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|
- 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.
- 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.