So far (knock on wood), my 9 month old will eat anything I give her. So, I try and give her healthy choices as much as possible. If everything tasted good, wouldn’t you eat the healthiest stuff all the time too!? I read an article on superfoods for babies and decided to try and pack as many of those as possible into one french fry shaped “finger” that she could easily feed herself. I found a winning recipe! I made them over the weekend and they will probably last all week – plus they are easy to pack for daycare.
You start with the five superfoods:
- 1 can of Black beans
- 1/4 cup Frozen spinach
- 1 cup Quinoa
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 Sweet potato
Mix all of your ingredients and form into french fry shaped “logs” or “fingers”.
It’s hard to believe that this sweet girl is 9 months old already. So cliche, right? I know, I know. But I’m a mom – what can I say? 16 pounds 9 ounces of pure sweetness coming your way.
Here’s another recipe that I’ve tried time and time again. I’ve played around with it a lot and now twice in a row, I’ve gotten the “This meatloaf is really good” response from my husband. That kind of response? That’s an A+! Trust me. If there was something he didn’t like about it, he would let me know in…only in the most loving I want you to be the best cook you can be way of course 🙂 I promise he will deny saying that my meatloaf was really good (twice in a row, mind you), but you’re all my proof that he said it.
So, first things first. Here are (most) of the ingredients you’ll need (I get distracted and forget to get all of the ingredients in the picture – forgive me!). You want to mince the onion and garlic, like I did in the picture.
So after 6 months of being exclusively breastfed, I was beyond excited to start purees with Layla. I couldn’t wait to see her face as she experienced new flavors and textures, figure out what she liked and disliked and made a huge mess of herself. As soon as she turned 6 months, out came the butternut squash from my garden that I baked, pureed and froze months earlier (only the best for my little girl!!). I thawed it out, got her settled in her high chair, opened one of the (many) packages of spoons I have and gave her a bite. Her first bite of food! I was sure her eyes would light up, realizing just how tasty food was…but BOY was I wrong. Layla screamed bloody murder when I tried to feed her. So the next night I tried rice cereal. Then avocado puree. Then I tried carrots and green peas. Nothing worked. For a month, we battled at dinner time while she screamed the entire time, closed her mouth as tight as possible, spit out whatever I managed to get in, etc. You get the picture. So one day, I had had enough. I dumped the puree on her high chair and let her play around with it and she actually smiled. She attempted to put it in her mouth, and may have even swallowed some. Dinnertime was fun again! So I realized something. My daughter wasn’t opposed to food…she just didn’t like purees! Whether it’s a texture thing, or she’s just Miss. Independent and wanted to do it all herself, I”ll never know. But the point is, she wanted to eat! Check out her face on the left (oh helllll no Mama get that spoon away from me) and on the right (this whole food thing is fun Mom – why didn’t we start this awhile ago?!).
This soup recipe is too good not to share. I’ve made this one over and over again, because my husband happens to love the Olive Garden version (not because my kale has been taking over my garden all winter!!) Every time I make it, we try and figure out what’s missing, and what could improve it. Well I did it. I think I’ve perfected the sausage, potato and kale soup. Seriously, trust me on this one. Just go home and make it and I promise you won’t regret it! You want to start by prepping all of your ingredients. Dice the onions and garlic. Scrub the potatoes and slice them into 1/4 inch thick slices. Leave about half of them like that, and the rest, cut in half vertically.
Confession y’all. I’ve wanted to start a blog for years. I kept toying with the idea, but ultimately decided it wasn’t for me/wasn’t the right time/etc. Basically, I’ve been a chicken. Remember the first day of school when you headed into the lunch room with none of your “people”?. You would sheepishly look around, silently cursing the administration for not assigning you the correct lunch period, hoping to see someone (anyone!) you could sit with while simultaneously trying to keep moving so it wasn’t obvious. You know, we’ve all been there; the fear of social rejection. The epitome of rejection, to be honest. We all want to be socially accepted, and when we feel acceptance, we feel like we can’t fail in life. I’m not talking about being “popular”. I’m just saying, people accepting you (and your ideas) and showing genuine interest in you. Whether your interests are cooking, sports or Star Wars, you just want to find your people…right?
So there, I said it. I was afraid of rejection. Will people care what I have to say? Will people hate my recipe ideas? Will they make fun of my pictures? Well, that’s all in the past. I’ve decided that 2016 is about putting it all out there. So, welcome to my blog friends. I sincerely hope you enjoy it. If you don’t, I may have flashbacks to my braces-clad, purposely mismatched 13 year old self, trying to find a soul in the cafeteria to sit with. But, in 7th grade, I found my people and I was fine. So….I’ll be fine.