Roasted Ginger Plums
Admittedly, I am still figuring out this whole motherhood thing (what mother isn’t…am I right?). But there is an issue I would like to address. It seems to me that many moms think that there is a need to create two separate meals for their families- one for baby and one for the adults. That just stresses me out just thinking of it!
Now that I have a little street cred, listen to me when I tell you it doesn’t have to be this way. You and your family can consume the same foods and be happy and healthy at the same time. So put away that long grocery list and let’s get creative in the kitchen with your oven, some plums and a little bit of ginger!
While your oven is preheating, go ahead and slice those babies in half. Don’t forget to take out the pits.
Some of these pits gave me a little trouble. Lucky for you there is more than one way to pit a plum…or something like that. I used a melon baller to release the pit.
Place the plums, cut side up, in a baking dish. Just look at how pretty these are.
Now it’s time to dust these beauties with a little bit of ground ginger. Why? Because it’s delicious, that’s why!
Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. Just look at these little gems. Dark, gingery and juicy- these plums are going to put a smile on your little associate’s face. BONUS- your kitchen smells wonderful too, so it’s a win-win-win!
Once they are cool enough to handle, peel off the skin as best you can and finely chop the plums. Some skins were easy to take off and others adhered to the flesh of the fruit pretty well. Don’t fret over that pesky skin…more fiber never hurt anyone!
You can serve the plums as is or mixed in with some vanilla scented whipped ricotta.
I used Whole Milk Ricotta. All you need to do, is take a vanilla bean, split it in half and scrape the tiny black seeds out of the vanilla bean.
Now it’s time to take your whisk and whip it, whip it good! (Yea, you feel me…)
Mix in, your plums and it transforms the ricotta to a beautiful, purple color. Then you can top the ricotta with some more plums for presentation. Remember, no matter what age you are…YOU EAT WITH YOUR EYES FIRST!
- Unsalted butter for greasing
- 4 red plums, halved and pitted
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly butter a baking dish.
- Place the plums cut side up in the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the ginger. Roast your plums until soft and juicy about 20 minutes. Remove the plums from the oven and let them sit for 5 minutes. Peel and discard the skins as best you can.
- Coarsely chop the plums to your baby’s chewing ability. Stir in any juices to the plums for more flavor.
- To store- refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze individual portions, covered for up to 3 months.
There you have it, a no fuss, baby friendly recipe that’s good enough for the whole family! Honestly, I would totally use this recipe on top of ice cream or even as a topping for waffles…or pancakes…YUM! No one has to know it’s baby food because really, it’s just food. I know this is just one recipe…for fruit none the less, but it’s a baby step in the right direction. Don’t you think life would be much easier if we stopped segregating our meals and finally just enjoyed ONE meal as ONE family? I know I do…but seriously I would love to hear your thoughts on this…GO!