In efforts to continue educating my son’s palate and keep his diet diverse, I plan on introducing a new menu item to him each week. Being creative with finger foods, while making sure my son gets enough nutrients is challenging. I’m still offering him a mix of chunky purees and finger foods with each meal to make sure his tummy gets full. There’s no doubt that feeding a little can be difficult, at least in my case it is. Foods he used to love (butternut squash, avocado), he is no longer interested in. Now it’s yogurt, bananas, turkey and tomatoes, random! I’m always looking for finger foods that he will eat which are healthy, nutritious and have minimal additives or preservatives. Every time I go to the grocery store, I bring home different foods that I hope he will eat and many times he doesn’t. Each meal is different with my son, I never know what he is going to eat or throw. He will totally refuse something one meal and when I serve it to him the next meal, he will clean his plate. Feeding my son is like a box of chocolates! I have a rule of five. I offer him a food five different times before putting it away. I reintroduce foods he has shown dislike for after some time has passed. I want to continue to offer him a variety of foods instead of the same ole things, so I’m going to attempt to get creative in the kitchen. Some things he will like, I hope, some he will not, I’m sure. But I enjoy cooking for my baby and want to keep our homemade baby food making days going. So let’s go…. what’s new on the menu this week?!
Rosemary and Garlic Beef, Carrots and Potatoes:
- Wash and cube 6-8 red potatoes
- Coat potatoes with olive oil and toss in fresh rosemary
- Bake in 450 degrees oven for 30-40mins (until soft)
- Dice a bag of baby carrots into bite size pieces and steam in food processor
- Brown half pound of ground beef with a teaspoon or so of minced garlic, drain
- Mix all ingredients together
- Spoon into food containers
- Serve, refrigerate or freeze
- Bon appe’tit baby!
My goal was to have all of the ingredients cooking at the same time. Total prep and cook time was 40mins. This recipe made 22 servings for under $10. So far Fisher has picked out the potatoes and beef, leaving the carrots behind. I’m pleased he’s eating the ground beef, he has never had it before. He has never had spices before either, so I thought it would be fun to introduce some. Whenever you cook large quantities, you run the chance of baby not liking it and having to toss it out. This has happened several times in our baby food making journey. I’ve run into this problem with any foods I buy for baby, fresh or frozen, goes with the territory. Just remember, babies taste buds and preferences grow and change, so offer them several trials before giving up. Give this recipe a try and let me know how it goes!