Oh dear, it’s been more than two years between posts! That is a while between drinks, sorry dear readers (if there are any of you left!)
So, a quick update:
- Abby is now 4 1/2!! Eek! She’s awesome in all ways, and challenging in all ways, as all pre-schoolers should be!
- We have a second daughter, Emily, who’s almost 19 months, who is similarly awesome but challenging – I think this explains the lack of posts!
- We bought a house! It has a lovely backyard, but my growing attempts have been largely unsuccessful – I tried to replicate the awesome passionfruit vine that grew of its own volition in our previous place, but sadly it has had limited success thus far. We have had some lovely strawberries and blueberries, but we have also had possums, who are quicker than we are 😦
- I have continued cooking and freezing!! Mostly for my two voracious eaters – they are very keen on their food, which is great, but makes it feel like we have two teenage boys in the house on occasion!!
Feeding an 18 month old
Emily loves food in general, and I did a similar use of purees and a bit of baby-led weaning with her. Breakfasts, she loves porridge, hot, cold or in between, and she can feed it to herself which is great! She also loves Weetbix, toast, and fruit, so she gets a pretty good amount of variety – she will eat two serves of Weetbix and two pieces of toast in a sitting!
Lunches, she loved soup (I didn’t try that early enough with Abby, who isn’t a fan), so for about a year, she had a veggie soup for lunch every day – literally whatever veggies in the fridge, a bit of ginger, some veggie stock and some canned beans, blitzed up in the Nutribullet and then put into a Sinchie reusable pouch. I’d make a big batch, freeze them, and then she’d eat them directly out of the pouch after they defrosted a bit in hot water!!
This was a great way of ensuring lots of veggies and liquid for lunch – add a cheese stick, some fruit and some bread and avocado and she was very happy! Of course, about a month ago she became more picky and won’t have the soup anymore – oh well, it was good while it lasted!!
Dinners, she loves to feed herself, so I used to make purees of meat and veggies ie chicken, beef, lamb, whatever we’d been eating, and give them to her with couscous or pasta – again, great to freeze and use! She is now going through a picky phase, though, and seems to have taken against these nice easy meals! So I’m separating things out a bit and seeing how she goes, she loves meat and some veggies, but is teething and picky!
Go to foods are all the dairy (cheese, milk, yogurt), bread, berries, bananas, crackers, eggs – the usual toddler fare! I’m trying to get her to eat more veg by themselves – she loves peas, but comes and goes with all others.
Feeding a 4 1/2 year old
Abby is a great eater, but eats a little less than Em, which is funny! She also prefers meals separated ie meat and veg and carb separately rather than soups or stews or curries – they like to make it harder for me! Breakfast is Cheerios or weetbix or porridge or toast.
Lunch – last year Abby started at a preschool where we have to pack her lunch – so annoying! Luckily though she is happy to have the same thing every day – an avocado wrap, strawberries, cucumber, crackers with Laughing Cow cheese, and something baked if I’ve got it, ie muffin or cookie or pancake. Recently she’s rejected the cheese, however – any hints on a protein that I could include, bearing in mind that the centre is nut and egg free?
Dinner – pasta and sauce is acceptable, as is pasta by itself with meat (chicken, kangaroo, lamb, sausage) with veggies on the side. She is pretty good with veggies, likes broccoli, carrot, sweet potato, cucumber, tomatoes, corn.
She loves sushi, scrambled eggs, crackers, fruit, pancakes – the photo below shows my attempt to make butterfly-shaped ones using cookie cutters, which were a bit deep so made it hard to cook the second side – any tips for lower shaped ones?
So that’s my food update for the moment – I haven’t baked bread in a while, my starter sadly died due to lack of use, and my garden is sorely lacking, but I will get there! And I will attempt more regular updates 🙂