This past weekend, we had our first blind baby date. It was actually my first blind date of any kind which led me to be slightly nervous and awkward. My parents met a dad and his baby girl, whose is a month younger and has the same name as my little girl, on a plane where the proceeded to steal her and play with her for some of the flight. The family had recently relocated to Denver and lives fairly close to us, so I thought it only right to show them around my town a little bit. We got some coffee and had made our way to the art museum where our girls spent the next two hours drawing, playing and making a mess. It was a perfect morning of getting to know a new family while running around after the littles. Turns out, they are some of the friendliest, caring and energetic people I have met in a long time. I think the blind baby date went off with a smash and hopefully we will see them again for another play date soon.
Have you ever been on a blind baby date? I have been to many group playdates where I didn't know anyone but never to a one on one date. It was completely fun just putting yourself out there like that.
The date was a nice surprise.
Kinda like how this puree is a great surprise.
I made this puree on a whim when I wanted to get some super food chard into my little one without having to fight her on eating lettuce, because let's get real, there are not many toddlers that will eat lettuce at this point. Combined with sweet pears, the chard disappears into the puree, but the nutrients stay and the little one slurps away on her reusable pouch like she is getting the worlds best dessert.
But the puree needed something else.
Something that would kick it up another notch.
I had some cult inspired Goji Berries hiding in the back of my cabinet waiting to be used. I had tried to give them straight to the kiddo before but their overpowering exotic flavor was a little much for her to handle. So plumped up with water and pureed with the pear and chard was an easy way to get them into her little mouth. No coaxing, no big deal.
Pear + Rainbow Chard + Goji Berries
2 organic Pears
1-2 leaves organic Rainbow Chard
1/2 tbsp organic Goji Berries
1/2 cup water
This puree can go from mild flavored to intense very quickly. The above ingredients are for a mild puree. If you want to add more chard and berries, go ahead but they will intensify the flavor.
Soak goji berries in very hot or boiling water for 10 minutes.
Wash and core pears, optional to peel skin. Place water, then pears and then chard into medium saucepan in that order. Using 1 chard leaf you will not notice the taste, 2 you will begin to smell and taste the chard. Do not stir. Over medium heat, cook for 7-10 minutes. Let cool slightly and then puree in blender or food processor until smooth.
Makes 25 ounces. Will keep for 4 days in fridge or 2 months in freezer.