When I was pregnant, and still wondering what kind of child we’d have, one of the things I most worried about was whether or not we’d have a picky eater on our hands. Picky eaters are, in my book, the worst. I get that olives are an acquired taste, and that some people think that cilantro tastes like dish soap, but the people who complain about textures or say things like “I can’t stand soup” make me need to just, well, have a moment. I was very nervous that our daughter wouldn’t be able to stand soup.
There are tons of blogs out there that will tell you how to do all of this, but we found Tyler Florence’s book Start Fresh to be very helpful. He makes a very good point: try a taste of your kid’s baby food and see if you like it. If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t make your child eat it. It helps your child develop his or her taste buds so that hopefully you won’t have to play airplane to get them to eat.
I have friends whose babies do the Baby Led Weaning route, which rocks, but our daughter really likes purees so I don’t try to force her. We’ve had success with the following recipes, so I’m posting them.
The morning smoothie. Dear lord, our kid loves her smoothies. We use a Magic Bullet to make them quickly each morning using a banana, frozen berries, and almond milk. She eats about half a cup each morning. I eat the dates and peanut butter.
Roasted bananas, yams, and apples. I put these into the oven together and then puree them. If you look at the labels for all the trendy baby foods out there, apples are usually the #1 ingredient. Our daughter loves them, too.
I mixed the apples and bananas with brown rice (I’ve also used farro, which she loves) and froze it in small serving sizes. It’s easy to pull it out of the freezer, add a tablespoon of water to one serving, and microwave it for 15 seconds to get it to the point where she can eat it. This combo is great for lunches and it’s not as sweet as you’d imagine it to be.
Probably her favorite thing (and mine, too) is this broccoli-potato puree. It’s so FREAKING good. We ate this, I won’t lie.
Our daughter is very adventurous, which makes me think that it’s only a matter of time before she’s eating anything and everything. We’ve really enjoyed making her food, and I would recommend it to anyone. It’s so easy and it’s much more rewarding to feed your child something that you’ve made yourself rather than something you’ve squirted out of a tube. Although we still do plenty of that, believe me.