Finding yummy foods to feed my almost one year old boy has become QUITE a challenge in the past month. He has become so independent that it’s hard to find things he’s able to feed himself, or things he’ll let me feed him. He has ALSO grown very picky with textures. I feel like I could go through 7 options of food in one meal…plan baby oatmeal, yogurt, sweet potatoes, noodles, Gerber pasta stuff, pureed and whole fruit, etc., etc… the list goes on. As a result to my growing frustration with feeding times I went on to WholesomeBabyFood.com and searched for new ideas on foods he may enjoy eating or feeding himself. I gave three items a shot, one was a HIT, one is iffy, and the other he just spit out.
The first item I made was:
6 medium to large sweet potatoes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F)
Scrub sweet potatoes, clean and/or peel them if baby cannot handle the skins
Cut the sweet potatoes into sizes that will suit your needs or, cut into strips that you may then cut down after baking
In a large bowl, add about 1/4 cup of olive oil.
To this you may add cinnamon, ginger, a pinch of brown sugar, etc.. (I add cinnamon and sometimes a bit of brown sugar).
Toss the cut up sweet potatoes into the bowl and stir so that the potatoes are drenched with the olive oil mix.
Dump mixture onto a baking sheet and drizzle the remaining olive oil in the bowl over the potatoes on the baking sheet. Stir and swirl the potatoes on the baking sheet before placing in oven. Bake for approx 30-45minutes or until tender.
The skins may become crispy but the actual potato “meat” will not. They will be a bit mushy like. These will not look or bake up like regular white potato French Fries so don’t be alarmed.
For us this was not a hit. He did not like the texture, and I can’t figure out why, but he would spit them out just as fast as they would be put in his mouth. Us as parents, on the other hand, thought they were SO yummy!!
The next thing I tried was:
You can add meats and veggies to this rice dish and serve as a meal for baby. It will also puree well. This recipe makes a traditional congee. It will be soupy so when you read that it calls for 12 cups of broth/stock, you have read correctly and there is no error in measurements.
12 cups Chicken or Vegetable broth
1 1/2 cup jasmine rice
1. Combine 12 cups of chicken or vegetable broth with 1 1/2 cups of jasmine rice in a large stockpot.
2. Add a couple of slices of fresh peeled ginger for extra flavor. (Ginger is a natural tummy soother)
3. Bring to a boil.
4. Turn heat down to a simmer and cook for about 1 1/2 hours or until rice turns very smooth and creamy. Stir occasionally.
5. The rice will break up to a porridge-like consistency.
6. Cool the mixture, remove the ginger slices and spoon rice into ice-cube trays and freeze overnight then break cubes into freezer bags and store in freezer for up to 2 months.
For us, this started off well and he was eating it… BUT he soon realized the texture of the rice was not to his liking and he would spit it out, once again, as quickly as I’d get it in. I AM NOT DONE WITH THIS YET…. I made a HUGE pot of it, and I am going to mash it up int he blender with potatoes or something to try to make it more interesting to him. We’ll see how that goes.
The last item I made was this:
Monkey Cookies (may turn out soft)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup butter/margarine, softened
2 bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 400F degrees
Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Mix well.
Add butter or margarine. Mix well.
Add remaining ingredients. Mix well.
Drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet. Bake around 12 minutes.
Makes about 3 dozen. These are very cake-like and you may wish to add more flour for a stiffer “cookie”.
These were a hit for the whole family!! Isaiah loves them, and we love them! Isaiah’s Birthday Party is a monkey theme and I will TOTALLY be making these for the party! They were so easy to make, and so much cheaper than buying cookies at the store. I will continue to make these, bananas are a hit for Isaiah!
So readers… if you have ANY suggestions for me on ways to get food into my little man’s tummy that doesn’t involve me following him around the house with yogurt, let me know!! I NEED YOUR HELP!