Happy Halloween! It’s the best day ever! Or, well, one of the best days ever. 🙂 I am, and always have been obsessed with Halloween. I love everything about it…the dressing up, the decorations, lights, pumpkin picking/carving, and most of all, trick-or-treating. In fact, I love it so much I’ve been waiting for Kirina to grow old enough for trick-or-treating, just so I can re-live those days of ringing doorbells and getting candy. Mmm, candy. Yes, it is what you’re thinking. I am going to raid my innocent 3-year-old’s candy bag and treat myself to whatever I find appealing. I figure this is the least she can do for me since I had to, um, birth her, which might I remind everyone involved lots of pain and bad hospital food. Nothing a free peanut-butter cup won’t fix. 🙂
At any rate, what about baby Ela?! She needs a treat too. A special new meal is in order. On pumpkin day, why not eat pumpkin?! It’s time for Ela to branch out on her veggies, which quite frankly, we are struggling with. She doesn’t eat them straight like Kirina used to…Ela wants it sweet, mixed in with applesauce or some other fruit puree. Which is fine, but it is important to keep her tastes diverse. Well, we found winners with two great recipes today. We made pumpkin two ways:
Pumpkin Puree with Cinnamon Butter
The recipe is easy. I lightly coat a small sautee pan with butter and add 1 tsp of finely chopped onion or shallot. Add a pinch of cinnamon and cook onions until very soft, about 5 minutes. Add 4-6 ounces of preferably organic canned pumpkin puree (you can make your own puree too, but it’s Halloween and we need some time savers today!). Sautee for a minute or two with the onions and add water to reach your preferred consistency (Ela always likes things on the thinner side). Finally, blend with a stick blender or food mill to create a smooth puree.
Questions I often get from parents? Why onion? Why butter?
Because they taste GOOD. I agree that we should not be adding lots of “stuff” to baby food, but I think a little bit of these ingredients (yes, butter) gives the food so much taste and dimension. Babies are people too! Serve them interesting meals and they’ll keep exploring and asking for more.
The second variation I made was a Pumpkin Sage Puree. I took a fresh sage leaf and sautéed it in the onion/butter mixture for a few seconds. Sage is strong, so just a scent of it will do if you are introducing this spice to baby for the first time.
So give a little pumpkin to your pumpkin! Have fun and enjoy tonight. I have to run and get outfits ready (Ana & Elsa, what else?).
From Ela’s high chair to your little one’s, BOO! and Bon Appetit!