Garlic consumption is recommended for treatment and prevention of common colds across the globe. Many physicians in Asia believe garlic helps boost the immune system. For centuries, garlic has been used for healthy consumption and medicinal properties. Allicin is the component of garlic that enhances immunity, helping the body fight viral infections. Garlic also has vitamin B6, Manganese, vitamin C, Selenium and fiber. In the Middle East, Italy and many other areas of our world parents often begin their 6-month-olds foods that contain garlic. Make garlic an essential ingredient in your child’s diet.
Baby Food Recipe – Lebanese Style Vegetable Soup with Garlic
½ cup diced carrots
¼ cup of diced squash
3 tsp. diced onion
½ tsp. diced fresh parsley
½ tsp. crushed garlic (allow the garlic to sit for 15 minutes before use)
½ tsp. olive oil
4 cups chicken broth
Add ingredients to a large saucepan. Bring soup to a boil. Turn down heat to low, cover the pot and let simmer for one hour. Ensure the soup does not dry out. Add more water if the soup cooks reduces too quickly.
Allow ingredients to cool for 30 minutes. Place soup in blender or food processor and puree until all ingredients are the consistency of applesauce or thinner. Serve slightly warm.
Freeze the remaining soup in individual containers for future use.
*This recipe may be used for ages 6 months and up. May be enjoyed by toddlers and older children in a non-pureed form with extra garlic added.