Cheryl TallmanBy Cheryl Tallman

This is a family-friendly recipe that includes a puree for babies in Stages Two and Three. **

3-4 medium-sized Zucchini, diced

1 large onion, diced

3 ears fresh sweet corn or 1-1/2 cups of frozen corn or canned corn, rinsed & drained

1 can black beans

2 Tbsp olive oil

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Sprinkle of chili powder, optional

Salt and fresh pepper, to taste

Pour black beans in colander and rinse for 1 minute under cold water. Remove husks from corn and cut kernels off the cobs. In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add onions, corn and zucchini and sauté until zucchini and onion is softened, about 5-6 minutes. Reduce heat to low and gently stir in black beans and continue cooking to heat the black beans about 1-2 minutes. Remove a portion of the mixture from the pan to puree for your baby (see below).  To the remaining mixture (for the rest of the family), add salt and pepper to taste; sprinkle lightly with chili powder and spread cheddar cheese evenly over the top. Cover pan to melt cheese about 1 minute.  Serve immediately and can be frozen into small portions for future meals.

Using the set aside mixture for toddlers/babies: The ingredients in this recipe are diced, so it’s a great finger food for a toddler. It can also be blended to a lumpy (stage 3) or smooth texture (stage 2) depending on the type of the foods your baby is eating.  Simply add water to develop the appropriate texture. Note: the set-aside mixture for Baby does not include cheese, chili powder or salt and pepper.

**Stage 2: mixed food purees (2 or 3 food purees mixed together); Stage 3:  A combo of pureed foods and textured foods such a mashed rice, pastina, meats (ground or shredded, etc...).

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So easy toddler foodAbout the author: Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food and the new book So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at for more delicious tips.