Monday, May 2, 2016

What My Baby is Eating: 7-8 Months

Life is a little different when you have your second child.

I started this blog when I started feeding my first daughter, G, solids. I was so excited about everything related to baby food. I read all the books, I did all the research. I wrote a freaking cookbook.

And now G2 is eating solids. Things feel a little different this time around.

Yes, I am still making all of her food. Yes, I am still loving watching her taste foods for the first time.

But God has a sense of humor.

He gave the cookbook writer a very challenging eater and made her doubt everything she thought she knew.

He must have known I was at wit's end because finally, FINALLY, G2 is actually ingesting food.

On her own terms, of course.

The only way I can get her to eat anything puree like is smeared on strips of bread which she must put in her mouth (and throw on the floor). But then she lets me give her small pieces of food like a bird.

Now, that she's finally eating, I want to start an old series on this blog from my G days.

What My Baby is Eating: 7-8 months

Strips of bread with applesauce, yogurt, or a thin layer of nut butter  (pb or almond butter)
String cheese: I break off small pieces and give it to her- it dissolves easily in her mouth
steamed pears
steamed sweet potatos
strips of ripe banana
Cold spaghetti noodles
pieces of burger (turkey basil, pork and apple, and beef so far)
slow-cooked enchilada chicken
banana blueberry bread
Paleo pancakes (I make them and freeze them, I leave them a little frozen when I give them to her)
Pieces of cheddar jack, very small pieces
whole wheat tortilla and hummus

That's what she is eating. What is your LO eating these days?

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Above All, Perseverance

That is my motto for cooking for toddlers.

I'm back, folks. 2016 is going to be a year of blogging about kiddos and food (and Fitness, but that's more for my other blog). G2 is coming of age so I get to learn about the difference between two kiddos and food.

As for "Baby" G, it's about perseverance. I am sticking to the one family, one meal plan and there are days where I feel like G just eats fruit and bread. It happens. Then when I am about ready to give up, she discovers a love of mushrooms. Yes, mushrooms. Curried mushrooms to be exact. And I think, okay, this is why I am doing this. I could have cobbled together a kids meal and not give her a chance to discover she really likes curry and mushrooms.

The other problem? She doesn't like kids' meals with the exception of chicken chicken fry fry (chicken nuggets and fries). I don't say this to be hoity toity "My daughter doesn't care for such minion food", nope, I just don't know what a kids' meal would be. Her current favorite meal is eggplant punjab, naan, Greek yogurt, cucumbers, and cauliflower rice. Do you want to know why that's her favorite meal? Because it's mine. She doesn't have exotic tastes, she has just listened to me say over and over that it's my favorite meal. (And it's my favorite meal because it's the easiest thing I make!)

Taste is learned, folks.

Well, okay, that's my hypothesis. We will test it out with G2. So, stick with me folks. I know my attendance has been shotty, but I'm back and I'm excited to share more eating adventures with you!