Well Halloween has just ended and pumpkins have been extensively used as Jack-O Lanterns. Now time for eating pumpkins. Pumpkins come many different sizes and colors depending on the variety and the kind of recipe you want.
As for the brown rice, because of its low glycemic content, it is advised for people who are suffering diabetes. And it is best to start your baby on a low- glycemic diet to avoid diabetes later on. Why not just use the white rice? Because it is not just about the color or the price. Brown rice still keeps most of the nutrients that have been milled out of the white rice (husks).
Ingredient Selection Tips
- Some of the known varieties are: Cinderella (because it resembles the pumpkin that turned into carriage in the fairytale), Pink Banana (best use for pies for its soft flesh), Sugar Pie (best also for baking wholly and carving) and Blue Hubbard (best for soups and baking). If you are interested in having pumpkin seeds only, then choose the Kakai variety. As for soups, then try out Red Kuri (looks like the Hubbard but red in color), Kabocha (very tasty for soups and stew) and Butternut (looks like a larger peanut and is the variety that can be stored the longest- around 3 months!). There are still more varieties you can choose from. Ask your local farmer what they have available. If you are into Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA), now is the time to check out these varieties. To know about CSA, click here.
- For pumpkins, choose the most firm and the one that feels heavy. It should have a consistent skin coloring. Put your thumb and index finger at the bottom to check if it is firm. If it has a dark green stem, it also indicates if it is freshly harvested. If you want it carved or to be used as ‘bowl’ for presentation, then put it on the counter and see if it can stand on a flat surface.
- For the versatile brown rice, choose the one with long full grains. Though there are also well-milled brown rice already available in the stores. Un-milled ones are cheaper and you have the Milling Blender of Baby Bullet to help you mill it in just a minute!
|Preparation Time||10-15 minutes|
|Total Time||30 minutes|
|Puree Instructions:||There are two ways to prepare this.
The FIRST WAY
The SECOND WAY:
Either of the way you follow, your baby gets the best nutrient from this easy to prepare Brown Rice Pumpkin Porridge!
Bon appétit for your baby!