It’s been fun experimenting for miss Veggie Baby. What will she eat? What will she turn her adorable button nose up at? How far can I go, and how much can I get away with?
With the original single-veg or fruit purees tested and received without incident, I’ve been mixing it up, creating new things and on the lookout for inspiration.
The first time I tried a little curry powder… just the teensiest taste… I was met with an unimpressed look. I wasn’t sure whether it was the curry, or the texture of the lentils, as I’d left it less pureed than usual. I mixed it with a little mashed potato, and bam, we had a winner.
Dear child, I didn’t eat curry until I was at least five. You rule.
This is the simplest curry ever, super-easy and takes just minutes to make. The sweetness of the fresh corn lends a good counterbalance to the “new” flavour of the curry. To be honest… I’d even eat it. In fact, it was hard not to when she originally refused to eat it, and if it wasn’t for my dogged determination to try again, I would have!
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 clove garlic
1/2 large carrot or 1 small, diced
1/2 cob fresh sweetcorn, kernels sliced off
1/2 cup red lentils
1/8 tsp curry powder, or whatever you’re comfortable with.
1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan and add water until it just covers the veggies.
2. Cook on medium-low heat until everything is soft enough to puree.
3. If your baby looks at you like you’ve lost your mind, mix it with a little leftover mash. They’ll love you again.
Meanwhile, if you’re concerned about the food marketing techniques used to target your children (I’m sure I’ll be defenceless against Veggie Baby’s future pester power… have you seen that face?), then The Parent’s Jury is inviting you to have your say at the Fame and Shame Awards.
You get to vote on the companies that are doing it right, and the companies that have it so, so wrong.