The Recipe Space: Mint is Delicious!

Mint helps with indigestion.

Mint helps with indigestion.

 

One of the goals I have in making food for my son is to introduce him to all kinds of foods and encourage a well-balanced diet.  The Little Foodie: Recipes for Babies and Toddlers with Taste, is a wonderful recipe book that puts a slight twist on baby foods and purees.  I found two purees that are seasoned with fresh mint, which my son really likes.  Mint promotes digestion and soothes indigestion or inflammation. 

 

The Apples + Mint +Ricotta Puree is for 6+ months.  Apples are a great source of antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber.  Ricotta is an ideal cheese for a baby as it is full of calcium and protein yet low in salt.

Ingredients:

4 apples cored and chopped into quarters (peeled is optional)

1/2cup of water

6 mint leaves

2 tablespoons whole-milk ricotta cheese

Instructions:

-Boil the apples until tender (about 15 min) or roast apples in the oven (20-30 min at 400)

-Let apples cool then place in a food processor or blender with mint leaves adding water until you reach your desired consistency then add ricotta cheese.

The Peas + Zucchini + Mint Puree is for 4+ months.  My son hates peas by themselves but will gobble them up in this puree.  Green peas are a very good source of vitamin K, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin B1, copper, vitamin C, phosphorus and folate.

Ingredients:

2 medium zucchini, trimmed, and roughly chopped

2 cups peas, fresh or frozen

8 mint leaves

Instructions:

-Fill a medium saucepan with about 2 inches of water and boil.

-Place the zucchini in a steamer basket over the boiling water and cover for 5 minutes.  Set aside and let cool.  You can also roast the zucchini for 20 min at 400 degrees

-Cook the peas in the pan.

-Place the zucchini, peas, and mint leaves in a blender or food processor and puree until you reach your desired consistency.