Inga's Indulgence

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Baby Gourmet

Lately I find myself regressing to this one question - why should my baby eat bland food? I feel i've finally grown the courage to answer. He shouldn't, and I'm proposing something be done about it.

I know the last thing a baby needs is tons of sodium or peppery spice, but flavor can come from sources other than salt and pepper. Spices, aromatic vegetables, (i.e., onions, garlic, and ginger), and herbs are things we should be using to liven our children's tastebuds.

No more bland baby food! Babies deserve to enjoy their grub too.

Here's some yummy dessert (try to leave some for the baby)...

Pear & Berry Compote

1 Bartlett pear, peeled & diced into small cubes
1/4 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/4 cup water
pinch ground cinnamon
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out

Place everything into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, and reduce heat to low. Continue to simmer for 15 minutes, or until pears are tender. Drain the fruits, reserving cooking liquid. Remove vanilla bean, and puree mixture, adding back as much of the cooking liquid as necesary to achieve desired consistency.

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