Cooking for Remy (part 2)
Feeding is one of the trickiest parts of motherhood for me so far. Being on the go, and also wanting to make my own baby food, has posed some scheduling challenges and I really might need to get a better system down for the next one. So far though, we've managed to do okay and make food as needed as we go. I have done the whole "make-extra-and-freeze" thing but I feel like Remy gets bored of it by the time we circle back to the frozen batch. Plus, I never feel like frown food thawed tastes quite the same as when it is fresh. So basically, I am making my life harder, I know, I know. Back to the feeding. Ever since Remy hit about ten months, I noticed she got a little sick of the morning cereals and purees. She was ready for chunkier bits and more flavors. I forgot all about introducing flavors through spices! Now that she is one, she is really eating more "normal" foods, which makes things loads easier, as in she can have smaller bits of what we are having. HOWEVER, when we are out and about or find ourselves at parties, I STILL need to have baby friendly food at the ready for her. Greasy hamburger, hard chips, pizza, this just won't do. Baby-friendly food means on the healthier side, not processed or fried, whole foods, soft and chewable with only 6 teeth, and somewhat finger-food manageable.
I have given her pre made and packaged apple sauce, which probably has a lot of sugar, even though I get unsweetened, it is still processed, but they were easy for on-the-go. Recently though, I decided to boil up some apple chunks and add them to bulgar with some cinnamon and nutmeg, and she seemed to really like that! I took a spin off of a recipe I saw on the net using quinoa and apples. I didn't have quinoa in the pantry, so I substituted with bulgar. Super simple.
I also decided to whip up some pasta noodles. I read somewhere that if you're going to feed your baby something in the pasta realm, it's healthier to do a few noodles with tomatoes then say mac and cheese. I have given her noodles with cheese as well. Most recently in fact I had spinach noodles with cheddar. All made at home though, not from a box, which to me, is a better and healthier version and what I can do to do the best on my scale of healthy. Each mimm has a scale or meter of what she is willing to pay and do and cook for her little and it is personal to everyone and different. I just try to do and feed the best I can. While I don't pay extra for organic veggies, some swear by it.
So the pasta I made her was again, things I had at home already, a few spaghetti noodles, some parsley, tomato, tuna, a little olive oil and a dash of salt. Some mommas refuse added salt and sugar, I personally feel it is inevitable, and at some point, my kiddos will taste the sweet and salty stuff. I have not added salt to any food until now, but it is on things I make for the hubby and I, so another reason to be careful with our diets now too. Funny how having littles can adjust your eating habits too.
The pasta was basically the noodles, plus heating up half a can of tuna with some parsley and oil and the tomatoes, voila! She loved it! Only problem is she smells fishy afterward, but it's good for her little growing brain and belly, so a spit bath afterward and we're good to go!
What recipes or books or articles or tips can you share about feeding that 10-15 month old?
Hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing Memorial Day weekend! We had great intentions of checking out the Denver Flea market and some art festivals, but instead had another weekend of graduation and birthday parties plus battled a super fussy and feverish four days post the one-year shots. So we basically moped through a couple of parties and stayed around home.
How did you all kick of your summer with a long weekend?