Chef MaMa.

Yesterday I spent four hours in my kitchen, used 7 different fruits and vegetables, two pans, four knives, three pots, a cutting board and a food processor, and ended up with a giant pile of mush. Don't worry- that was the intention.

I've been feeding CeCe store-bought baby food for a while, but even I am sick of the same boring flavors on rotation. Sweet potato, peas, squash ... applesauce, bananas, pears ... repeat next week.

Ce doesn't complain, but if she could talk I imagine she would say something like, "Hey Mom, can't a baby get some pureed variety in this house?"

Here is what is on the menu for the CeCe-Bear in the coming weeks:

-Acorn Squash. I had never cooked a food that looked like a lumpy green bowling ball before, but it actually turned out very tasty, in my opinion. I sliced it open and dug out all the seeds in the center, put the halves skin side up in a pan with about an inch of water and baked for 40 minutes on 350 degrees.
Make sure you cut the skin off before you puree.

-Eggplant. I love eggplant, but I didn't take into account the seeds. That is not a diaper I want to change.
I quartered and baked the eggplant for 30 minutes at 375 degrees to soften it up. I couldn't quite get all the seeds out, but I used the lower, less-seedy half of each slice to make little sticks to use as a finger food. I removed the skin on this as well, since I realized how bitter it is after I tested it out. It would have been funny to see the look on the baby's face if she tasted it though.

- Asparagus. Boil til tender, puree, voila! Smelly baby urine was never so easy to accomplish.

- Carrots. I steamed carrots slices in the microwave in a covered glass bowl with a little water for about 8 minutes on high. I used the skinnier part to make finger foods and the wide chunks for pureeing.

- Avocado. Best recipe ever: Cut open. Scoop out guts. Smash.

I also wanted to expose Ce to corn and potatos, but since they are not as nutritous as other veggies I used these two to make "garden medleys." Carrots and corn blend well together, as did the squash and potatos.

If anyone has a recipe or cooking tip I would love to hear it! My latest dilemma is that Ce despises all the store-bought pureed meat (and I don't blame her.) I'm fine with raising a vegetarian baby, but at least want her to know that turkey doesn't always have the texture of lumpy Elmer's glue.

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