Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Baby Quinoa Mash

Thought I would share a few of my favorite baby food mixes I've been making for the lil miss lately...it is very well known how good quinoa is for us so of course it was on the top of our list to introduce to Isabella...as soon as we knew she loved it, I have been trying to be creative with it...

Quinoa can be ground down to a fine powder like I talked about with oats, barley and rice here or you can simply cook it whole since it is small enough at our stage which is what I chose to do....

1 cup whole organic quinoa
2 cups water
1 organic sweet potato
1 handful organic blueberries

Bring 2 cups of water to boil. Once boiling add in quinoa. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. While that simmers, peel, steam and blend your sweet potato into a puree. Add blueberries into sweet potato puree and blend until pureed. (I do all this in my Beaba I talked about here) I throw in the sweet potatoes to steam then blend them and slowly add in the blueberries. In a larger bowl mix quinoa, sweet potatoes and blueberries. 

Hint: blueberries are considered one of the safe berries to offer before 1 year of age unless of course you have a high family history of allergies. Our lil munchkin had a slight rash after this trial of blueberries so we have taken a break from them for a couple months...so I changed it up and created the below mash, this is great because you can really use any mixture of fruits you want...always consult with your pediatrician before introducing solids...


1 cup whole organic quinoa
2 cups of water
2 whole organic mangos
1 organic banana

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil....add in quinoa, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes....while it simmers cut your mango and banana into small cubes....place in blender/food processor/Beaba and turn into puree...in a small bowl mix quinoa and mango/banana mix....

...place into containers to serve or freeze...you can double or half these recipes to meet your needs

And so I don't leave you momma's out here is my favorite

Green juice recipe at the moment:

4 whole carrots
1 green apple
1 handful kale
1 handful spinach
sliver ginger

Place items in juicer....serve over ice in a cute mason jar with a stripey straw-makes everything taste better:)  

And if you don't have a juicer here's my go to

Mango Green Smoothie recipe...

1 banana
1 cup spinach
2/3 cup fresh or frozen mango
 1 cup unsweet almond milk
2 tbsp flaxseed

Place all items in blender and then serve over ice in a mason jar....delish!


These above jars are my new fave containers to store my baby food in...it's so easy you can write on the top with a dry erase marker with date and food item...love....so easy to store, freeze, heat and clean...I've ordered some of these lids for ease and prevent any rusting issues so I will let you know how I like them...they hold 4 oz which is perfect for us right now. Sometimes my hungry little girl is known to eat 2 of these:)

Another added tidbit...I always try to choose organic when making baby food and honestly even for the hubs and I....but here is a good list of the most common dirty foods that we should all choose organic if possible....

celery///peaches///strawberries///apples////blueberries///spinach//cherries///carrots//cucumbers///summer squash///plums///pears///potatotes///grapes///lettuce///sweet bell peppers///nectarines//kale///green beans///pears

I have some oatmeal and kale recipes I will have to share soon as well...
Happy cooking!!

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