Babies Love Kale
It blows my mind that I have given birth to a baby who scowls and gags when I give her an avocado, but will happily scarf down some kale. Will wonders never cease?
Yesterday afternoon, while Lila napped (YAY for a regular nap schedule, by the way. Lately, she’s gotten into a very regular two-nap-a-day schedule, and it. is. awesome.), I cooked up a BIG pot of brown rice.
I felt kind of lame, becoming one of those people who cooks a big pot of grain to use in meals for the rest of the week. I don’t know…it felt so…MOM-ish. But even I have to admit, it will be REALLY nice to have this rice to use throughout the week. We’ve gotten really bad about buying those microwave rice bags—one of those bags costs four dollars for about two servings, and our big bag of regular brown rice cost five dollars for twenty servings. Winning!
Are people still saying that? I am.
Anyway, while she slept, I cooked the brown rice. I left it unseasoned so that I could use it for both her meals AND ours throughout the week.
Then, I got to cooking. I combined a 1/2 cup brown rice, a leaf of kale, and a medium-sized carrot with about 1/2 cup of water plus a sprinkle of basil (to make it fancy ) in a saucepan. I let it cook for about 10 minutes (and had to add a little more water), until the carrot was starting to get a little soft.
Then, I transferred the mix to the food processor…and voila:
Baby food! This is only about two servings—I’ll start making the food in bigger batches (to freeze) once I know which combos she likes. If there’s something that I make that she completely gags at, I certainly don’t want to make 20 servings of it!
…she didn’t gag with this one at all! She really liked this, in fact!
She’s doing well with this level of texture—it’s not smooth and pureed, but it’s also not totally chunky.
After I got home from yoga, Ryan and I had a chicken taco dinner:
He kept a large portion of the chicken plain—again, I’ll use it for meals later in the week for us, and we’ll also give some to Lila throughout the week. Last night was her first time eating chicken on its own (as opposed to in pre-made food), and she really liked it:
She really liked eating the chicken and the brown rice/kale/carrot mix with her own fingers—again, this texture level is nice because she can feed herself (but we don’t have to worry as much about choking), but I can also still feed her with the spoon in between her “bites.”
Lila and I are headed to Little Gym this morning, and then Ryan and I have a few hours to do work while our nanny comes. The spring semester is fast approaching!!! Gah!!
Have a great day!