Gourmet Baby & Toddler Recipes

Mexi Veggie Chile Stew

Tiniest Gourmet – Recipes for Babies and Toddlers
A guest post from Cheryl Tallman, www.FreshBaby.com

Mexi-Veggie Chile Stew

This terrific vegetable stew is made with popular Mexican vegetables and a hint of green chiles. Green chiles are the perfect “first” chile pepper to introduce. They have a gentle, mild flavor. While you can puree this recipe to a smooth texture, it’s perfect as a stage 3 food with a slightly chunky texture.

2 medium zucchini, diced

1/2 cup diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)

1 ear corn, kernels cut off cob (or 3/4 cup frozen corn)

1 Tbsp. canned green chiles

1/4 cup water

Place all the ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover the pan and turn heat down to medium. Cook for 15 minutes.

Pour the vegetable stew into a blender or food processor and pulse to chunky texture. Spoon the Mexi-Veggie Chile Stew into So Easy Storage Trays, Cover and Freeze.

When ready to serve, defrost and warm up the cubes. This stew is a delicious vegetable dish. You can also add cooked brown rice or fork-mashed black beans to it before serving.

Toddler Treat: Empanadas

Street food is popular throughout the cities of Mexico. Food vendors sell tacos, tamales and empanadas. Empanadas are small pastries stuffed with sweet or savory fillings. In Mexico, sweet fillings in empanadas are the most popular. We cut our empanadas pastry into 4 ½-inch circles to make a smaller empanada that is perfect for tiny hands to enjoy.

Banana & Chocolate Filling:

1 banana, diced

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Juice of 1/4 lemon

Sprinkle of cinnamon

Powdered sugar

Combine banana, chocolate chips, lemon juice and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside

Cheese & Olive Filling:

2 ounces Colby-jack cheese, diced

1 Tbsp. small green olives stuffed with pimentos, sliced

1 Tsp. cilantro, chopped

Combine cheese, olives and cilantro in a small bowl. Set aside.

 

Empanadas:

Empanada filling (recipes above)

1 sheet of puff pastry

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll out puff pastry into a thin layer on a lightly floured surface. Using a 4-5 inch circle cookie cutter, cut pastry into 8 rounds.

Place about 1 Tablespoon of empanada mixture in the middle of one of the pastry rounds. Brush the edges with water and fold in half. Press edges with a fork to seal the edges. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the pastry rounds and filling.

Bake the empanadas for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Dust the Banana and Chocolate Empanadas with powdered sugar when slightly cooled.

About the author: Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food and the new book So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.

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