Serve with a bacon and tomato grilled cheese sandwich and you have a classic comfort-food and warm Fall or Winter meal.
What age is it best for you to give your little one tomatoes?
Can your baby have a slurp of that tomato soup you are making? Is it safe to feed a baby tomato sauce?
Tomatoes are one of those maligned foods that can strike fear in the hearts of new parents (and parents who have been around the feeding baby solid food block before) because we have been told that they are “highly allergenic”
Are Tomatoes a High Allergy Risk for Babies?
The fact is, the true allergy risk in offering babies tomatoes is practically non-existent. Babies may get a rash from eating tomatoes (as they might when eating citrus for example) but seldom is this a true allergic reaction.
The presence of a rash is not necessarily caused by a true allergic reaction rather the appearance of a rash is typically due to the acidity of the tomato. Tomatoes pose no risk of anaphylactic shock but they may cause baby to develop a rash around the mouth and bottom.
Please be sure to always consult your baby’s pediatrician about potential food allergies and in regards to offering baby new foods to eat.
According to Healthline:
A tomato allergy is a type 1 hypersensitivity to tomatoes. Type 1 allergies are commonly known as contact allergies. When a person with this type of allergy comes into contact with an allergen such as a tomato, histamines are released into exposed areas such as the skin, nose, and respiratory and digestive tracts. In turn, this causes an allergic reaction.
Despite the fact that tomatoes and tomato-based products are some of the most heavily consumed foods in the western diet, tomato allergies are extremely rare. An individual with a tomato allergy is also prone to allergic reactions with other nightshades, including potatoes, tobacco, and eggplant. Often, people with a tomato allergy will have a cross-reaction to latex as well (latex-fruit syndrome).
Tomatoes that have been cooked in some form or another tend to be less acidic and are a better option for including in baby’s diet.
Offering baby a little slurp of tomato soup or a mild tomato sauce (gravy for my Italian friends out there 🙂 ) might be the best way to introduce tomatoes to baby. Of course, if baby has any sensitivities, waiting until around 12 months of age is probably best!
- 12 plum tomatoes, or 2 28 oz cans whole peeled tomatoes
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon garlic - powder or granulated
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- extra-virgin olive oil for drizzle
- 5 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock, chicken stock is the best
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Preheat the oven to 325 F degrees.
- Line a large baking sheet with foil.
- Wash and par boil the tomatoes for 6 minutes then drain and cool them
- Peel skin off cooled tomatoes
- If using the canned tomatoes, simply open the can and dump into a strainer and drain well.
- Slice the tomatoes in neat halves and place them on your baking sheet
- In a small bowl, mix the salt, pepper, garlic, brown sugar, and ginger.
- Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the tomatoes.
- Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and roast for 1 hour.
- Cool the tomatoes for 15-25 minutes.
- In a blender, add the veggie stock and the tomatoes and whizz until you have a nice liquid
- Pour the soup into a saucepot and heat until warm - do not boil.
- Remove from the soup from the stovetop and slowly whisk in the cream.
- Bring to warm again and taste - adjust seasonings as you prefer.
- Serve Warm
This soup might be a good choice for baby's first taste of tomato, between 8 and 12 months of age. If you would like to share with your baby, you might want to go easy on the salt and not add in any "hot" spices or herbs.