The Joys of Cooking for a Baby…

Matthew and I both love and live to eat and it is our hope to raise our children to enjoy food as much as we do.  With the combination of Bianca vomiting after every single meal, weighing in at only 20th percentile for her age group, and my inability to produce breast milk after the first 3 months; I was concerned all the time about her future eating behaviors.

All my worries fortunately disappeared when she started eating solids at 5 months of age.  Our pediatrician was never too concerned about introducing foods in “stages”.  Instead, he is in full support of my wishes of feeding her normal human foods.  The only items he wanted us to avoid are nuts and honey for fear of allergy and botulism.

Despite her vomiting troubles with breast milk and formula, Bianca turned out to have a monstrous appetite for solid foods.  The first time she tried solids was at our friend Dr. Ghim‘s house.  They made this beef ragu sauce that she loved and ended up eating a whole tablespoonful of it.  Ever since then she’s tried everything from eel to french toast.  The way she eats reminds me of a goldfish that always has its mouth open and never gets full.  Her love of food has ignited a passion for cooking in me that I have never felt before.  Everyday now I’m looking up new recipes and going to the grocery store to shop for food.  I typically make her an egg dish in the morning alongside her formula.  For school lunch I either pack fruits or left overs from the night before.  For dinner we all sit down and eat together.   Here are some quick and simple recipes that we have enjoyed together as a family:

Creamy Carrot Soup

Coq au vin

Poached Salmon with Brown Sugar Mustard Glaze

Shrimp Risotto

Avocado and Tomato Soup

For other baby/child cooking inspirations, I also recommend reading the book Hungry Monkey by Matthew Amster-Burton.  He is a Seattle based food critic and the book chronicles food adventures he enjoyed with his young daughter.  I thought it was an excellent read.