There’s nothing worse than parents that limit their kids when it comes to food. “You don’t eat that, that’s too strong and spicy for you!”. “What can I offer your kid?”, I ask and parents reply: “Just a slice of bread will be fine, thanks!”. If I were the kid, I’d wonder how the hell anyone else could possibly know what I do and do not like, thank you very much?
Our little girl eats anything and we try to let our own personal preferences influence her as little as possible. For instance, I’m not a huge fan of fish, but I make sure to cook it for the whole family and make sure the baby gets her share. H eats pretty much anything but mashed potatoes and it’s strictly forbidden to say a single bad word about it in this house.
What we don’t serve our baby is what babies are generally not allowed to eat: salt, sugar, honey, egg whites and dairy products (we’ve started with yoghurt, curd and butter, but plain cow’s milk is still off her menu for at least another couple of months). Everything else she eats and appreciates, especially strong flavors like onions, garlic, chili etc. This morning when I was brewing a home-made cold remedy (garlic, onion, ginger and honey; sounds downright disgusting but tastes like heaven and will cure the toughest of colds), I gave baby a huge clove of garlic to chew on. If she didn’t like it, she’d just leave it on the floor, if she did, she’d get a good bite of nature’s best antibiotic and have a chance at dodging daddy’s cold. She absolutely loved it!
Moral of the story? Offer your child a taste of everything, don’t care about the stereotypical “kids don’t like strong foods”. The sooner your kid gets acquainted with different flavors, the more likely it is she won’t turn into someone who’s picky with their food. On top of that you won’t have to settle for bland and tasteless food just because you’re preparing the same meal for the whole family. There’s so many other ways to add flavor to your food if you’re excluding salt and sugar!
Chicken nuggets (it’s a fantastic recipe I accidentally put together the first time I was cooking chicken mince, I’ll share it with you guys someday) were on the menu and what you see above is baby’s plate. When I’m preparing the mince, I mix all the other ingredients in a large bowl, then take baby’s share (a spoonful or so) and put it in a different bowl before adding salt to our batch. Once I start frying the nuggets I start by cooking hers so they have time to cool before it’s time to eat.
By the way, since cooking is my #1 hobby and because the kitchen is my sanctuary, I thought I’d another category to the blog. It’s gonna be called “what’s for…?” and I’ll post about what’s for lunch, dinner and dessert for both us and the baby. Little posts about dinner inspiration, meals you can easily cook and adapt to a baby’s needs and maybe a favorite recipe or two… do you like the idea?