The Best Baby Food: 125 Healthy and Delicious Recipes for Babies and Toddlers (Robert Rose, 2015), by Jordan Wagman and Jill Hillhouse, explore many homemade recipes you can make for baby with ingredients you have on hand. Chef Wagman will show you how to prepare recipes using a variety of cooking methods that may better suite your baby’s tastes. Choose from a collection of over 125 recipes. The following excerpt is from the Chapter, “Snacks and Desserts for babies 9 to 12-months.”
This recipe is the “northern” way of eating pineapple, coated with maple syrup and served while it’s snowing outside. But it’s so good you can enjoy it any time of the year. It used to be that foods like pineapple weren’t introduced to babies until after the 12-month mark, but there is no reason to wait. Sometimes babies can get a bit of a rash from acidic foods, so if you know your baby is susceptible, start with small amounts.
Chef Jordan’s Tip
Feel free to grill the pineapple slices on the barbeque prior to dicing. This adds a smoky dimension to the desert. If time is your enemy, by all means purchase a pineapple that has been peeled and cored and stored in its own juices. I do, however, recommend that you scrutinize the label to verify the freshness.
Jill’s Nutrition Tip
Not only does pure maple syrup taste wonderful, it also provides the minerals manganese and zinc. Manganese is important for diminishing the harmful effects of free radicals in the body’s cells, and zinc provides a nice boost for the immune system.
• 2 tbsp organic unsalted butter 30 mL
• 2-1/2 cups diced pineapple 625 mL
• 1 tbsp pure maple syrup 15 mL
In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add pineapple and cook, without stirring, until all liquid from the pineapple has evaporated and the chunks begin to caramelize, about 8 minutes. Stir in maple syrup, reduce heat to low and cook until pineapple is fully coated, about 1 minute. Cut up or mash to desired consistency. Let cool to room temperature before serving or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
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