Friday, 19 October 2007

Mango and Fresh Apricot Puree

See, I told you that I would a) post more and b) put up some introductory purees, and here I am. In fact, assuming young P continues to nap (2hrs 15mins so far), I'll even put a few up now. Just for you, lovely readers.

One of the ever-present fruits in our house is the mango. I confess, despite my love of fruits, I never bought one single mango prior to P's weaning. I'm a pretty whitebread fruit eater - apples, oranges, bananas, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, and the like. I think because I'm not a fan of a lot of tropical fruits in general, I avoided the poor mango. No more, as P adores them.

Here is a lovely little puree that you can make for the baby and also eat yourself on the sly. This recipe is courtesy of the Baby Healthy Eating Planner (link to the left)

Mango and Fresh Apricot Puree

1 ripe mango
2 fresh apricots

1) Slice the mango, peel the skin off, and cut the flesh into cubes
2) Stone and peel the apricots and cut the flesh into small pieces
3) Put the mango and chopped apricots into a pan. Add 4 tbsp water and cook gently until the mango has broken down and the apricot pieces are sot (approx 5-10 minutes). Cool.
4) Whiz the fruits together with a blender/food processor until smooth
5) For a just-weaned baby, pass the puree through a nylon sieve

A note on fruit purees - even if your baby is past the puree stage, I often use fruit purees for a couple different purposes. Sometimes P has toast, and as jams and jellies are loaded with sugar, I spread some fruit puree on toast with (no salt) butter, and she loves it. Additionally, I often buy plain, full-fat Greek yoghurt and mix in the fruit puree of choice. If some of you have a large freezer reserve of purees you think you won't need after your baby moves onto more textured foods, you're wrong, there are plenty of ways to incorporate them later. In fact, P is in the rejection stage with so many vegetables, the only way to get them in her is to puree them and add them to other meals.

Happy eating!


Emily said...

So I just discovered your blog and I'm totally in love with it. I am always struggling to come up with new recipes that my toddler will eat. This will surely help me get out of the recipe rut.

Kristi said...

Thanks, Emily. I hope you find lots of great recipes here for your baby!

statia said...

Good thought on saving the freezer full of purees. I have so many of those tiny gladware containers full of baby food, and I'm getting all worried that with the Mini starting to transition to finger foods, that I'm going to end up with tons of leftovers, but yeah, I didn't think of the mixing.

I mix mango in with everything. He's starting to get over the really sweet taste, but it's really good mixed with pears, apples, banana, really anything. I try to still serve single ingredient purees, so that he keeps his taste for them, but I find myself mixing them up a lot too, for diversity.

pixi said...

Puree on bread - what a great idea!