Okay, so Zucchini isn’t a vegetable (it’s technically a fruit, that bit of trivia doesn’t just extend to tomatoes), and isn’t usually prepared to be crunchy, and certainly isn’t in this post, but we do eat it as a vegetable, and you know, sometimes we just need an awesome singing Muppet Rabbit/Man Hybrid to remind us we like vegetables and should not only eat them but convince our kids to like them too.
So, Zucchini! Also known as Courgette depending on your part of the world. Technically it’s a summer squash, but we eat it year round, because greenhouses are awesome, and it’s always summer somewhere. The virtues of zucchini are immeasurable. Zucchini contains only 17 calories per 100g, no saturated fat, and no cholesterol! It’s a great source of fiber, reducing constipation AND protecting against colon cancers. It’s an awesome anti-oxidant, fabulous source of folates, great source of potassium, high in Vitamin A, a good source of Vitamin C, and a moderate source of B vitamins and minerals like iron, manganese, phosphorous, and zinc.
There are a million ways to eat zucchini! When I originally decided on this particular little experiment I still thought I was gonna get to have kids someday. Even though that’s not really the case anymore, I’m keeping it because this blog is for EVERYBODY and I want new parents to be able to get something out of it too, but I also am forever watching Gordon Ramsay cooking shows where people are using all kinds of purees and I don’t puree anything, but I love to cook, so we’re gonna change that and see what it’s like. In the Things You’ll Need Calendar I think I listed broiled Chicken Breast, cause to me that just sounds good, chicken breast on zucchini puree with some rice on the side and maybe a cooked fruit dessert sounds damn good. But you can do whatever proteins and sides you feel like doing if you’re going the adult food route.
So I apologize for keeping y’all starving again if you were waiting on recipes, the cold weather makes me sleepy and I have not been awake as long as I should have been, and unexpected stuff to deal with cause that’s how my life works when I’m on top of things. But without further ado. If you’re going to be eating this recipe as an adult you can do as is, but if plain zucchini mush doesn’t sound appetizing you can add some sauteed onion, salt and pepper to taste, and you choice of any or all of 1/4 tsp basil, 1/4 tsp thyme or 1 tsp tamari, and you can add some heated milk till you get the consistency you want.
As for anyone willing to try as is, or any parents wanting to do the babyfood thing, this particular recipe comes from The Baby and Toddler Cookbook: Fresh, Homemade Foods for a Healthy Start by Karen Ansel and Charity Ferreira. The book gets 5 star reviews, so don’t hesitate to buy yourself a copy if you’re interested in doing the healthy baby fed all natural foods, and teaming up to match things the rest of the family will be putting on their plates too so you’re not overburdening yourself. The authors recommend zucchini as a good first food for your baby because it’s easy to prepare, has mild flavor and tender texture, and the thin skin makes it easy to digest.
All you need is 2 medium zucchini, about 8 oz. total, and it makes about 1.5 cups of puree.
Trim the zucchini and cut into rounds about 1 inch thick. Pour water into a saucepan to a depth of about 1 inch. Put the zucchini rounds in a steamer basket and put the basket in the saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and steam until tender, about 7 minutes.
Remove from the heat and remove the steamer basket from the saucepan, reserving the cooking liquid. Rinse the cooked zucchini under cold running water to stop the cooking. Transfer the zucchini to a food processor or blender and process to a smooth puree. If necessary, add enough of the reserved cooking liquid, milk, or formula to thin the puree to a consistency your baby can handle.
Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days or can be frozen for up to 3 months.
If you can’t make yourself do the puree thing, still add some zucchini to your dinner. Look at those health benefits. We should all be eating zucchini.
We’d love to see some comments and pictures of what you did with your zucchini today, and if you did the babyfood thing how it worked out, and if you remember doing the babyfood thing what you think of the recipe in general and Zucchini as a first baby food.
Today’s List of Tasks:
- Deep Condition Your Hair (Or Use a Hair Mask)
- Clean Your Closets
- Put in a Dance Video and shake your groove thang
- Listen to a guided meditation or subliminal audio of your choice
That’s it for today 🙂 I shall see you shortly on Facebook for the Question of the Day!
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Today’s music can be found on Amazon.com:
MP3: Captain Vegetable
Album: Songs from the Street: 35 Years of Music