We've long since mastered the art of spoon (rather than whole fist and spoon) into mouth, but feeding an older baby has it's own challenges. Namely, portion size and making sure the right nutrients are all there. I've gotten to the point where I realized combo meals are the way to go. Jude gets his fruit/veggie servings, a protein serving, and whole grain serving in every meal. It just makes my life so much easier! It may sometimes appear to be a disgusting dish (like pears, egg yolks and oatmeal, oh boy!), but homeboy digs it. Here's a little sample of how I make little man's daily menu:
His favorite meals ( the ones that literally make him squeal like a piglet) are now the things that are flavor packed, so I may end up with a foodie baby yet. These are two of our current bests:
Caramelized Cinnamon Apples
6 apples, peeled and chopped
1 tsp. cinnamon
Toss apples into a large saute pan with enough water to just cover the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 10 -15 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the water reduces. Continue cooking until the apples are browned and the water has become syrupy. Add cinnamon and puree or fork mash to desired consistency. Serve with yogurt, oatmeal, or whatever your baby likes best!
*freeze anything you don't serve immediately in an ice cube tray or refrigerate for up to a week
Pastina with Pumpkin and Parmesan
1 cup chicken stock (hopefully homemade!)
1/2 cup pastina
1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
Bring chicken stock to a boil. Add pastina and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in pumpkin. Grate parmesan over the top and serve.
*makes 2-3 servings depending on your baby! Refrigerate extras an serve in a day or two.
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