Pear & Apple Puree w/ Quinoa Cereal – Nutrition For My Nephew

A very special little man celebrates his first birthday!

How lucky am I to have been one of the first people to see his sweet little face when he came into this world? Alongside my sister and her husband in the delivery room, we heard his first cry. It brought tears to our eyes and one year later, I’ve realize that this sound doesn’t come with a “Mute” button. I kid, I kid. He’s actually the happiest baby I’ve ever seen.

Not to mention the most adorable! Okay, maybe as his Aunt I’m a bit biased but I just love this cutie patootie. I constantly find myself struggling not to gnaw off one of his perfectly chubby thighs or putting his tiny feet in a pita pocket! Am I crazy?!?!

So despite my hectic schedule and lack of presence in the kitchen, I made it a point to make time to add a special homemade touch for his birthday. Aside from making it my responsibility to make sure he is the best dressed tot in daycare, I decided to whip up a tasty (yes, I ate it too) and all-natural batch of baby cereal.

I did my homework on baby nutrition while I was standing in the notoriously long lines at the Union Square Trader Joe’s (on a side note, I can’t express enough how amazing it is to have an iPhone to make your time useful while waiting in lines).

In order to maximize the nutrients, I chose to steam the fruits rather than boiling them. The pears and apples are packed with plenty of vitamins and fiber which help prevent constipation…though I highly doubt he needs any assistance in the poo factory. This tiny boy is like a play dough factory on crack! (Wow, second blog mentioning feces… one more and I win a prize?!).

And yes, babies are allowed to have spices in their foods so what better way to introduce him to some of my fancy cuisine than using a Madagascar vanilla bean? Pinky up, little nephew! He’s also starting to sprout his pearly whites so I added quinoa to introduce him to a new texture. Making baby food is surprisingly easy and it feels great to know exactly what ingredients are going into each bite.

Happy 1st birthday wee little one!!!


3 Braeburn apples, cored and peeled
3 Bartlett pears, cored and peeled
2 Tbsp non-fat yogurt
1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
1/2 cup quinoa, washed and drained
1 cup water
  1. Place fruits in a steamer basket and steam until tender. Meanwhile, bring one cup of water to a boil, then add the quinoa. Simmer for approximately 10-12 minutes or until the water has been absorbed. Fluff quinoa mixture with a fork and set aside.
  2. Remove the apples and pears from the steamer and put in a large mixing bowl along with the yogurt. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and add to the fruit. Use a hand blender (or food processor) to puree the fruit mixture. Add the quinoa and combine thoroughly. Place the baby food in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.

17 Responses to “Pear & Apple Puree w/ Quinoa Cereal – Nutrition For My Nephew”

  • Joy Says:

    Your nephew is adorable Dhale!! When will you be having one of your own?? :) Beautiful pictures, you know granted it’s for your baby nephew I would totally eat this on a Saturday morning.

    poop is funny…hee hee hee

  • Sook Says:

    Cute pictures of your nephew! :) I haven’t tried quinoa but have been hearing about it everywhere. It is a sign I should try it soon. :)

  • skip to malou Says:

    awww soooo cute. such a bundle of joy!
    and yeah this is the first gourmet baby food i’ve ever seen dhale…
    happy first birthday weetle man!

  • Divina Says:

    Really cute. Start them early with quinoa. I’m sure he loved it most especially you made made for him with lots of tender, love and care.

  • Mimi Says:

    That is one cute boy! I’ll have breakfast with him any day.

  • Tasty Trix Says:

    What a sweet Auntie you are!! Now, I don’t have kids, and to be honest I don’t really know any … but I do have a dog who has to eat baby food whenever he gets … ahem … the runs. I should be a good dog momma and make this for him! (If you knew how I am about my dog you would know this is the highest compliment I can give!)

  • elizabeth Says:

    He’s so cute and also lucky to have such a lovely Auntie! I will have to try this and send it along to my nephew, who will turn 1 in July.

  • pierre Says:

    helle dhale i do not see why this recipe should be only for babies ; i can have one too !! Pierre de Paris

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Joy: I almost spit out my water when I saw your comment! Yeah… ummmm… let’s just put it this way, Pierre and I killed our cactus plant so until we can keep a low maintenance life form alive, I think we’ll wait on the pooping machines!

    And guess what, we ate this too! It’s a very healthy breakfast treat!

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Sook: Thank you! Even though I had zero genetic contributions to his cuteness 😉 You HAVE to try quinoa! It’s the new trendy grain :)

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Malou: Only the best for my wee little nephew! Maybe I’ll make him a risotto next time 😉

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Divina: Baby food made with love is way better than store-bought ones! I was happy to introduce quinoa to my nephew especially since I don’t even think my sister’s ever had it!

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Mimi: I think so too but I always have to step away from the biased Aunt perspective. And yet, he’s still too cute!!! I’m a lucky lucky lady to be able to kiss those chubby cheeks! He’s a ladies man in the making, I tell ya!

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Tasty Trix: I’m very honored!!! I have two dogs back in California (their bunking with Grandma for the time being) and they are my babies so I totally understand your point! And much like my nephew, my doggies never have any issues in the poop department either…

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Elizabeth: Happy early birthday to your nephew! They really do grow up quickly and I’m fortunate enough to live close by to witness all this!

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Pierre: Yes you can! My boyfriend and I are guilty as charged! And definitely try it with some ice cream. YUM!

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