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Real Food

December 6, 2011

When I was pregnant with Logan, a friend lent me the book “Real Food for Mother and Baby” by Nina Planck. In it she presents an interesting notion about how and what to introduce for a baby’s first foods.

At the most basic level, Planck suggests giving baby real, whole foods. Nothing packaged, nothing pureed.  She suggests that the best place to obtain real nutrients is from real food – ie) we get iron from meat, not cereal.

I was quickly on board with most of her ideas: Give baby whole foods,( a pear for example,) and let them chew away. Babies have hard gums – they do not need teeth to chew. She suggests that good first foods are proteins (meat and yogurt) and good fats (avocado and olive oil). She sees no need for purees and spoons.

Having been down the puree road with Tristan, I was interested and intrigued to try this new approach with Logan. There was just one thing that I thought Ms. Planck went a little far with. She told a story of her little baby happily chewing  away on a meat bone.

“Seriously?!” I thought. “I can see myself working with a lot of these ideas… but I don’t think I’ll be handing Logan over a T-bone anytime soon…”

Fast forward to around Logan’s six month birthday. He was sooo interested in food and it was evident that he was telling us he’d had enough of a purely liquid diet.  Not quite ready to give in entirely to the “whole food” notion, I had decided I would try a little of the puree, and a little of the whole food, such as whole smooshed blueberries.

He put up with the purees for a whole two days. Mouth clamped shut, he wanted nothing to do with the spoon coming toward his mouth. Whole peas on his plate? Yes please! Green mashed up goo on a spoon? Not a chance.

I’m so glad that I read this book and had these other options at the forefront of my mind. I may have thought he wasn’t interested in food, when what he was really telling me was that he wasn’t interested in mush.

Around the six and a half month mark, we BBQ’d some  steaks for Luc’s birthday…

… and Logan had one of the most satisfying meals of his short life.

Never say never, right?

Whole asparagus spears and steak quickly became one of Logan’s favourite meals! Not a tooth in sight, and Logan would eagerly plow through six asparagus in a single meal. Along with the t-bone of course. 🙂

After 6.5 months, Logan never had to endure another spoonful of puree. I fed him real foods. He happily gobbled up small pieces of chicken, cooked carrots, baked apples, steamed broccoli.

Fast forward to eight months when we learned that Logan had been struggling with reflux. In hindsight, it’s no wonder he resisted the purees so intensely. Whole food (besides being so much more appetizing!) probably felt a lot more comfortable in his tummy and were much easier to keep down than liquid!

Logan continues to enjoy eating real, whole food!


If you’re interested in finding out more about her theories, you can find a quick summary of Nina Planck’s ideas here.

Cake in a mug!

February 11, 2010

After dinner tonight, I made the simplest, most delicious dessert! Microwaved cake in a mug! Five minutes and you’ll be enjoying the chocolatey goodness! While many of my recipes are “good for you,”  I’m not even going to pretend that there is anything even marginally nutritious about this one. But oh my is it good!

What you will need:

1 coffee mug
4 Tbsp. cake flour (I used whole wheat)
4 Tbsp. sugar (I only used 2)
2 Tbsp. cocoa
1 egg
3 Tbsp. milk
3 Tbsp. oil (I only used 1)
Small splash of vanilla
3 Tbsp. chocolate chips, optional  (not really optional in my humble opinion!)


Add dry ingredients to mug, mix well with a fork.
Add egg, mix thoroughly.
Pour in milk and oil and vanilla, mix well.
Add chips.
Put mug in microwave and cook for three minutes.
Cake may rise over top of mug.
Tip on a plate and enjoy warm!


Conspiracy Theory

December 2, 2009

I am convinced that toddlers around the world are uniting  forces. There is strength in numbers. Their mission:  to ensure no unfortunate child is forced to become acquainted with (dum dum dum)…. the vegetable.

While we think the incoherent babblings of toddlers are cute and endearing, they are in fact spreading secret code to their picky eating counterparts. “Do NOT, under any circumstance, allow ANYTHING green or orange to enter your mouth. If you see this colour, alarm bells should sound warning you of the imminent, dreaded VEGETABLE. If this horrible substance should pass between your lips, it must be immediately rejected.”

At least this is how it seems to be in my house. Tristan will greedily consume crackers (or any carb for that matter), cheese, fruit and the occasional bite of meat if it is saturated in ketchup and mustard (a staple at our house!)

Well you know what buddy, I WIN!

That’s right. You know that delicious breakfast you ate this morning? It was eggs…. with squash! Oh yeah. You heard me. You ate squash. AND YOU LIKED IT!!!!  Muuuhaaaaahaaahaaaa!

Living with a picky eater, I frequently cook out of Jessica Seinfeld’s “Deceptively Delicious.”  These recipes are single-handedly saving my child’s nutrition.

The recipe for the egg puffs which were such a hit with both my boys (big and little!) is listed below. Enjoy the deception.  🙂

Baked Egg Puffs


Non-stick cooking spray

2 large eggs

4 large egg whites

1/2 cup yellow or butternut squash puree

2 tbsp shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt


Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Coat 4 (1/2 cup) ramekins or coffee cups with cooking spray and set on baking sheet.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, egg whites, squash puree, cheese, flour, baking powder and salt until combined. Divide the mixture among the ramekins or cups and bake until the tops are puffed up and the eggs are no longer runny in the center when pierced with the tip of a knife, 13 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately.