I felt inspired earlier today to make some food for Luc and decided to experiment with different combinations, so I got my creative juices flowing, my ingredients out, and voila…I made and stocked up on three new flavors of baby food, AND they were LUC APPROVED!
If I have learned one thing when it comes to babies, it’s that they are open to exploring EVERYTHING and ANYTHING…so try new flavors, even if it does not initially seem like it’s a good idea. My first new recipe is so simple, and probably sounds a little strange, but it was surprisingly tasty (I taste EVERYTHING before I give it to Luc).
It’s Blueberry Chick Pea Puree. Just two ingredients can open up a world of ideas for your little one.
Here is what I do…
First, I wash ALL of my fruits and veggies with Eat Cleaner Fruit & Vegetable Wash. Did you know that 80% of produce is coated with canuba wax and other bacterias, waxes and pesticides?? Eat Cleaner Fruit & Vegetable Wash helps to remove 99% of surface pesticides, bacterias, wax, AND extends the shelf life of your produce. Just take a look at the difference below:
After washing the blueberries with Eat Cleaner, I rinsed and drained a can of chick peas (using the canned beans will help eliminate the “cooking” step). For this recipe, I used about 3/4 cup of blueberries and 3/4 cup of chick peas which makes almost 15 ounces of food.
Simply put the two ingredients into your blender or food processor of choice and blend until pureed into a thick, yet creamy texture. Serve by itself (the chick peas add a good source of protein to the mixture), or with a compliment of choice…if you are giving dairy to your child at this phase, you can compliment this with a dollop of cottage or ricotta cheese.
The next new combo I made today was Zucchini, Carrots & Yams. Veggies galore!! The yams and carrots add just the right sweetness to the combination without adding all of the extra sugars from fruit.
First slice or chop your veggies, (I like to use baby carrots because I already have them in my fridge for my husband and I to snack on, and I don’t have to peel them!). You are going to want to steam them for a few minutes with about one to two ounces of water until they are fork tender. Once that is done (about 5-8 minutes ), just blend together to a smooth puree consistency.
This is GREAT for dinner, in fact, this was Luc’s dinner tonight. Serve by itself, or pair with a protein of choice, chicken, turkey, or fish would be an ideal choice, and depending on what phase of eating your little one is at, you can simply add the protein source to the puree or serve in small bits on their high chair tray to keep them engaged at mealtime!
The final recipe I put together very quickly today was Spinach Pears and Oats!
I didn’t cook anything for this mixture AND I only decided to add the oats after the fact because the consistency was too runny. I used 2 organic bartlett pears and about 3 cups of spinach and 2 tablespoons of Gerber Organic Oatmeal, which made approximately 16.25 ounces of food. This is going to be great in the morning!
Be sure to make note of the day you made your food and store appropriately in the refrigerator for 4-6 days and in the freezer for up to 2 months. I love using the OXO Tots Baby Food Freezer Trays to freeze and store my food. When I am ready to make a new batch, I simply transfer the food into freezer zip lock bags.
Making your own baby food is so easy and makes for a fun experience with your baby, as you explain everything you are doing and ingredients you are giving them! Have fun, stay happy, and eat healthy with your families! Until next time…