chocolate cake
super beet puree
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This recipe comes from one of my favourite books about feeding kids well, French Kids Eat Everything (And Yours Can Too) by Karen Le Billon. It has fantastic anecdotes about this humble mom’s experience of (often humorous) encounters with the French approach to creating happy, healthy eaters and nimbly learning how to integrate this into her family and yours!

A note on beets: I love using this puréed purple root vegetable in many different recipes. Zesty Beet Spread is a wonderful purple savoury spread/dip that we have featured in a previous EcoParent edition. It is an excellent alternative to hummus or nut butter, fabulous on crackers, or used as a filling in sandwiches or wraps.

I also like to add beet purée (or even the spent fibre from using beets in my juicer) to bean burgers or a savoury lentil or bean loaf. Beet purée is also great for a fun chocolate cake—it makes a natural “red velvet” version that is a great way to sneak more veggies into a sweet treat!

Super Beet Purée

For more super-healthy vegetable ideas for little ones, check out Baby's First Green Smoothie Recipe and Marvellous Mashed Cauliflower.


  • 1 medium beet, peeled and diced (1 cup)
  • 2 medium zucchinis, chopped (approximately 3 cups)
  • 1 tbsp butter


  1. Place the beets in a small pot with water to cover and simmer over medium heat until tender. Add zucchini in the last 3-4 minutes and simmer until transparent. Drain and set the cooking water aside.

  2. Blend until velvety smooth, adding enough cooking water to obtain the desired texture.

  3. Top with a dab of butter and serve warm. The purée freezes well.

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