Today I am building from one ingredient, the lovely, wonderful and in season Avocado!
I am building because, even though I make Organic Purees for little ones, I love the idea of Avocado being her first food. The flavor is not too strong the texture is soft and the nutrient list long. It is the perfect first food when you are sitting at the table, in my opinion and the meals for the bigger people in the family are delicious with avocado!
Here are a few ideas of meals using avocado, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
For the little one smashed avocado.
Blackened Fish Tacos with Avocado
4 corn tortillas
1 c. frozen peas, thawed
4 tilapia fillets
1 tsp. no-salt blackening seasoning
1 c. corn kernels
1/4 Red Onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp. lime juice
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
This includes 6% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for vitamin E, 4% vitamin C, 10% folate, 11% fiber, 2% iron, 6% potassium and 136 micrograms of lutein per 50g serving.
Chicken Avocado Lime Soup
1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp.chili powder
½ Tsp ground cumin
6 Cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 fresh avocado*halved, pitted, peeled and chopped
1 Cup jarred salsa verde
2 scallions sliced on a diagonal
¼ cup cilantro leaves
2 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp fresh ginger minced
2 Tsp garlic
Baby's First Food
I know every child is different. My first child's first food was pablum with breast milk, my second child's first food was pumpkin and there is a noticeable difference in their eating habits. There is a fight at the table almost every meal time with my oldest to eat his vegetables. My middle child, loves the idea of vegetables and will at least not make a fuss and will usually try whatever food is put on his plate. I was determined to give my little girl a whole vegetable or fruit as her very first venture into solids and I chose Avocado. So far so good!
It's easy to prepare but removing the seed and the peel and mashing it with a fork. They don't typically eat much so you always have avocado left over, allowing you to try out these other recipes for the rest of the family.
The Pasta Sauce is one of my boys favorites and though my husband and I try not to eat much pasta, the boys enjoy it. I have used it with zucchini noodles once or twice, but because the sauce isn't hot, it's not as enjoyable as it is over hot pasta.
1 ½ Tbsp.olive oil
¼ cup lemon juice
2 Tbsp.minced garlic
1 ½ Tbsp honey (optional)
salt (optional, to taste)
Pinch of pepper
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Then toss with a cooked pasta. Spaghetti or Penne is great with this avocado sauce, but any pasta works well.