Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Baby Bites: Mango and Banana Puree

Our first foray into solids was predictably cute (sloppy drippings of rice cereal all over the baby's face, grimaces from her as she tried to figure out what the hell we were doing, grabbing at the spoon, etc.)  We got lots of fun pictures and celebrated.

Then we tried again and again.  

And she seemed to HATE food.  Crying, spitting it out, general disinterest.

I was having nightmarish visions that she was going to still be on an all-liquid-ME diet in kindergarten, but she's finally relented.  

I credit this mango and banana puree from Smitten Kitchen's (sadly) short lived baby food blog for turning it around.  

This is still a staple in our house, even though the baby is more into finger foods these days.  It's dead easy and flexible to boot...I once threw in some blackberries that were kicking around in the fridge and the baby went APE.

Mango Banana Sauce
adapted from the great and wonderful Smitten Kitchen

2 mangoes, ripe and sweet, about 1 pound each
2 bananas, very ripe
2/3 cup water

Peel and chop the mangoes into chunks and slice the bananas into 1/2-inch coins. Mix in medium/large saucepan with water and bring the pot to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, until the banana is broken down the bits of mango can easily be flattened with a fork.

Cool in cooking juices and purée in a food processor, blender or with a stick blender. {I go with the stick blender, more on this in future post.} If this is an early purée, then run the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove the mango fibers and the banana seeds. {I am lazy and did not do this.}

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