Baby Food Recipe: Mango Puree

At 17, I became a vegan to…um…well…I honestly can’t remember now.

Well, maybe it was to get clear skin or to challenge myself or…save animals…or yeah… I really can’t remember why I started, but when I actually got started, I came to realize that I did it because as a young woman, it felt right. Yeah. That was why.

It was at 17 that I began cooking my own foods. I started that chapter only being able to lentils and toast, but with time, my recipe repertoire expanded.

I left that chapter with a new-found love of cooking and experimenting with flavors and textures.

I’m no longer a vegan anymore, but my enjoyment of cooking is the reason that I used to give others when asked why I prefer to make my daughter’s baby food at home. I just enjoyed the creative act of cooking and wanted to share my love of food with her.

One of the first recipes I ever made for my daughter was a simple Mango puree**. It’s super easy and super tasty, and I’m sharing it below:

Mango puree
Ingredients
1 pound of frozen mangoes (this is usually a bag)**
4 ounces of water (or to desired consistency)

Directions

1. Place the frozen mangoes and water in a covered pot, and cook on high for about 8 minutes.

2. Pour everything into a blender, and puree until “silky” smooth.
3. Pour puree mix into one ice cube tray and allow to cool.

4. Wrap and freeze.

That’s it! Enjoy!

*The frozen mangoes also make a great frozen treat (just add a popsicle stick) for a toddler.

**I use a frozen mangoes in this recipe because they are available year round and are less pricey.

**According to Wholesome Baby Food, Mangoes should not be served as a first baby food. It is recommended that they be served, on average, around 8 to 10 months.

 

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Jessica lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two girls. Once upon a time, pre-motherhood, she did many things as a “serious-looking” woman who managed to successfully balance a reality TV addiction with a career and academic pursuits. She's now a serious-acting woman whose primary job is raising her children. She writes, reads, fantasizes about minivans, and takes midday naps. She enjoys (among many other things) dancing to 80s music, photography, laughing out loud (at, usually, inappropriate moments), and writing about writing, being a writer, and becoming fearless on her blog Jessica F. Hinton

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