i’ve been trying to think of a way to prepare beetroot for arty, because it makes a change from the more standard root veg, and it’s such very good food.

inspiration came while flicking through wholefood for children by jude blereau. i’ve altered her recipe somewhat, but the basic flavours and ingredients are from that excellent book.
my main change was to add apple for sweetness, because beetroot can sometimes be a little bitter.

beetroot, carrot, apple and ginger


5 baby beetroots, scrubbed and quartered
2 medium carrots, scrubbed and chopped
1 large sweet apple, peeled and grated
1 tsp unsalted butter
1/2 tsp fresh ginger, finely grated


  • preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius
  • place beetroot and carrot in a baking dish with a drizzle of water, cover with aluminium foil and bake until tender (approx 45 mins)
  • remove from oven, and place in blender with butter and grated apple
  • as you blend, add little pinches of fresh ginger to taste. it should give a hint of flavour without becoming overwhelming (remember that your baby’s taste buds are much more sensitive than yours, so err on the side of caution)
this puree is the most magnificent magenta when it’s finished. yum!