Us and the kids

Us and the kids

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Mealtimes can be quite a challenge in our house. First up, I have to cater for myself, who could stand to lose a few pounds (or even stone), and Hubby, who is thin as a rake with an annoyingly fast metabolism and is prone to headaches if his blood sugar drops too low. Then there's Dearest Son, aged nearly five, who sees eating as a chore rather than a pleasure, unless of course it's junk food with zero nutritional value. Add to the mix Darling Daughter, who is six months old and getting started with weaning, and you can probably see how hard it can be to cook a meal that the whole family can (and will) eat.

I'm sure there must be other families out there facing a similar challenge, which is why I decided to start blogging a few of my favourite recipes and hacks, in the hope that other mummies (and daddies) may find them useful.

Spaghetti

Tips and hacksPosted by Naomi Thu, August 18, 2016 21:35:05
As I get to grips with baby-led weaning, I'm finding that some meals are easier than others to share with a baby. For example, the chicken goujons and sweet potato chips in my last recipe are pretty easy to give to Darling Daughter in a way that she can grasp them and self-feed; however, if I were to try this with a plate of spaghetti bolognese, it would likely result in a lot of mess and a frustrated baby.

Often, however, a little creativity is all that's needed to provide Darling Daughter with food that she can manage, that is not too dissimilar from what the rest of us are eating, and that takes little to no extra effort to prepare. For example, penne or fusilli pasta shapes are easy for a six-month-old to hold, soft enough for her to eat with her toothless gums, and can easily be chucked in with the pan of spaghetti to cook at the same time. (I use wholemeal spaghetti and pasta for improved nutritional value.)

Many pasta sauces are quite high in salt and sugar, and even my homemade bolognese sauce contains salty stock cubes and a little sugar - it's what gives us the flavour my family likes, and the quantities of sugar and salt are not excessive for adults and older children, but might be a little high for a just-weaning baby. Plus, can you imagine the mess as a baby tries to self-feed it!

My solution at this early stage of weaning is what I like to call "deconstructed macaroni cheese": a couple of pasta shapes, a couple of pieces of cheddar and a couple of cucumber sticks. Simple, easy to eat and a good mixture of foods for Darling Daughter to try.

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