I’ve gotten slack about making the Bear’s food lately. Between some work travel, vacation, and other general distractions, those nice pouches of organic baby food have been very tempting for the last few weeks. But tonight I was feeling a little inspired and got back to it. First I made these muffins. The Bear is pretty picky about his finger foods, but he loves bread, so I thought I’d make some vegetable-filled muffins to get a little variety in his life.
And for more variety, I made up a new puree. Part of the benefit of trying all those baby food pouches was that we discovered he likes quinoa. I tried to make quinoa once before for my husband and I, and we weren’t huge fans, which was disappointing because I know it’s so good for you. Protein! In a grain! But I did have some at a friend’s house a few weeks ago and like it better, I think the key is to make it with chicken or vegetable stock instead of water. In any case, the baby had some apple-raisin-quinoa puree from Plum Organics that he devoured quickly, so I figured I should go ahead and make him some at home. I made 1/2 cup of quinoa (boil for 15 minutes in 1 cup chicken stock), and mixed in 1/2 of steamed zucchini, 1 carrot (both left over from the muffin recipe) and 1/4 cup dried cranberries for a little sweetness. Puree and serve.