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Basic Hummus

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Izzy has been hummus-crazy lately. At 16 months she is eager to “feed herself,” and I’m always surprised by how much she likes spicy, flavorful food.  Hummus fits the bill perfectly so she eats it almost every day.  I just sit her in the high chair with a little plastic bowl of hummus and a few cut-up veggies like carrots, cucumbers, or bell pepper.

It’s incredibly messy, which is obviously part of the appeal, so I’ll sometimes strip her down to her diaper and put a bib on her.  I’d rather not worry about how messy she’s getting and just let her experience her food. You’ll never hear me say, “Don’t play with your food!”

I have a growing list of hummus variations but I figured I’d better post a basic hummus recipe first.

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Apples & Greens

This is one of Isabella’s long-time favorites and one of the foods I know I she’ll devour even if she won’t eat anything else.  I make at least 6 jars of Apples & Greens every time I make baby food.  Happily, it’s also the easiest recipe I make.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2-3 Cups Applesauce
  • 2-3 Cups Mixed Greens

You can make your own apple sauce by gently simmering or steaming cut up apples and mashing them up.  I usually just buy no-sugar added applesauce (organic, when they have it).  I usually just use organic baby spinach, but there’s a great mix by Organic Girl called SuperGreens! that we love.  This is a simple blend and is probably fine to introduce before 9 months of age- just make sure baby has had applesauce before.  I think Izzy first started eating this around 7.5 or 8 months.

Here’s how to make it:

Dump everything in the blender and blend it up!  If this is the first time you’ve offered this to your baby, start with less greens and add more to taste.  Isabella loves it to be really green but every baby is different.

apples and greens homemade baby food

This is actually a great way to get more greens into your diet if you’re one of those people that just can’t stand salad.  It tastes mostly applesaucy.  And who doesn’t like applesauce?!?

As soon as she heard the food processor, Isabella made her way into the kitchen and demanded to be picked up.  She killed a whole jar of this before I could get the lid on.  Oh well- one more jar free for something else!

eating homemade apples and green baby food

she loves her apples and greens

give me more!

I want more!