Creative Feeding Ideas

Pureed vegtables, dried to a crisp!

Pureed vegtables, dried to a crisp!

About a month ago, Franci decided she had had enough of my super-purees. This was, of course, after I had made a fresh batch of each variety (chicken, lamb, fish and vegetarian). Now I have a couple months worth of frozen baby food that she will hardly touch. One or two bites at a sitting is all she will put up with.

I hate to waste food, but I’m not willing to eat it myself. (I can’t believe she even ate them to begin with). Rather than toss it in the trash, I’ve been exercising my creativity trying to come up with ways to sneak the food into Franci’s mouth.
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Recipe: Sweet Potato and Zucchini Fritters

Sweet Potato and Zucchini Fritters

Sweet Potato and Zucchini Fritters

I have quite a few baby food books that I never open because Franci is still content to eat my super-purees.  Most of the finger food I put in front of her gets handed back to me, or she just holds it in her hand while opening her mouth for another bite off the fork.

Last weekend I decided to pick out a couple recipes to try and with a few modifications, this one I liked. Frances was ambivalent and preferred to feed her bites to me rather than to herself, but I think she’ll like them in the future.
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Exotic Vegetable Adventures with Baby

I’ve recently realized that the foods that thrive right here in my local community gardens have somehow become more exotic to most families (including mine, until recently) than mainstream items like oranges or bananas.  My grandparents generation regularly ate homegrown cabbage or beets, but today these are somewhat of a culinary rarity in many households.

Our family’s vegetable vocabulary was much smaller until just a few months ago.  Since joining a CSA, I’m humbled by just how ignorant I was about the range of produce available.  We ate the same ten types of veggies most of the time and rarely tried anything outside our repertoire.  Then we got a rutabaga.   

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