Most nights, this is what’s going on in the kitchen:
Maggie and baby boy, causing all kinds of fun trouble – eating things they shouldn’t, making messes, and loving every minute.
To try to keep the rock / stick / fuzz eating at bay (although, it doesn’t really help – baby boy will literally pick up anything off the floor and put it in his mouth), we’ve been working on making all kinds of new foods for him and using the freezer as our new best friend.
I’ve got some recipes of my own to share soon (woo!), but in the meantime, I’ve had a lot of people ask what he’s been eating, so here’s a glimpse into a few things we’ve been making so far.
The top thing is EVERYTHING we’ve tried out of Tyler Florence’s Start Fresh cookbook. A friend gave it to us and I LOVE IT so far. There are recipes for basic purees to start with and it goes all the way up to meals for the whole family. We’ve made quite a few things just for baby A and some of the whole family meals, too. Everything has been great! My personal favorite so far is the ginger chicken with coconut rice = winner all around.
Some of the things we’ve made so far:
- carrot applesauce
- roasted and pureed yukon gold potatoes / carrots / zucchini
- green beans
- roasted broccoli
- green smoothies
- blueberry oatmeal smoothies
- chickpeas with spices and olive oil
- chicken with rice and veggies
- no salt broth
I’ve been trying to keep a good mix of things in the freezer to throw in a bag for daycare, and then for dinners lately, we’ve been giving him more finger foods. He’s still eating great from a spoon, but he likes to pick things up for himself more now (hence all the rock / stick / fuzz-eating), so we’re trying lots of new things with that, too.
Some of his current favorites:
- diced avocado
- diced hard boiled egg
The only thing we’ve really been keeping out of reach so far is salt and sugar. He doesn’t need sugar, and I know salt can be hard for them to process until after a year when their systems are really getting up to speed.
For breakfasts, especially on the weekends, we pretty much have similar things: yogurt with fruit, oatmeal with fruit, scrambled eggs with fruit and toast, etc. Lunch is a smorgasbord and dinner is the same, working in new foods a few times a week, or at the very least, some new spices/herbs to try.
I always thought I would like making baby food, but I never thought I’d have this much fun!
On the menu plan for next week? A carrot and mango mix, steak with rice and veggies, and some chicken and noodles.