Well, not candy exactly. But baby food can be quite delicious. While making various flavors for my little one and testing each for palatable flavor, I have discovered some lovely combinations. I want him to grow with a well rounded and adventurous sense of taste and so we experiment with texture, combination and spices.
At first bite he always makes a face…I guess I would too if I wasn’t sure what to expect. But usually, the face breaks into a smile, a shriek and flailing arms.
Often I find the food so yummy myself I take a few bites when I brew a batch. Would it be strange to serve pureed foods to dinner guests? Maybe…but after the initial surprise, I bet everyone would enjoy it.
Orange Quinoa Blend
1 apple, peeled cored and sliced
2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 small yellow zucchini, sliced
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
Water for steaming
Place all vegetables in a shallow pan and add about a half a cup of water. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes until vegetables are soft. Set aside to cool. Then place in a food processor with the quinoa and puree. If necessary, add more water for a thinner texture.
This one has a more complex array of flavors, sweet and earthy.
1 beet, peeled and sliced
2 carrots, sliced
1/2 cup organic corn kernels (frozen okay)
1/3 cup spinach (frozen or precooked and measured)
6-7 dates, soaked in 1/2 cup hot water
Place beet and carrot in a medium pan with 1/2 cup water and cover. Steam over medium heat for about 5 minutes until they begin to soften. Add corn kernels and frozen spinach. If adding precooked, just wait until blending.
When all vegetables are easily pierced with fork. Let cook, then puree with dates, adding soak water until desired consistency is reached.
Fall Flavors Medley
2 sweet potatoes
1 large apple
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup whole milk plain yogurt
Peel and slice the vegetables and apple. Place in shallow pan with a 1/2 cup water and steam over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until soft. Add the cinnamon. Stir and set aside to cool. Add cooled mixture to food processor with yogurt and blend until creamy.
Even though babies can’t eat everything, it doesn’t mean food can’t taste great or be versatile. I always taste it first. If I don’t like it, I don’t know why he would…