I'm fairly new to quinoa. It definitely wasn't something I grew up with. I didn't even know it existed until a few years ago.
WHFood.com lists quinoa in their top World’s Healthiest Food list because it’s high in protein, magnesium, iron and it’s low in calories. One half cup cooked has about 110 calories, 4 g of fat and 5 g of fiber. Not bad for baby! Not bad at all!
But what about the texture? How would Little Bean react to something with so many chunks? Find out in our latest Baby Food Adventure…
It's sold in most grocery stores now, but I got mine at Trader Joe's
There is also a red variety. I used a little a both since I was running out of white.
I made a lot as I was going to eat some with my lunch too. So ½ cup quinoa and 1 cup of water went into the pot. Bring to a boil then cover and lower to a simmer.
It should take about 15 minute to absorb all the water. The seeds will plump up and you'll see a little white ring around each one.
Look at that face! He loves his Snap Pea Crisps.
And he's getting so good at eating by himself!
Quinoa and Applesauce
I decided to leave the quinoa alone and just mix with a little applesauce.
Taste Test Time
I was REAL curious what he was going to think of the texture.
It totally threw him for a loop! He did alright for a bite or two, but then he choked a little on it.
Pureed Quinoa and Applesauce
I ran it through the blender just a little to break up the seeds. It still had a nice texture but not as harsh.
Taste Test Number 2
That's better! No choking!
Now that we got the texture down I decided to add a little yogurt to bulk it up for a complete meal.
No really! It was pretty tasty. Like creamy chunky applesauce.
How did he like it?
He devoured the whole bowl! It was hard to get a picture of him because he was eating so fast!
Yikes! Sorry. It was just so good!
Can you make it again one day?