You might be raising an eyebrow about now, wondering why I would list organic baby food as a secret sauce ingredient. The answer might surprise you.
Baby food is, in almost all cases, quite pure. No additives, no flavorings. Just pure fruit or pure vegetable the way nature intended. The only extra ingredient might be a bit of water. Organic baby food is even better, prepared with produce untreated by pesticides, GMOs and other unhealthy things.
For sauces, the benefit of adding baby food is clear. Just look at the demonstration photo. On the left spoon is the finely pureed baby food version of squash. On the right spoon is the adult version, straight from a can. The texture difference is obvious. Baby food is velvety and smooth, while canned vegetables can be far thicker and lumpy.
The other reason I love to keep baby food in my pantry is that it is pre-portioned in perfect sized packs to be added as natural flavor boosts to sauces and dressings. No measuring required.
Here are a few ideas for baby apple sauce to get you started:
Baby Apple Sauce:
- My chicken salad is crisp and fruity, with toasted pecans and Granny Smith apples. To dress it, I combine light mayonnaise, a bit of sour cream, and one container of baby apple sauce. The apple sauce adds moisture and flavor while reducing the amount of calorie-heavy mayo required.
- Pancakes on Sunday morning get a fruity touch with the addition of one or two containers of baby apple sauce and a teaspoon of cinnamon and sugar.
- When making a pan sauce of apples and onions for pork roast, add baby apple sauce to extend and round out the flavor.
Peruse the infant aisle of your local grocery then examine your sauce and dressing recipes to determine where you might boost flavor naturally with the addition of finely pureed organic baby food.