I’ve been testing out some tasty combos on my little guinea pig and I thought I’d share some of my discoveries. It’s really so much fun now that he can eat a range of things. Moms with multiple kids: am I going to have the time to put as much thought into feeding our subsequent children? That’s the real question.
(That’s butternut squash, roasted sweet potato, peas, and pears. I realize they don’t look that appetizing, but they are delicious!)
I’ve been making batches of “base” food (shown in the photo) and then mixing it with extra flavors right before it’s time to eat. Though if I’m adding a ground spice or fresh herb, I puree that right into the main ingredient when I’m making the base. I’m not totally sure how you’re supposed to go about doing this, but my intentions of reading up on making the perfect baby food have sort of evaporated into my own experimentation. Which is pretty much how I approach everything in the kitchen, so no surprises there. But Super Baby Food and Wholesomebabyfood.com have been good references.
I’ve discovered that avocado, banana, hard cooked egg yolk, and pureed young coconut can (and should) pretty much be mixed into anything. (When I say coconut, I mean the young white ones that come wrapped in plastic, not the old brown dudes). And that adding spices and herbs is a fun way to introduce flavor.
Current fave combos include:
Butternut squash with cinnamon, nutmeg, hard cooked egg and coconut
Peas with cilantro and avocado
Pear with ginger, cardamom and coconut and/or banana
Roasted sweet potato (the white kind, not yam) with banana – (I peeled and cube the sweet potato before roasting and pureeing and it gave it a really yummy caramel flavor)
Roasted yam with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg
Roasted carrots with cumin and coconut
Peas (or green beans) with potato, parsley, egg yolk, and avocado
Plus you can add a little banana or coconut to any lightly cooked and pureed fruit. Or a little avocado/egg to any steamed veg. And I usually add a little bit of breastmilk too just to thin out the puree a little. Or to make a new food taste more familiar.
We’re just approaching the 8 month mark (OMG) and I think now we can start getting a little more adventurous with different food. Dash has tried guacamole (for instance) and he thinks it’s pretty delicious. Which leads me to believe the he can probably have onion and garlic in small amounts? I don’t know. There’s so much conflicting information out there when it comes to what you should feed your baby and when.
And then you watch Babies and in Mongolia, they use meat and a matchstick as a pacifier. We’re probably way too freaked out about food introduction here.
What do you all do? Any good combos or advice you might want to share?
We’re off to Palm Springs in a few hours. Hooray! I’m going to close comments on the XX giveaway shortly. I forgot that I need to choose the winners before we go. Oops! Giveaway newbie here.