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Adventures in baby food

Friday, January 16th, 2009

As we have dutifully reported (for posterity, of course), Lucy is now rounding out her diet to include many other things besides milk.  Each new food is a fun experiment for Lucy and for me too.  I’ve been using the Super Baby Food book by Ruth Yaron as a guide to create homemade baby food.  It’s relatively easy to do and gratifying because Lucy seems to like what I make.

So far her foods fall into two categories: cereals and veggies/fruits.  We buy the cereals because I just couldn’t quite see the value in milling the grain myself as Yaron describes.  Perhaps it isn’t as intensive as it seems – I look to Kara for a review of that process.  The veggies and fruits, however, we cook and mash ourselves.  Finally my blender is being put to good use!  We’re also starting to get some use out of the baby food grinder (Eben called it the baby grinder, but, again, we’re not grinding up the baby!) which makes very easy work of a banana (admittedly, I could do this by hand, but then I wouldn’t get to use the gadget!).  Here’s the current list of foods Lucy likes:

peas, bananas, rice cereal, oatmeal cereal, barley cereal, zucchini (which smells gross to me), butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots.  We’re hoping to try some peaches today as well!

pureed peaches

pureed peaches

Next week we’re going to start introducing some protein into her diet in the form of raw egg yolks.  Our pediatrician pointed out that this was the one thing we couldn’t buy at Whole Foods – we need to get pasteurized eggs (which sadly are not organic or free range).  But it will be interesting to see how she feels about them, and I’m sure Eben and I will get to eat a lot of meringue cookies with all those extra egg whites – yum!

pea and butternut squash cubes

pea and butternut squash cubes

I love all the rich colors of the pureed food, but I’ll admit they are a little bland for my taste.  Lucy just gets so excited about her food though!

And in other food news (and I only post this because I have already secured our spot), the Penn’s Corner Farm Alliance 2009 CSA applications are available – soon Lucy will be eating good, locally grown foods right along with us!  We HIGHLY recommend this CSA and cannot wait for April and our first box of food – even the kale (well… maybe not the kale, but we’ll eat it even if we don’t love it).

Happy eating!