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Over the past week, I’ve been trying to find fun new ways to introduce some of the vegetables into Liam’s baby food that he had already tried, but didn’t particularly care for. One of those vegetables was zucchini. The first time he had it, he made a sour face the whole time he was eating (but he kept eating it, little trooper… ha!). To be honest, I feel him. Plain zucchini, steamed with absolutely no seasoning? Blah. Don’t get me wrong, I love some good stir fried, crispy baked, or “zoodleized” zucchini, but soggy plain stuff, pureed into oblivion? No thanks. Since bananas are one of his favorite foods of all time (again, I feel him), I mixed some in with his zucchini, and threw in a little bit of baby oatmeal for good measure and good naps. Pretty sure this kid would eat dirty socks if I mixed some banana in with them. I added a pinch of cinnamon to keep things interesting, tasted it, and I swear I had a slice of homemade Zucchini Bread in my mouth.
I stripped Liam down (ain’t nobody got time for laundry), strapped him up in his highchair, and we gave it a try. He tore it up. That hungry little guy ate about a half a cup of the stuff, which is easily three times as much as he normally eats. He also took a three hour nap afterwards (shout out, oatmeal!). You can read how to make your own baby oatmeal in this post. It’s super simple, and I’ve found it to be a bit cheaper than the pre-made stuff.
- 1 zucchini
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp baby oatmeal
- 3 tsp water
- pinch cinnamon
Cut ends off zucchini and steam or boil until soft. Cut banana into chunks and add to blender. Add cooked zucchini and a little bit of water (or cooking water). Add a small pinch of cinnamon (less is more!) and blend until smooth. In a microwave safe container, stir together baby oatmeal and water. Microwave about 30 seconds. Combine with as much zucchini-banana-cinnamon puree as desired. Stir well. Test temperature on your wrist or lip before serving.
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The Crispy Mama