Since Gabriel started eating baby food, I’ve quickly come to realize that the cost of those colorful little cubes and jars of perfectly pureed baby cuisine is quickly adding up!
I’ve also realized that my seventh-month-old son eats way more fruits and vegetables than his parents do. That’s going to change. This week, I spent a lot more time than usual in the produce section of Kroger, purchasing a sweet potato, snap peas, green beans, peaches and several other veggies and fruits. I felt sort of embarrassed, adventurous and wholesome all at the same time. My vegetable reportoire used to consist pretty much of peas, corn, green beans and salad. Now I’m breaking out the cookbooks and challenging our taste buds, because I want to feed good and healthy food to my family! Adventures and news on that front sure to follow on the blog.
So, Michael and I have decided (well, I convinced Michael) to start making most of our own baby food. Before doing any reading or talking to friends, I started out last week with the idea that I could just puree anything I wanted to and feed that to Gabriel. My first few tries were sort of pitiful. I tried using my little Cuisinart chopper to puree some leftover apples. Gabriel wouldn’t have any of it, and I couldn’t get them to quite get that creamy puree texture. It did not occur to me that maybe I should cook them first. I also tried my little Cuisinart on some watermelon and strawberry, which Gabriel didn’t like so much either. In the end, it took a kindhearted and knowing comment from my friend Lucy for me to realize that I should try steaming and cooking things before I set the little Cuisinart on them.
I realized that, if I was going to start making my own baby food, I’d have to get out of my comfort zone and start using some of those kitchen appliances that people give us for our wedding and holidays that I laugh about inside because I don’t think I’ll ever use them. See the heavy duty Duo Pressure Cooker With Steam Basket Insert below. It’s a beast.
And Gabriel liked the green beans with breadcrumbs, olive oil, salt and pepper and some light seasonings that I made for dinner a few nights ago (I just Magic Bulleted a few for him as well.)