Baby Food Around The World – Romanian Zacusca

Posted on Dec 15 2010 - 8:28am by Christine

From time to time we receive baby food recipes from other mummies, based on traditional dishes from various parts of the world. We enjoy reading and sharing them, particularly since they highlight the very diverse range of flavours that little ones can enjoy – something that really blows the “baby food must be bland” theory out of the water!

Last week, Elisabeth from the US wrote to us to tell us about a vegetable and tomato recipe that sounds perfectly yummy and which we thought you might like to try!

Here’s what she told us…

I have a great recipe using some wonderful veggies – perfect for babies 8 months+ (according to your site).

It’s a variation of a traditional Romanian dish called Zacusca (similar to Ratatouille).

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 eggplant (aubergine), peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, diced (char and remove skin if you prefer)
1 zucchini (courgette), diced
1 can tomato paste

Sautee the onion in oil until tender, then add the eggplant, then pepper, then zucchini, stirring and cooking in between each addition until tender.
Add the tomato paste, stir to mix in thoroughly, then cover and let simmer 20 minutes, until all veggies are very soft.
Adults would add salt and eat this on bread. For my baby, I puree it with brown rice to a slightly lumpy texture.

Mmm – that sounds wonderful Elisabeth… and it’s always nice to cook something that can be enjoyed by adults and baby alike. Thank you for sharing.

Not sure if your baby is ready for all the ingredients in Zacusca?
Read our tips for introducing…
Tomatoes
Eggplant/aubergine
Zucchini/courgette
Red bell pepper

More baby food around the world…

China
Indonesia
Japan
Malaysia
Africa

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