Have you tried quinoa yet? I was apparently a little late on the super-food train… I have seen quinoa in magazines and trendy restaurant menus for quite some time but was always a little hesitant to try it. Something about me physically preparing new, trendy foods seems daunting to me, like they are going to be really hard to make or something. I read in one of my baby food cookbooks (I can’t remember which one) to mix zucchini with millet, but when I couldn’t find millet at the store, I bought quinoa instead. Figured it was worth a shot.
**NEWS BULLETIN – QUINOA IS SUPER EASY TO MAKE**
Seriously easy… like easier than rice easy. Not only is it easy, but it is delicious. It has a little crunch to it, but is still a soft grain. Actually, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is not technically a grain… it is a seed from a plant that is related to beets, spinach and tumbleweeds. Mmmm, tumbleweeds. My new favorite seed is high in protein, fiber & iron… which are all very important nutrients for little guys. If you’re worried about your baby’s iron, feed him some quinoa!
Onto what this post is actually about… zucchini & quinoa. Bug loves zucchini, but it is really runny as a puree (which actually makes for a great first food!). Quinoa turned out to be a perfect pairing.
Here’s what you need:
- 2 or 3 zucchinis, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (follow package directions for cooking)
Put about an inch or two of water in a saucepan and place a steam basket on top. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Place zucchini in basket, cover and steam until tender… about 5 minutes. Mix the zucchini in a food processor/blender/whatever until pureed. You can really leave it as chunky as your baby can handle, but I like to get it pretty smooth for this recipe.
Pour zucchini puree into a bowl. Pour in quinoa. Mix together. Serve The end.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days for freeze for 3 months.