I love it. I can't get enough of it.
It has been one of the unexpected delights of Motherhood. Each week, I map out a new course for what the Bear will try. And so far, so good. We've had no allergic reactions to anything, as well as no food aversions. Scotty wasn't a big fan of just plain rice cereal (he kept making this face at me like, "Really, Mom? It tastes like wall paper paste.") but everything else, he has eaten with zeal.
And I'm making it with zeal. After our first disastrous attempt that involved me scraping zucchini off of my kitchen ceiling, it's been smooth sailing. I've also found that with a little prep work, I can make a month's worth of meals in about two hours. I'm not sure I'm saving money at this point, since I splurged on a really lovely All-Clad steamer pot from Williams-Sonoma, but it makes me deliriously happy to know exactly what my baby is eating and how it has been prepared. And the fact that the shiny silver pot is rather aesthetically is a bonus.
So far, we have tried (and loved) avocados, sweet peas, sweet potatoes, bananas, green apples, red delicious apples, Bosch pears, blueberries, carrots, zucchini, and zucchini with mint. As of yesterday,I just made and froze Yukon gold potato whip, cauliflower, and asparagus. I've never been a big fan of cauliflower, but after steaming it and then blending it, I was so enamoured with the velvety, rich concoction that I actually raced upstairs, spoon in hand, to feed a little of it to Brian. And even he agreed - it was delicious. Sadly, our house now smells like it, but at least Scotty can enjoy the fruits of my labor.
Aside from the produce, we've also been having fun with grains. I found this great book that recommends making your own rice and grain cereals; all that is needed is a grinder. So now our fridge it stuffed with organic, unprocessed brown rice and millet, a type of yellowish grain. I simply blend the rice until it has the consistency of dust, then whisk it into boiling water and cover it for ten minutes. The result? Super porridge. Scotty has his super porridge every morning, mixed with a fruit, and he loves it. Mom loves it too - I have to stop myself from eating off of his spoon.
And we've also started him on a little bit of whole milk yogurt, too. I mix it with a fruit and he has that with his lunch. In fact, yesterday's meal looked like this: