In this episode I get some help from my good friend Rachel of Carrots for Lunch with healthy snack recipes, that are yummy but still keep me on track for my weight loss (so I guess somewhat guilt free:)).
The warden and I are both big foodies and it's no surprise that we wanted Mason to be one as well. We wanted to make sure that we didn't raise a picky eater, so we started Mason on solids at an early age; at 4 months. Some mothers may think it's a little too early, but after consulting with his pediatrician he advised us that it was totally fine and especially because Mason had really strong neck support at a young age and he was able to sit in a high chair.
Even though he was ready to start solids I didn't want to feed him store bought jars and pouches; instead I wanted to invest the time to prepare all of his purées. So I did a lot of research as to what was good for a baby's taste buds but also nutritious. This than started to become an obsession and meal planning and recipe research consumed my life. I thought with all of the work I did I would document it on the blog and share it with you all.
This recipe was the first thing I gave Mason when we started to introduce grains into his diet (about 5 months). The main ingredient in this purée is quinoa; quinoa is one of the most protein rich foods we can eat and has twice as much fiber as other grains. Mason needed protein in his system because he wouldn't eat meat for awhile so this was a simple way for me to get protein and iron into him.
1/2 cooked qunioa
1 1/2 cup of frozen peaches
1 cup of frozen corn
1 cup of frozen peas
(I only buy organic ingredients but it's not a must- it's just a personal preference)
1. Cook the qunioa and let it cool to room temperature- I use a rice cooker but if you don't have one just use a pot it's very easy (ratio water to quinoa is 2:1)
2. Steam the corn and peas- follow instructions according to the package usually it takes 3 minutes
3. In a blender blend all of the ingredients together- I usually add around 100 ml of my breast milk to make the consistency smoother and give the food more nutrients
I know its cliche to say how having a child can change your life! Obviously its life changing! There is now one extra person you have to look after besides yourself. No more picking up at any given second to do whatever you want. But honestly there isn't anything else in this world that makes me happier. Seeing this kid turn 6 months has been a delight; as its kind of like seeing a reflection of all of my hard work that I have put into him since pregnancy. I am so blessed to have this King in my life as I am now his gracious servant lol!