I downloaded “The Unhealthy Truth” by Robyn O’Brien onto my Kindle, and what I’ve read so far has scared the heck out of me. So now I’ve resolved to make my own baby food with organic fruits and vegetables…and I realize that I don’t know what I am doing, being a cooking idiot and all. Yes, me, the corporate ladder-climbing woman who once wore her kitchen ignorance as a badge of honor is now humbled and motivated to be a conscientious Mom.
Since my baby started solids, I have been buying her organic baby foods in jars and patting myself on the back for being an “organic Mom.” But Robyn O’Brien’s book has gotten me thinking about how long those jars have been sitting on that Whole Foods shelf and what exactly has gone into them to enable said sitting. And of course, I KNOW that the best food for my baby is whole, unprocessed, and made by moi from the original organic ingredients themselves, so that is what I am going to do as much as possible. To that end, I armed myself with a food processor and started puree-ing (is that a verb?) fresh bananas, apples, strawberries, etc., for my baby when I ran headlong into another problem: the little Apple is a picky eater!
She makes a sour pucker-face whenever I feed her fruits of any kind, almost as if I were giving her lemons. She’ll open her mouth for the first spoonful (because she trusts me and has no idea what she’s about to get), then makes a yucky face, and then just purses her lips and pushes my hand away when I try to give her the second spoonful. No matter what I do, whether it’s take a “pretend-bite” and say, “YUMMY!” or wave the spoon around like and make a noise like it’s an airplane, she won’t budge.
Okay, fine, I thought. She seems to love all vegetables, so I started puree-ing vegetables. But then I ran into another dilemma: the preparation time is enormous! I guess I was a kitchen idiot for a reason. It turns out that you can’t just puree beans or carrots or potatoes raw and feed them to the baby (haha, I am saying this like it’s a grand realization when many of you are probably shaking your heads and laughing at me, thinking, “And you just figured this out now?!”). You have to boil or cook them first, which I really don’t have time to do.
So, at the risk of opening up my kimono ALL the way and showing how truly IGNORANT I am in these matters, I am putting my questions out there. I don’t mind getting laughed at, I only mind continuing to be ignorant. Please, help this rookie organic Mom who is doing her best to get “crunchy!”
1. What foods do you prepare for your baby for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?
2. How much of it does your baby eat? (My baby is 10 months old, has one tooth, and is still breastfed – is 2 ounces each sitting too little?)
3. How do you keep the flavors interesting? It seems bland to me to feed her boiled potatoes.
4. Any recipes you want to share (preferably vegetarian – see my post about my conflicted decision to raise the baby vegetarian)?
5. What do you do with the leftovers if the baby doesn’t finish them all in one sitting? Put them in the fridge? For how long?
6. Other than sweet potatoes/yams, carrots, peas, potatoes, avocadoes, are there any other vegetables that might be good for the baby? If so, how would you prepare them?