It's been quite a while since my last post, partly because life has been hectic, and partly because I've been in a rut when it comes to feeding William! He has become increasingly independent in his feeding, except when it comes to using a spoon! From the ages of 6-10 months, he would put the (pre-filled) spoon in his mouth, but now he wants us to feed him. He opens his mouth like a little baby bird.
Being creative with finger foods can be challenging, especially when you are trying to make them interesting and flavorful. Steamed veggies are not all that interesting! In the past week, I've tried to get back on track, and I thought I'd share some of our newest tasty ideas with you.
1. Spiced Squash: Cut a whole butternut squash into inch-thick slices and steam until just soft, but not falling apart. Allow to cool and cut off skin, then cut into long strips. Heat butter or oil in a pan and toss squash in it. Add a dash of nutmeg and some dried sage. Allow to cool well (the butter/oil will retain heat for a while) and serve.
2. Raw Greens: Try shredding a little fresh basil, parsley, spinach or lettuce for baby to munch on. I was surprised when William reached for my mixed baby greens salad, but it turns out he loves it!
3. Savory Pancake: 2 egg yolks, a splash of half and half, a tablespoon of cottage cheese (or grated cheddar), sprinkle of dill, garlic powder and black peeper. Whisk together with fork and slowly add powdered baby cereal until a batter-like (pourable but thick) consistency. Cook in a pan with butter or oil, flipping once.
4. Pasta (with hidden veggies): Toss cooked pasta with cooked frozen peas and diced steamed zucchini (or any other veggies) and a tiny bit of marinara sauce and butter or olive oil. Warm up and add some grated cheese (I used freshly grated Romano), mixing well.