Happy February! Can you believe January is over? It flew by before my eyes. Now that we are in February I decided to jump on the bandwagon of Valentines day and give you some red purees you can give you little one in the spirit of the holidays.
Apple Cherry Puree
I know, cherries aren't in season, but that does not mean you cannot use dried cherries. Dried fruit is a great way to use out of season fruits, all you had to do is re-hydrate them. To rehydrate dried food put it in a bowl with boiling water for about an hour, or longer. They will plump up very nicely
For this puree, start by re-hydrating 1 cup of dried cherries. While these are re-hydrating, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Core and cut 3 apples (if baby is younger than peel as well, but my little guy has been eating the peel for some time now so I left the peels on). Lay them on a baking sheet and sprinkle with 1 TSP cinnamon. Roast for about 30 minutes. Your house will now be smelling AMAZING! OK, now fast forward and add your apples to your food processor, along with your re hydrated cherries. Add to this 1 TBSP pure maple syrup (this will add some natural sweetness as well as thicken your puree nicely).
Puree and serve or freeze in ice cube trays.
This is a great recipe for your little one for breakfast, as something different. I gave it to mine this past Saturday and he ate every bite, no lie! So first of all what is buckwheat? Buckwheat is a fruit (despite it's name), although it is starchy and looks like a grain. There are very simple cooking directions on the package of buckwheat, follow these instructions, but make it on the thinner side. It is like making oatmeal.
1 1/2 cups of Cranberries
1/2 cup low acid orange juice
Boil the cranberries in the orange juice until they begin bursting (careful). Then puree in blender so you get nice smooth sauce. Mix this sauce in with your buckwheat (any extra sauce can bee frozen for a simple cranberry orange puree for your little one). This puree is not smooth as there is buckwheat so this is definitely a stage 3 food, although the cranberry part can be served to babies that have had both cranberries and oranges just on their own.