03/12/2013 at 22:41
The food of the month this month is......The Cranberry!!!
It being the festive season, I thought we would look at that seasonal favourite the cranberry. Most of the cranberries in the UK are imported from the USA/Canada and are popular at Christmas, Thanksgiving served as a sauce with turkey. The cranberry has many a health benefits and is especially known for helping with the prevention and treatment of urine infections. It is not a fruit that most people eat raw as thet can have quite a bitter taste, but dried cranberries are sweetened and more frequently eaten.
I am looking forward to the challenge of making some baby-friendly food with this fruit as it has quite a tart taste and isn't known for its use in baby food. I do make a cranberry and Cointreau sauce each Christmas, but don't think that is too baby friendly (ha ha). Let us know if you have any cranberry dishes, if not watch this space for some yummy tried and tested cranberry recipes!!!
Me thinking - Hmmm! what to make with these cranberries??
10/12/2013 at 20:44
Cranberries contain alot of vitamin c and polyphenols. Polyphenols are said to help strenghten and boost up the immune system as well as help to prevent cancer and heart disease.
Cranberries are not recommended as a starter weaning food as they are acidic, 8-12 months it the best time to introduce into the little ones diet,
10/12/2013 at 20:46
Cranberry Baby Yogurt
2 cup yogurt
1 cup cranberry puree
dash of vanilla
Combine all ingredients, mix well and serve
10/12/2013 at 20:48
Serve as a delicious side dish with lamb, poultry, or fish.1 12 oz. package couscous1 14 oz. can chicken or vegetable brothPinch of salt (optional)3 tablespoons olive oil1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice3/4 cup dried cranberries - **you may use fresh or frozen. 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves (optional)
Cook the couscous according to the package directions, using broth instead of water. Add a pinch of salt to the broth.
Wash and finely chop the mint leaves. When the couscous has finished cooking, drain any excess liquid. If more liquid is needed to cook the couscous, add water, a little at a time. Pour the couscous into a serving bowl.
Add the oil and the lemon juice. Stir well to coat all the grains. Add the cranberries, and mint leaves. Stir to combine all the ingredients. Serve immediately.
**If using fresh or frozen cranberries, add them to the couscous while it is cooking. Recipe courtesy of Spinner Publications, Cranberry Cooking for All Seasons
10/12/2013 at 20:55
I had a lot of fun deciding what to make with my bag of cranberries. But i thought long and hard, googled a few dishes and looked through my cook books and eventually came up with 3 weaning freindly dishes, enjoy:
Baked cranberries and apple puree.
A really easy puree dish, wash one large cooking apple (we took one of the last from the garden), and a handful of whole cranberries. Cut the apple into small pieces, discard the core and pips, place in an oven dish, springle over the cranberries. Bake in the middle of a medium to high oven for approx thirty minutes or until soft. Once cooled puree, and add a spoon to natural yougart, in porridage, rice pudding or with a mashed banana.
Make sure that you don't throw in more than a small handful of cranberies as they can be quite tart. Annabel enjoyed this puree (she is teething so I am back to puree meals).
Stage 2/3 weaning:
Braised red cabbage with cranberries, apples and balsamic vinegar.
This dish is a real winter warmer and can be eaten with meats or given with a bit of mash potato. It can also be liquidized if your baby is not at the chewing stage.
Wash a red cabbage, shred and discard the cord. Place in a large oven proof dish, scatter over a handful of cranberries and a chopped cooking apple. Fry a red onion in some olive oil until softened then add to the cabbage dish. Mix all ingredient well, pour over half a cup of cold water and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Cook in the oven at a medium heat for approx one hour forty five minutes to two hours. Stirring the juices and mixing the ingredients on a regular basis.
This dish can be frozen for up to one month. I often add it to cottage pie for Annabel.
t to meats or given with a bit of mash potato. It can also be liquidized if your baby is not at the chewing stage.
10/12/2013 at 21:57
Sausage and cranberry lattice - a new family favourite in our house.
Recipe to follow.. (I now have an awake baby!! ahhhggg!!)
16/12/2013 at 19:45
That looks lovely nicola!! I like to make a cranberry and chilli jam to serve with fishcakes at christmas. I never follow a recipe so its never quite the same? I just reduce cranberries down with lots of sugar and chillies. I will have to look into making it more toddler friendly this year!
11/01/2014 at 10:09
Cranberries, seasonal foods not the most appropriate or easy for baby/toddlers to eat but we had fun experimenting with them.
When in season they can be used as part of the weaning journey but might be a bit too strong for young pallets.
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