Monday, November 9, 2015

Mommy Monday: What's Baby Eating?

They told me it would happen but I didn't want to believe them. My awesome eater who had never met a food she didn't like, who was downing kale and sweet potatoes like a champ, no, no, no this baby couldn't possibly turn her nose up and refuse to eat anything remotely healthy. I'm not sure when it happened exactly, maybe around 18 months or so but the only thing I can consistently get her to eat now is pasta, cheese sticks, and oatmeal. I can sneak in veggies in those convenient little pouches or in smoothies but I'm not the smoothie maker in the family my husband is. He's been extra busy lately so what's a Drama Mama to do?

Plum Organics, Happy Tot, and Annie's can all be found in your major grocers or Target. 

Mini potato cakes and mini spinach quiches. So simple!

I started out making purees for her when she was 6 months old.  Then I started making the food chunkier and with more texture as she got older until she was eating soft but solid foods. Then I switched to mini veggie patties and quiches, veggie nuggets and fruit. I can not stress enough how freakin' easy it was to feed her. You shop on a Friday, you spend Saturday cooking and by Sunday you have enough baby food to last for 3 weeks or more. You save money, you save time, and you save your sanity.

Clockwise from top left: Pea fritters, mixed veggie nuggets,
Spinach quiches, mashed potato cakes and veggie patties (in the middle). 
Now at 20 months everyday is a crap shoot. Yesterday she ate rice...will she eat it today? I don't know? I try not to let her see me frustrated, I try and make a big deal about eating healthy foods and I try and remember that this too shall pass (but when damnit?)

So back to the drawing board. More recipes to try? More combinations to configure? I really thought she'd be eating what we were eating by now but unless it's cheese pizza she wants none of what's on our plates. Even scrambled eggs get the no-go in the mornings.

At this point I throw up my hands. She doesn't look like she's missed a meal and she's got enough energy to generate electricity so I'm going to keep pushin' the green stuff and hopefully she'll make her way back healthier pastures. 

My two favorite recipes come from this blog: The Test Kitchen of Melissa Fallis.

Mashed Potato Cakes: 
4 Medium Potatoes
1/2 Cup Cheddar (I added 1 cup)
2 Eggs (I add 1 maybe 1.5)
1/2 Cup Milk (Melissa uses rice, I use whatever is on hand usually unsweetened soy)
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Cut potatoes into “chunks” and place in microwave in covered microwave safe dish for 8 minutes. Check potatoes in microwave- if soft, remove.  You may need to add 2-3 more minutes cooking time if not soft. 
  3. Transfer soft potatoes to mixing bowl- mash a bit with a hand masher or with a wooden spoon. 
  4. Add cheddar cheese, eggs, milk, and sour cream to the mixture. Blend WELL.
  5. Grease mini muffin pan, transfer heaping scoops into each muffin cup. 
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. 

Spinach Cups/quiches: 
1 Bag of spinach (finely chopped)
1/2 Cup Cheddar 
2 Eggs (I add 1 only otherwise they become too eggy)
1/2 Cup Milk (Melissa uses rice, I use whatever is on hand usually unsweetened soy)
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
Sprinkle of pepper
Pinch of minced garlic
  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. Wash Spinach and place in food processor.  (I had to process in 4 batches) 
  3. Put finely chopped spinach in mixing bowl and add:  ½ c sour cream, ½ c cheddar cheese, sprinkle of pepper, 2 eggs and the rest of the minced garlic.  Mix well.
  4. Grease mini muffin pan, fill each muffin cup 3/4 of the way full or you're asking for a mess. 
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. 

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