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Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
12:49 am
i made my daughter creamed spinach... and she loves it. i have to make it weekly.

*i use organic, but you can do what you wish!*

two "bunches" of spinach- washed twice. de-stemmed. not quite boiled, but over the "blanched" point. reserve some liquid.
one-half large tub of Goats Milk Yogurt
3 oz. of grated parm. for taste


p.s. freezes excellently (ice cube trays, and whatnot!)!
and defrosts rather quickly, so you can skip nuking it and zapping out nutrients!

p.p.s. I haven't seen anyone post in a while... shall we all do maybe a recipe contest? choose an ingredient and create the best recipe out of it, type-o-deal?

p.p.p.s. i don't know if many of you know this, but there is pasta in penne and different "wheat" forms, made of rice. FYI. my daughter loves the rice penne pasta. way fun for her to eat.
Thursday, March 9th, 2006
6:17 pm
can i just say how excited i am to see this community? i try to eat as much organic food as possible, usually shop at organic co-op's (expensive as all hell, but i'd rather support ecological consumerism than another) and am mostly vege (due to ecological reasons) and i occasionally eat meat- it's like chocolate to me... once in a while, but not all the time.

i have spring break this week and have made my daughter- (all organic)- peas, sweet potatoes, bananas and avocados (her favorites), all cooked (that needed to be) blended with a little water, frozen in ice cube trays and ready to go... i don't know abou the rest of you-
but don't you just feel great after you do that? to know that you're doing something so great and nutritious for your child?

i read on the bio about the disagreement with baby food in jars, and whereas i object (i object moreso to people not feeding their child organic moreso, but you know), i tried out a couple of organic ones because i wanted to see if she agreed with them (with food allergy watch and all) before i went ahead and made it in bulk.

i wanted to write a post and introduce myself, and say hi. i probably won't be on here much because i'm a full time student, too, as well as full time (first time) mama of a 6-month old.

but let me just say i'm really glad that all of you exist and are taking steps to insure the health and well being of your child. that, to me, ensures that there will be a generation of kids that aren't growing up eating McDonald's and thinking that drinking a soda is an okay substitute for water.

i'm babbling. but yeah. yay! great.
Sunday, February 5th, 2006
9:18 pm
"The Rules"
So I know that there is a rule about freezing, defrosting, and refreezing.

Anyone know why that is a rule? How strictly do you all follow it? I ask because I made curried black beans with spinach and sweet potatoes for dinner tonight. My son really enjoyed it and I love that it has all of the important nutrients. But the spinach was frozen. So since my son loved it and there is quite a bit leftover, I would like to puree it and make some cubes for a later date. But that "rule" is kind of scaring me....
Sunday, January 8th, 2006
10:43 pm
ready for pasta?
I bought a box of whole wheat penne pasta for myself at the store yesterday, and I was wondering if I might be able to give some to my 8 month old. He already eats foods with "texture" (mashed banana with small chunks left in it, for example), and he can also pick up and eat Cheerios. Would small pieces of pasta be alright? And, if so, what can I add to it to give it a little flavor? Thanks in advance!
Saturday, December 31st, 2005
6:40 am
Starting Out
We have one more mile stone to pass (sitting up unsupported) before we start solids. We decided we want to start the baby on green beans. So what do I do? LOL - I think what we do, is just cook them according to directions and mashed them up really good and offer them to her. How much does she get at each feeding and how often do I feed her solids?

Someone had mentioned using an ice cube tray to freeze amounts of food - do I just pop the green beans in the tray and filll 'er up and then freeze it?

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005
9:19 pm
My daughter, who is 13 months, has discovered the fork. She LOOOVES the fork and keeps trying to spear anything that she can. She tries to spear with her spoons, too. She's getting to a point where she won't eat any pureed foods - she wants to feed herself or nurse.

She still only has 6 teeth, so most foods that are "forkable" are not really ones that she can have, since she can't chew them. So far, the only things I've come up for her to practice her skills on are thin slices of cheese and sliced grapes and carrots that have been steamed until they're super mushy. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

My only real restriction is that we don't eat meat...

X-posted a few spots....
Friday, December 2nd, 2005
11:59 pm
if you were going to make food for your baby and only put it in the fridge (not freeze it), how long would you consider it to be good? for example, applesauce.

i think i always let things sit too long. and no i will not tell you how long that is, lol.

my neighbor made my son apple sauce and i said he was enjoying it and she was like "what? that's no good anymore!" but she thinks she might be paranoid.

so, gimme your 2c.
Monday, November 21st, 2005
11:31 pm
I hope this is allowed and you all can help me:

My nephew is 7 months old, breastfed, and is just starting solids. While my sister in law was pregnant I came across a nifty little item that is similar to a pacifier, but instead of a nipple, there is a fine mesh baggie in which Mom can put a piece of fruit or steamed veggie. Baby chews and knaws on the baggie, and only a fine mash of the food comes out (less choking risk, baby can self pace how much he eats). She thought the idea was awesome and I hope to find these dealies before Christmas, when he will really be teething and into solids. Can anyone direct me to them? Thank you so much!

Saturday, November 5th, 2005
9:43 am
Help with hiding greens...
I am obsessed with my son getting his one green veggie, one orange veggie, and a serving of bean a day. He is one year old and up until about a month ago, it wasn't such a struggle. He has never really liked being fed, but would always tolerate one meal by spoon a day. Now he refuses that one meal : (

So I am trying to hide green veggies in everything, just a little at a time. So far I have made carrot cake muffins with a little grated kale, an omelet with spinach, and I am going to try spinach and cheese quesidilla for lunch.

Any other ideas for sneaking greens into other food? He won't eat *just* greens as finger food.

cross posted to parenting101
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005
11:10 am
New Member
Hi - my name is Amber and I have a month old daughter named Meadow. aplaceinthefrog directed me here! :)

We are going to probably start solids around 6 months which will be just in time for Christmas. I think I want to skip Gerber and the like and just jump right into "table scraps". I have a few websites that people have suggestion (Kelly Mom and Wholesome Baby Food. Are there any other websites that you can suggest to help me?

Thank you in advance.
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
11:49 am
new member post
My son has recently started on "solid" foods (just rice cereal for now, but I want to move on to fruits and veggies soon), and I have been considering preparing some of his foods at home. Does anyone have any tips on preparation and storage of homemade baby foods? How long will they keep? Some good starters (carrots, bananas, etc)? Thanks in advance!
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
6:49 am
Food preparation
When Coop was younger and I was making his babyfood, I often made more than I needed and froze portions in ice cube trays. Once frozen I would pop them out and put them in baggies.

Now that he is older and eating real food, I do something similar. I often make him batches of things like rice with tofu and vegetables, organic mac & cheese with brocolli or spinach added in, homemade soups, pasta with chickpeas and veggies and sauce etc.

I portion out a meal or two and put it in the fridge, and the rest I divide into muffin pans (using the tin-foil type liner) and freeze. With some foods, I don't even need the muffin pan, I just use the tin-foil muffin paper and then freeze inside a tupperware container or something else firm enough to help give it shape (one large container and I put the "muffins" up against each other to support their shape)

Once frozen I pop them out of the pans and put them into baggies. They make perfect 1/2 cup serving sizes, and it is easy to just take one out at a time to defrost.

Anyone else have useful hints?
Thursday, August 18th, 2005
6:57 am
Oatmeal Pancakes
While Cooper, at 15 months, is well past the "baby food" stage, I still continue to try to provide him a balanced, nutritious, diet with few to none processed foods, etc. I found this recipe and he absolutely loves it.

Oatmeal Pancakes

1 cup milk (can be soy milk, I've made it with either)
2/3 cup quick oats (not instant)

heat milk and add oats. Cover and set aside 5 minutes

2/3 cup flour (I use whole wheat)
2 TBS brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon

mix dry ingredients, make a well in the center

2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp oil
1/4 tsp vanilla

mix egg, oil & vanilla together

add egg mixture and oats to dry mix and stir well

Optional: 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

cook on a hot greased skillet

These things smell like oatmeal cookies when cooking, and have a thick hearty texture. I usually use an ice-cream scoop to ladel out the batter so I have even size pancakes, and the recipe makes about 10. Cooper will easily eat two pancakes for breakfast, and the oatmeal and whole wheat flour keep his tummy filled and satisfied.

The best part about this recipe is that these freeze and reheat really well. On the weekends I often make a double batch and freeze them, so during the week I only have to take two out at a time and pop them in the toaster.
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
8:44 pm
Anybody know a good recipe (wheat free blah blah blah) for teething biscuits?
Thursday, August 11th, 2005
10:26 am
Thoughts on Organic...
First, I want to thank the person who suggested mixing applesauce with everything. I was close to throwing the towel on certain important foods, but eats them all with applesauce. I think it is gross, but he likes it : ) I have to adjust my perspective. I used to think "Why will he he only eat applesauce?" I need to be thankful that he loves something as healthy as applesauce.

I am curious how you all feel about organic fruits and veggies. My son started solids very young. At that point I said that he would only eat 100% organic. Then lots of great fruits and veggies came in season. I had a choice between local, amazing produce and not so great organic produce. So I decided it was ok to have local, non organic produce as finger food, but if I am processing and freezing it, it should be organic.

But now I am having a hard time getting asparagus, and that is the one veggie he actually gets excited about. So I am thinking about making a batch of non-organic...

Do you do all organic, or a mix, or do you not worry about organic foods?
Sunday, July 31st, 2005
5:33 pm
Suggestions for finger foods?
I'd like to make Sophia some kind of little treats that she can feed herself. A friend recommended the Gerber Wheels, but those are full of sugar. Although she's 9 months old, she doesn't have any teeth yet so any suggestions would have to be pretty "gummable." I have given her a chickpea before and a great northern bean - she seemed to have fun with those; I'm not sure if she managed to swallow any of the latter, but she did enjoy pulling the chunks out of her mouth and putting them back in. I guess if it's messy, it's good? hehehehee
9:00 am
birthday treats
I'm looking for some good ideas for nutritious, or at least not completely unwholesome, birthday goodies. I was thinking about maybe carrot cake cupcakes. Anybody have another suggestion?
Wednesday, July 27th, 2005
9:19 am
nummy breakfast
This morning I made breakfast in the blender:

1 mango, cut up
2 TBSP plain organic whole milk yogurt
2 TBSP key lime yogurt (Yoplait)
3 ice cubes

Mangoes are high in fiber, vit C, and beta carotene. I spoon-fed half of this to Julia and she LOVED it; usually she's not so enthusiastic about breakfast. The rest I thinned out with some orange juice and drank it up! Yum yum.
Tuesday, July 19th, 2005
12:12 pm
I made the first batch of Super Porridge with oatmeal and barley. I also steamed broccoli and spinach to make Super Green Veggie Cubes. We've had all the foods by themselves before, so Rach had a bowl of Super Porridge with a Veggie Cube for breakfast.

I'd say it went over well, but it didn't really. :( We've always mixed veggies in with fruits before, so the taste was far from her liking probably. About 1/2 a tablespoon went down the hatch.

We'll try again tomorrow morning! I'm just happy that it was SO easy, SO cheap, and SO good for her. *proud*
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