Cucumbers

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Directions:

Step 1: Wash and peel cucumber.
Step 2: Slice and cut out the seeds using a circular motion
Step 3: Chop the cucumber and squish with a fork


Minty Cucumber, Pear & Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 1 small cucumber
  • 2 Bosch or Bartlett pears
  • 1/2 cup of plain whole milk yogurt
  • 3 finely chopped mint leaves

Directions:

Step 1: Wash and peel cucumber.
Step 2: Slice and cut out the seeds using a circular motion
Step 3: Chop the cucumber and squish with a fork
Step 4: Peel, core, dice (and squish if needed) the pears
Step 5: Add pear and cucumber together in a bowl
Step 6: Add 1/2 cup plain yogurt and finely chopped mint leaves to the bowl
Step 7: Mix to a consistency that your baby will tolerate; blend or puree if needed.

Cucumber Yogurt Dip

Love this one from the Food Network, with some tweaks. You could make it a minty cucumber dip too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 (8-ounce) containers plain yogurt
  • 1 pound cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped finely
  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh dill plus dill sprigs for garnish
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt (leave out.)

Directions:

Step 1: In a sieve lined with cheesecloth, let the yogurt drain, set over a bowl, covered and chilled, for 6 hours. Pour the liquid from the bowl and in the bowl stir together the drained yogurt, the cucumbers, squeezed dry between paper towels, the snipped dill, the garlic, the oil, the lemon juice, and salt to taste.
Step 2: Let the dip stand, covered and chilled, for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours to allow the flavors to develop. Stir the dip, garnish it with the dill sprigs, and serve it with toast points, other soft cooked veggies or even baby meatballs.

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