Happy Wednesday everyone. Today’s Wednesday is a happy one for me. I am celebrating my 100th post on EasyBabyMeals. EasyBabyMeals has turned into a collection of babies, toddlers, kids, and family friendly recipes. It has been a long journey, full of exciting moments as well as frustrating ones. But every bit of time spent on this website was worth it. This was my baby when I started and now it has grown quite a bit. I thank each one of you who have been with me and encouraged me to keep on going. I hope and wish to keep this journey going and try my best to make it grow even more.
On this happy note, today we will talk about Pumpkins. October is a “Pumpkin Month”. I get thrilled with the variety of pumpkins we get in the grocery stores and farmer’s markets. I am always intimidated by the huge size of the pumpkins and everytime wonder- how do I work with it, starting from cutting it. So I buy smaller ones. They are quite easy to work around. And especially for baby food, I prefer smaller ones. Since storing in freezer becomes easier. I usually cut them into small pieces and freeze them and use it as needed. Sometimes, I also bake these pumpkins with the little cinnamon and puree them. I freeze this puree and use it as needed.
In today’s recipe, I have cooked pumpkin, apples, and oats together and made a breakfast porridge. I have added little cinnamon powder and nutmeg to give it a flavor of October. This porridge is great for babies 8 months and above.
Pumpkins can be introduced to babies at 6 months of age. They are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and calcium. The orange color of pumpkins comes from the beta-carotene present in them. It is an important antioxidant which body converts into vitamin A.
While selecting pumpkins for baby food, pick ones which are hard to touch and are heavy for their size. Skip those which are soft to touch and lighter in weight.
- 1 cup apple (chopped)
- ½ cup cooked pumpkin pieces or pumpkin puree
- ⅓ cup oats
- 2 dashes of cinnamon powder
- 1 dash of nutmeg powder
- ½ cup water
- In a pot add all the above ingredients.
- Cook till apples and oats are well done.
- Once cooked, let it cool down a bit and then run it through a food processor.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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