Saturday, August 21, 2010

Not Just Vegetable Soup

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A number of you have commented that you wouldn’t mind seeing more of what I’m feeding little C. Although I seriously doubt the interest in preparing limited ingredient, zero-seasoned dishes, it is heartening to see such concern in what we put into our little ones. And really, although I was advised otherwise, making your own baby food isn’t as difficult or as complicated as it may at first seem.

After the first months of solids (which shouldn’t really be called solids at all since most of the food is mushed!) I was given the green light for chunkier foods. “Yay!” I thought. Finally some change of pace. I decided to make little C’s very first vegetable soup.

No fixed recipe for this but here is what I did (more or less): I peeled and chopped 1 small carrot, 1 small potato, and added some chopped butternut squash (roughly the same amount as the carrot). Place everything in a saucepan with 1 sprig of parsley (tied in a knot) and a finger-sized rib of celery. Add water until just covered. Bring to a boil and then simmer until vegetables are soft (soft enough to be mashed easily with a fork or baby gums). Add a couple of heaping tablespoons of cooked rice and simmer until heated through. Discard parsley and celery. Allow to cool to a baby-comfortable temperature before serving (you can do this quickly with an ice bath – place some of the soup in a bowl and place the bowl in a bigger bowl with ice water). Depending on the age and teeth-situation of your baby you can mash the veggies roughly or finely with a fork.

The soup is quite versatile in such that you can use whatever vegetables your little one (or you) prefer. If you have frozen pureed veggies that you haven’t used yet you can mix them into this at the last moment. It goes especially well with pureed broccoli (which adds a touch of green and reminds me a bit of minestrone with pesto). You can make this soupier if you wish but I keep it fairly chunky as it acts more like a main meal than an actual soup.

Little C loved this and I think this may become one of her favorites (along with yogurt and avocado)! And, not one to feed people something I wouldn’t eat myself, I had a (very restorative) bowl of this drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and freshly cracked black pepper…basic, comforting, and delicious. I’m sure it would be even better with some grated parmesan cheese on top…something that little C will be trying once I get the go-ahead for cheese!

Have I bored you with all this intense blathering about what is essentially some boiled vegetables? But this isn’t just vegetable soup you see…it’s a stepping stone to that meal of foie gras, oysters, and chocolate tart that I promised little C we would have when she becomes a “big girl” ;) All in good time my sweet girl!

p.s. If you haven't already noticed, I've done a little fixing up here :) After 5 years (!!) with the same blogger template, I think we can all agree that some changes were in order. Nothing major league here -- this is still a blogger template (and until I can find a cute html geek who will work for cookies, blogger templates are all I can aspire to) -- but it's nice to have a change of scenery! High time too! :)

22 comments:

The French said...

Nothing wrong with a good basic soup! Sometimes it's good to keep it simple and comforting:)

Barbara said...

Sounds delicious Joey. And I like the new look. I'm long overdue for a revamp.

Rachel said...

A good one.

Ipshi said...

sounds so very yummy... what a blessed life the little one has.. touchwood :)

Stepford Mum said...

Go Little C! Chori-pasta on the not-so-distant horizon! Love the new look, Jo :)

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Lovely ingredients, and very nutritious for Little C.

Anh said...

I love the new look :) And a delicious soup for little C is always a winner right?

♥peachkins♥ said...

my little girl loved soups like these when she was younger..

ChichaJo said...

Hi the French! I agree :)

Hi Barbara! Thank you! I can't believe it took me so long!

Thanks Rachel :)

Hi Ipshi! Life is certainly not perfect but we like to celebrate the little things...makes for more happy moments :)

Hi Iyor! Yes yes! Thanks :)

Hi Brittany! Simple but good :)

Hi Anh! Thanks! Absolutely!

Hi Peachkins! They're so good and wholesome right? :)

veron said...

Nutritious feeding! And love the new look!

Bron said...

Gorgeous... I'm all for a simple tasty soup. Lots of cuddles for little C!

Anne said...

Your post took me back 7 years ago when I was also trying to intoduce solids to my youngest son. It was a bit similar to what you did. Love the new look :)

tigerfish said...

Thanks for leaving a comment at Rasa Malaysia's blog regarding my rice cooker cookbook :)

I like this soup. Coincidentally, I am making a potato, carrot, spinach soup today and adults are going to eat it :D

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Veron! Trying to build healthy eating habits early on :)

Hi Bron! Thanks! Us too :)

Hi Anne! It’s a fun time isn’t it? I love seeing their expression when they try something for the very first time!

Hi Tigerfish! It’s a great theme for a cookbook…especially around these parts! We use our rice cooker everyday! Soups like these are good at any age I think ;)

Jen Tan said...

hey joey! love the new look!!! =)

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Jen! :)

The Weekend Gourmet said...

What a lovely post! You won't regret the "extra work" of making your little one's food, as it will train her to eat well and appreciate various dishes and flavors when she is older. I have a toddler who eats and appreciates what others consider as "adult" food, thanks to early exposure to simple, homemade food :)

Jessica said...

Your little C is one lucky girl. It's great to learn how to eat nutritious foods right from the start!

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Mirage said...

and here I thought i got lost :) lovely layout!

that's the best way to start em loving veggies...early. :) Keep it up!

Midge said...

I said it before, and I'll say it again: Little C is so lucky that you're her mom! What a wealth of nutritious yummies for her to try! :)

ChichaJo said...

Hello Weekend Gourmet! Thank you :) I hope so! I’d really love for her to be as adventurous in eating as C and I are :)

Thanks Jessica!

Hi Mirage! Thanks! Will do!

Hi Midge! I try to feed her things I would eat myself :) Of course my version has a little more seasoning!

cheekeegirl said...

I'd like to try this too for my 10-month old. Very nutritious. thanks for sharing!