As I gear up to go back to school mid-January I’ve been trying to find meals that I can prepare before I leave (evening classes) and hubby can have ready when I get home. In such an experiment I tried my very first crock pot roast—quite a feat that I’ve gotten to the ripe age of 21 before doing so when I live in The Land of Crock Pot Cooking. Anywho, Peanut loooved it.
She started off with meat first—like father like daughter. She put her new choppers to good use shredding the meat so it was easier to eat. Don’t worry if your babe doesn’t have teeth because Peanut handled Grandma’s roasts just fine by gumming it.
Mmm… potatoes. At 9 months, Peanut can handle pretty much any shape, so I cut them into cubes. Obviously if she were younger I would do sticks.
Finally, carrots. I just took baby carrots and chopped them in half. I could have kept them the size they already come in and been fine, but I was a little chop happy because I was using the neat squiggly cut thingy.
I’m slightly worried I’ve “spoiled” Peanut with how I cook her veggies. I’ve always done al dente because it’s supposed to be easier for them to handle when they’re first starting to eat—not too hard, but not too soft—and quite frankly that’s how I prefer them. The other night when we went to my mom’s for dinner and she cooked her veggies (she admits) too much, Peanut wouldn’t touch them. I guess I should just be happy that she eats vegetables at all. That’s one perk to baby-led weaning!
Peanut has started this cute thing. When she was younger, she would eat something until it got small enough that it was “trapped” in her hand, then she would drop it. Now once it gets too small she uses the other hand to push it from her hand to her mouth. It’s amazing to watch them learn!