I know I can cook, and Hubby generally really likes what I make. But Monkey hates the homemade baby food I’ve tried so far. I’ll admit my attempts have been pretty half-assed. (After all, I’ve tasted what comes out of those jars of baby food, and Monkey eats those just fine at daycare.) But I’m now thinking a little bit more time and finesse may be necessary for our miniature food critic.
Monkey loves the organic baby food that we’ve bought for him (Hubby and I do too – they’re incredibly yummy). But they’re expensive, and at the rate that Monkey is plowing through them, a homemade approach is called for. Plus, homemade baby food provides the option of increasing texture, which seems to be one of Monkey’s biggest resistances to certain solids (he spits softened bananas back at us in contempt). If we can get him to fall in love with some nutritious and flavorful purees, we may be able to (slowly) wean him from his aversion to textures.
I have very few ideas for recipes, save the few that are in the book “Hungry Monkey”, so I’m calling in bloggy reinforcements for homemade baby food recipes. I’ll try just about anything your own little ones love(d) to eat, with just a few rules:
- As Monkey doesn’t do very well with chunky food textures yet, it must be able to pureed pretty smoothly. Bonus if it’s something that will adapt to a soft but textured meal over time.
- Even though I’m okay with meats, I want to focus on some veggie/fruit recipes. I already know Monkey will eat chicken (the only non-pureed table food he’s taken to so far). I’d like to him to experience lots of veggies as early as possible.
- Although I’m willing to try just about anything, Monkey has made it clear that he hates peas. No peas, please. Or I’m sending you the carpet-cleaning bill.
- Of course, there’s an added benefit if the food comes in adult form. Most of the recipes Hubby and I make are pretty spicy or contain dairy or pasta – things that we can’t expose Monkey to just yet. Also, if it is something that we can adapt from our own menu, please make sure it can sit in the fridge overnight. Monkey goes to bed before Hubby and I eat dinner, so we’ll be prepping the food for his next night’s dinner.
Send your recipes to microdro AT gmail DOT com, or leave/link to them in the comments. Hubby and I will start trying recipes as we receive and find time to prepare them, and I’ll blog them AND the “Monkey dining” results.