It's Friday, and my brain is completely fried. It's a sad day when you look forward to the week being over so that you can drink a glass (or three) of wine and crawl into bed around 8 so that you can pretend to read for exactly 3 seconds before you fall blissfully asleep with your workout clothes on.
But wait for it....
Come Saturday night... it's going to be party time. Time to rock out! A family bbq at my friends house that starts at 3 and will definitely be over by 7 so that we can all put the kids to bed by a decent hour, which means, once again I will be in bed around 8, but this time I will most likely skip the workout clothes and just sleep in my party frock. Nothing wrong with that right?
That's my plan for this weekend, what's yours?
So tonight, I am making this simple blackberry + kale + apple puree that will give baby something delicious to eat for the next couple of days - hello KALE!!!! - while taking exactly 3 brain cells to make, I need to save all of the ones I have left for trying to decide if I should go for white for red tonight. Tough call!
Let's talk quickly about this puree, before I send you off to the kitchen to whip up a batch for this weekend. Mighty apples are steamed with dark and enticing blackberries that are mixed together with some nutrient rich and powerful baby kale. It's like a vitamin party for baby - fiber, omega 3-fatty acids, omega 6-fatty acids, vitamins A and C, folate and powerful antioxidants. Personally, I like to use baby kale for my baby. I find that baby kale isn't as dense as regular big ol' leafy kale and makes purees less intense for baby's taste buds (and mine). This puree is great served straight up for baby or toddler, but it is also beyond amazing mixed with some yogurt, ricotta or quinoa.
Now, into the kitchen you go, hopefully with a wine glass in hand:)
Blackberry + Kale + Apple Puree
2 organic apples [gala, fuji or pink lady], cored and chopped
1 cup organic blackberries
1 cup baby kale, packed*
1/2 cup water (reserved), breast milk or formula
1- In a medium saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a boil over medium heat. Place the apples, blackberries and kale into a steamer basket, in that order, and steam for 10 minutes. Reserve cooking water. Let cool slightly.
2- Transfer the apples, blackberries and kale into a blender or food processor and puree, adding 1/4 cup of liquid at a time, until you have reached your desired consistency.
*I find that baby kale is less intense for baby puree, but you can also use regular kale if you have it on hand. If using regular kale, for best results trim stem and stalk.
Yield: 15 ounces
Storage: 3 days in fridge, 3 months in freezer