Recipe: Stone Fruit, Zucchini and Thyme Baby Food

photo-2It’s here! It’s here! I am such a fool for what I affectionately refer to as stone fruit season. Sure, it’s peach season. And peaches are lovely stone fruits, don’t get me wrong. But people – apricots. Nectarines. Plums, for crying out loud! There are red plums, black plums, gold plum. And then all those crazy variations like plumcots and pluots and dinosaur eggs and whatever other crazy things. I go absolutely nuts in the produce section this time of year.

I used peaches and apricots here, because honestly, that’s what tends to turn south in my house first. They’re so soft already you almost have to eat them immediately. Or… make baby food! But feel free to use any combination of those fruits I listed above (some plums have a strong, tart flavor, so be careful they don’t overwhelm a more delicate flavor like apricots).

They are all so summery and gorgeous, that it seemed like a natural pairing to pair them with zucchini. This can make for a very watery batch of baby food though, so I thicken it up with about 3 tablespoons of cooked millet. (I have a love affair with millet lately. I always have some of that buttery, alternative grain goodness in the fridge.) If you don’t have millet, you can substitute in quinoa or oatmeal.

And finally, fragrant fresh thyme. So lovely. I’m a big fan of introducing spices and herbs to older babies (over 9 months). This is something the majority of the commercial baby food makers don’t do, and to me it’s one of the perks of making your own baby food. Develop those little foodie palettes, folks!

Ingredients

1.5 cups steamed zucchini
3 tbsps cooked millet
1 peach
3 small apricots
Leaves of 1 sprig of fresh thyme (or less)

Method

Wash zucchini well (peel if desired – older babies will enjoy the texture and nutrients the skin provides), and slice into chunks. Wash fruits and cut into chunks, removing the pits in the process.

Steam zucchini, fruits, and thyme together for approximately 5 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.

Add steamed produce to blender, along with millet (or quinoa or oatmeal). Blend until desired consistency is achieved.

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