Gourmet Veggie Mama

The verdict

The porridge is a hit!

Tasty, man, tasty.

The only thing I think I’d do differently next time is cook the rice a bit mushier so that it blends in better with the rest of the porridge. Other than that, it was great. Nora liked it thinned out with a bit more breast milk than I originally added, but that’s easy to do when serving.

I feel like I should say a couple of things about making your own baby food, since a friend brought it up. First, it’s easy! Really. This particular recipe is more involved than most, and it took me less than an hour on a weekend to whip up. It made two freezer trays (15 one-ounce cubes each), so that’s 10 to 15 breakfasts we’re talking about. Most baby food is just a matter of steaming or baking a fruit or veggie and pureeing it, which takes even less time. Plus, your baby gets to eat actual food, and you know exactly what’s in it. Have you ever smelled the jarred stuff? Not something I’d really want to eat. Sure, it’s fine in a pinch, but Nora clearly prefers mama’s cooking. If you’re thinking about making your own, or just need some new inspiration, I love wholesomebabyfood.com for ideas and technique. Check it out!

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