Thursday, May 8, 2014

Baby Recipe: Ginger-Curry Green Applesauce

I've been struggling lately getting enough veggies in our baby food routine. I've always felt that you shouldn't have to "sneak" veggies into food because they're delicious on their own, but from a convenience standpoint it totally makes sense. For the same reason I make green smoothies - to get a well-rounded breakfast in one convenient portable package - I decided spinach applesauce was my next baby food project.

1 package baby spinach
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, or to taste
1-2 large spoonfuls coconut oil
Ginger to taste (fresh is wonderful, but powdered works fine too.)
Curry powder to taste
32-ish ounces unsweetened applesauce

Heat coconut oil in medium/large skillet. (Since babies need more fat in their diets than adults I have no problem really going to town with the oil!) Add spinach, coconut, curry, and ginger. Feel free to make it super spicy since the applesauce will really tone it down. I'm really into trying to introduce strong flavors before the kiddo hits the picky toddler stage, so I used like a teaspoon of ginger and a tablespoon of curry powder, but I realize that's a lot. Sauté, stirring frequently, until spinach is wilted. (Note: it is delicious at this point, you could stop now and have a wonderful side dish for adults!) Transfer to food processor and blend well. If your food processor is large, go ahead and add the applesauce too, otherwise transfer to a bowl and stir it together. Store a few servings in the fridge and freeze the rest - the applesauce will cool it down plenty so it can go in the fridge/freezer or be served immediately.

Freezer containers on my messy counter. :-)