sometimes it just takes a little creativity to promote nutrition & satisfy a [almost] toddler’s growing palate.
also, food just tastes better when it is a pretty color.
a while back i made myself a salad of chopped purple cabbage, shredded carrots, diced dried apricots, & vanilla yogurt. robert doesn’t eat this kind of thing so after three days i was pretty tired of eating this for lunch, snack, snack, dinner, you know? after consulting the trusty internet//my own mama instincts, i threw it all in a pot & cooked it. then i pulsed it in the blender a few times. the color is so beautiful! Voilà! baby food. it freezes well, too. archer really loves it!
also, as a firm believer in ‘waste not want not’ i kept the bones and leftover rosemary from our easter lamb to make stock. bone broth is sooo good for us humans, too! i threw the rosemary & bones in my crock pot with some celery leaves, two carrots, peppercorns, a couple bay leaves, & just covered it all with water. cooked on low all day. mmm it smelled glorious. i froze the stock in ice cube trays to use in sauces & soups.
for archer, i saved the cooked carrots, celery, and lean lamb meat. for some reason, archer wasn’t a fan of the cooked veggies and shredded meat on their own. sooo, i heated it all up with a bit of stock & processed it in our blender. with whole milk to drink & some baby barley or rice stirred in i have a pretty darn balanced baby meal. and he loves it! score!