Thursday, April 28, 2011

Chef "Boy-I-Hope-It's-Good"

     When we found out that we were expecting a little one, we began discussing ALL of the major decisions that needed to be made:

What will we name her?

Will I still work, or will I be a full time Momma?

Will I nurse, or go straight to formula?

Will we bank her cord blood?

Will I make her food, or just buy?

     Which brings me to my story/recipe.  We decided, that if I was going to be home (WHICH I LOOOOVE!), that I would like to make all of Gwen's food.  So, from the start, I have made whatever Gwen has eaten, but, it has been easy.  I have just been steaming veggies, or cooking/mashing fruit, then pureeing it to a consistency of Gwen's liking.  Well, when we went to the Dr. last week we got the "go ahead" on meats... ahh.  I was soooo nervous.  But, Monday night, we took the plunge.

I have a baby puree recipe book that I have been using, and this seemed like a yummy (or as yummy as it could get) recipe to  start with. 

 Sounds good to me...

I was feeling VERY intimidated.  I guess, I just was venturing into unchartered territory, and worried for Gwen, lol.

Well, I chopped everything up, and started the saute.

 This looks like stew or even chicken noodle soup to me, but it isn't, it is onion, chicken, sweet potato, and apple.

After it was cooked, it headed over to my favorite kitchen gadget, the Magic Bullet (I swear by this thing!!!).

Here's the final product.

Not too bad looking, for baby food.

Of course, I had to try it first.  I think the best way to explain it would be to say, that it is what I imagine the gum in Willa Wonka and the Chocolate Factory would taste like.  First you taste the chicken and onion, then notice the sweet potatoes, and then the hint of apples.  I wonder if that's what Roald Dahl had in mind when he came up with that idea... :)

Now, onto the REAL test, my customer.  :)  She made her usual face, as she does with all new foods... but this was the result...
I'd say Gwen is one happy customer!

     I am feeling a little less nervous about this "make it myself" journey, just hoping that my girl likes all of my food, or at least eats it all.  I'll keep you up to date on our progress!


P.S.  Look at how much 1 sweet potato, 4 ounces of chicken, 1/4 cup of onion, and 1/2 of an apple made!  And, this doesn't even include what I gave to Gwen!


the workaholic momma said...

Good job, momma! That looks awesome - I've been making Addie's food but only single purees - we haven't ventured down the combinig tastes path yet - but I'm so glad to hear it turned out well - I've been nervous about the next step!

Ashley T said...

That looks yummy :-) great job!

Here's something I never thought of until just now - do you freeze the extra containers? Or do they have to stay fresh?

Just wondering how much life you get out of making a batch of her food.

Tatiana said...

that looks really good! I've been seriously debating making my own baby food. It's cheaper, and a lot tastier and more healthy for her. I just need a good blender. I've heard great things about the magic bullet, so I may start looking out for one :-)

Natalie said...

Great job gal! I make my own baby food too...but not to the meat stage...glad to here it can go well! :)