Friday, August 27, 2010
Screw You Grillo's Pickles!...a Baby Food Rant (and some raves)
Picture found on Pickle Freak.
F**k you Grillos Pickles! No seriously, my kid is on a hardcore food strike and will eat nothing but you. Oh yes, you had to be all tasty and what not and now? Mama's homemade baked peaches are just too bland for my kid. Ive tried it all, even offering my leftover boxed mac and cheese that I would normally never allow him to eat and here I am waving it in his face and nothing. All he wants is your tangy goodness. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. So thanks Grillos for creating the world's best tasting pickle and turning my normally easy child into a royal pain in the ass. You've not only ruined any chance of his daily food intake being nutritionally balanced but also ruined my day. To top it off, the pickles make him all burpy and while he may find this hilarious, I do not.
Okay, in all seriousness. I love me some Grillos Pickles and you will too so you should hurry and order some.
Back to my kiddos food strike. All of a sudden he seems to have some serious opinions about food and what he wants on his plate. I have been struggling to find finger foods he can handle with his mostly toothless grin that are good for him.
I started out making all his baby food. I then explored some easy to go pre-made foods and I have since compiled a pretty good list of what I think should be homemade and whats good store bought. I will say some of the stuff I bought I literally took one bite of and threw in the trash. Most of it never even hit Henry's lips.
Wanna know what sucked?
Anything Gerber...yuck. We bought the peaches and that was it. It smelled nothing like our homemade peaches. It looked nothing like real peaches and it tasted like poo.
Earth's Best Zucchini Broccoli Medley. One word...SLOP.
Happy Baby Pouch in Apricot and Sweet Potatoes. It was so overly pureed it was like water. The taste was mediocre at best.
Plum organics takes the cake for sure. I love every flavor. The Just Mangoes and the Just Peaches are bomb. The Blueberry, pear and purple carrot was super tasty and I mix the apple&carrot blend with Moroccan couscous for dinner. Delish!
Sprout Organics is super yummy. I wasn't able to find a lot of their flavors. I would have loved to try the Pasta with Lentil Bolognese and the Summer Squash, Yukon Gold Potatoes, and Parmesan. Has anyone tried them? Let me know what you think. However, Hendrix did try the Oatmeal with Roasted Cinnamon Applesauce (YUM!!!) and the Peach Rice Pudding. Both were fantastic.
Happy Baby frozen yes Peas (with mint) and Thank You Carrots are a good frozen option. But honestly, if I'm going to buy frozen I would just make it myself instead. The whole point, for me anyways, was to buy only pre-made baby food for situations where I couldn't thaw his meals out. I would recommend the peas though, H dug them.
He loves Earth's Best Carrot Tomato which I put over pasta like a sauce. The Pear Mango is pretty good and the Corn Butternut Squash was tasty.
Hendrix seems to have an affinity for things with a bit of a kick to them (hence the Grillos Pickles obsession). For example he refuses plain avocado but adores guacamole. He's not a fan of scrambled eggs unless you add a dollop of mild salsa. Likes his carrots with a pinch of curry. Mashed potatoes? Throw on some pepper, garlic, and parmesan and he will gobble 'em up.
I'm interested in trying some of the World Baby Foods but our local Whole Foods doesn't carry it. They are a company making baby food with exotic flavors from around the world. sounds enticing...
Since the beginning I have been making H his purees and some have been terrific and others have been major failures. I'll be posting some of my fav recipes on here over the next week or so.
I am curious... what do you all feed you lil ones? Store bought or homemade what are your favorites? What did you hate?