Apple with Couscous is a complete meal for babies 7 months and above. It can a great breakfast or lunch option.
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Now let’s get to today’s recipe. This nutritious puree is great for babies 7 months and older. Here I have cooked apple with little nutmeg and cinnamon powder. Then added couscous to it. It is a great breakfast or lunch option for your baby. While choosing apple to use for this recipe, I would recommend using the sweet variety apples.
Couscous is traditional food from Northern African cultures. It consists of small balls of durum wheat or semolina flour. It is often taken for a grain, but it is actually the same dough that is made into many kinds of pasta. Making couscous is extremely simple. I cannot stress how easy it is to use it for baby food. Simply add hot water to little couscous balls and let them fluff up. You are ready to use them.
Couscous can be a great addition to your baby’s everyday diet.It has anticancer and antibacterial properties. It helps in maintaining proper heart health, promote normal metabolism, controls fluid levels in the body, improve digestion, heal wounds, build muscles, and boost the immune system. Couscous is full of various nutrients like vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and dietary fiber.
Couscous can be given to babies from 7 months and above, but do consider the gluten allergy in babies, since couscous is made of wheat. Always consult your pediatrician before starting any new food and it is a great idea to keep a note on your baby’s reaction to newly introduced foods.
Couscous is widely available in most of the whole food stores and grocery stores. Grown ups too can enjoy this recipe by adding milk, fruits, and nuts of your choice to make it more flavourful.
Here’s the recipe.
- ½ apple (sweet variety)
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbs of wheat couscous
- A pinch of cinnamon powder
- A pinch of nutmeg powder
- In a pot, add water and apple along with the nutmeg and cinnamon powder.
- Cook till the apples get tender.
- Once they get cooked, add couscous and mix well.
- Turn off the heat and cover the pot. Keep it covered for 10 mins.
- Fluff the couscous and mix everything well.
- Run it through a food processor. Add little water/breastmilk at this point to adjust the required consistency.
You can add a little butter to this recipe if the baby is ready to have dairy. (8 months and above).
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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