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Teething Babe? Ease the Pain with Ice Cold Smashed Fruit

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

smashedpears Beautifully smashed pears

Teething has hit our household. Hard. Sure, Mason’s had symptoms for the last several months–he turned 10-months-old on Father’s Day–but we’ve reached a whole new level of teething intensity. He’s frantically chewing on his hands (and everything else), drooling, fussing, and clinging to me yet the child has no teeth yet. None! Just all the symptoms, worse than ever. Yesterday was so bad that when I arrived home from work last night my nanny handed him to me and wished me luck getting him to eat dinner. I was able to coax Mason to eat Pear-Green Bean Yogurt (one of his faves) and diced avocado–but only after giving him a dose of baby Motrin and even then it was a struggle. He went on to drink 12 ounces of formula between 12:30 and 4 am so he was clearly hungry. Poor bug.

I had planned on shredding chicken for Mason and freezing it after he went to bed. Instead I smashed fruit. The soft consistency would be easy for Mason to manage with his swollen gums, and I could serve it to him very cold to help relieve the pain. Mason had been completely uninterested in the frozen bagel that my pediatrician recommended to help ease teething pain. He hated the mesh teether with cold fruit that a friend gave us, and the frozen waffle that another friend suggested we try got thrown across the room more times than I can count. Perhaps smashed fruit would work.

I started with fresh pear. Bug has loved this sweet, luscious fruit since he first tasted it at five months old. Since I’m transitioning him to chunkier purees and more finger foods, I mashed the peeled and cooked pears with a potato masher instead of pureeing them. The result was a juicy, chunkier pear mixture that Mason enjoyed this morning with his oatmeal. I noticed that he sucked on the fruit a bit before swallowing it so I’m guessing the cold did feel good. And he ate a great breakfast! I made extras–I always do to freeze for later–so when I serve it later this week I’ll mix in fresh cherry, blueberry, banana, or apple to keep things from getting boring.

Check out the recipes below (under the pics) — you can use them to smash or puree the fruit, depending on which texture works best for your babe. Let me know what happens! And, I’d love to hear some of your tricks for combating teething pain, especially if they involve food. Do dish, please!

pears_draining Draining and rinsing the pears after cooking

smashing_pears Smashing the pears with a potato masher after cooking


Recipes:

Smashed (Or Pureed) Pears

Ingredients

Organic pear
Water

Directions

1. Wash, peel, and dice pear. Cook until tender (about 15 minutes). Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid.
2. Strain pear to remove excess water and mash with a potato masher. Or puree until you read desired consistency.
3. Freeze leftovers in 2- to 4-ounces portions.
4. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Smashed (or Pureed) Blueberries

Ingredients

Organic blueberries, fresh or frozen
Water

Directions

1. Wash blueberries. Cook until tender (about 15 minutes). Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid.
2. Strain blueberries to remove excess water and mash with a potato masher. Or, puree in a blender or food processor until you read desired consistency.
3. Freeze leftovers in 2- to 4-ounces portions.
4. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Homemade Applesauce

Ingredients

Organic gala apples
Water

Directions

1. Wash, peel, and dice apple. Cook until tender (about 15 minutes). Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid.
2. Strain excess water. Mash with a potato masher for a chunkier texture. Or, puree in a blender or food processor until you read desired consistency.
3. Freeze leftovers in 2- to 4-ounce portions.
4. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Smashed (or Pureed) Cherries

Ingredients

Fresh or frozen cherries
Water

Directions

1. Wash and pit cherries, slice in half. Cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
3. Mash with a potato masher. Or, puree in a food processor or blender with a bit of water, breast milk, or formula. S
3. Freeze leftovers in 2- to 4-ounce portions.
4. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Smashed (or Pureed) Bananas

Ingredients

Organic banana
Water, breast milk, or formula

Directions

1. Peel and slice banana. Mash with a potato masher. Or, puree in a food processor or blender with pre-mixed formula or water until you reach desired consistency.
2. Freeze leftovers in 2- to 4-ounce portions.
3. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

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Hunger Strike Part 2

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011


Mason’s at it again. The last time we went out of town, I made the mistake of bringing jarred food and the babe refused to touch it. He’ll only eat homemade, apparently. As soon as we returned to New York he was back on track with his mom-made eats. Now he’s in DC this week with Chris while I’m on a business trip and he’s refusing to eat once again.

I thought I had it all figured out. I packed all of his homemade favorites, including Minty Peas, Baby Cheese Sauce, Tomato-Curry Lentils, Broccoli Puree, and two different kinds of yogurt. But when he got to the daycare — there’s a great one he visits when he’s down there — he refused to eat a bite. Bottles only and he fussed all day.

Last time the strike seemed to be about the food, it was a pattern I had seen before when I tried to feed him from a jar or packet. This time I fear he’s homesick and perhaps missing mommy. It breaks my heart. How’s that for working mom suckage?

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I’m Raising a Food Snob!

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Gearing up for our road trip

Mason and I took a road trip to Washington, DC, Friday, to visit Chris. The Love of My Life  is currently commuting to the District from New York to work as a food critic. (Yes, super complicated sitch but Chris and I have been happily married for 8 years as of June 7 so we’re trying to make the best of it!) Usually Chris comes home for the weekend but we decided to switch things up this weekend, and our good friend Kevin offered to drive the babe and me (a bold offer to say the least). Fortunately Mason was  good — except when it came time to eat. Since we were traveling I  brought organic jarred food to avoid refrigeration hassles, but Mason would only take a bite or two before spitting out the food. Then screaming and screaming and screaming…

Unhappy with his dinner from a jar on the patio of a DC restaurant

This wasn’t the first time Mason’s rejected the jar. He’s been on a dozen flights and half a dozen road trips so we’ve served him jarred food before, but this trip made it pretty obvious it’s useless to try. I’ve offered him a dozen or so different fruits, veggies, and meats — all faves that I regularly make for him — from two different organic baby food brands and it’s always the same scene. He throws a fit every time I feed him from a jar or packet then ends up living on puffs, yogurt, and whatever table food I can mash up with a fork for the entire time we’re away. It stresses me out! Last night I ended up feeding him his dinner (peach yogurt and Banana-Avocado Puree) at 9:30 at night (the time we got home) because I wasn’t comfortable putting him to bed after he had only eaten banana puffs.

For our next trip, which just happens to be next week, I’m going to freeze a bunch of homemade food, pack it on ice, and hope for the best. Wish us luck! Have I spoiled my baby by cooking all his food? Is Mason the only nine-month-old food snob out there?

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In Which the Yogurt Foil Works

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

squash_face A smiling Mason after his first bite


Last Friday, I thought Mason had bailed on butternut squash. My heart was a little broken. It was his first yellow veggie and the wholesome goodness that once made him smile was suddenly making him cry. The first time he teared up during a bite I rationalized that he was just tired. The second time I thought perhaps the puree was a bit too warm. The third time, well, let’s be honest — he no longer wanted to eat the stuff.

But what to do with the organic butternut squash in my freezer (already pureed)?

In my mind, there was only one thing that could possibly work at this point: peach puree with yogurt. He had rejected squash mixed with apple and chicken (two blends he once loved) and yogurt is his absolute fave of all. I mixed the creamy yogurt with the nutritious butternut squash puree and luscious peach puree…score! He loved it, and I was rewarded with a big, gummy grin. I wonder what else I can get him to eat with yogurt…

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Butternut Squash-Peach Puree with Yogurt

Basic Butternut Squash Puree

Ingredients

1.5 lb Organic butternut squash
Water
Pre-mixed formula, breast milk, or yogurt (optional)

Directions

1. Scoop flesh out of a roasted squash. Discard the skin.

2. Puree squash flesh in a food processor. Add water until you reach a smooth consistency. For extra creaminess add a splash of pre-mixed formula, breast milk, or plain yogurt.


Peach Yogurt

Ingredients

Organic Stonyfield full-fat plain yogurt or Greek yogurt*
1 bag frozen, organic peaches

Directions

1. Cook peaches. Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Puree until you reach desired consistency.
2. Combine yogurt and pureed peaches.
3. Freeze leftovers in 2 to 4-ounces portions.
4. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.


To make Butternut Squash-Peach Puree with Yogurt, mix equal parts Butternut Squash Puree with Peach Yogurt.

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