Happy October everyone! I absolutely love coming into the autumn winter months, mostly because I love the fashion and the snow, but also because you can eat all the comforting foods without feeling too guilty! I love to cook stews, roast dinners and curries but I always find it so difficult to incorporate this with Emma’s fussy little taste buds! I do try to cook one meal for all of us and maybe modify it slightly for Emma but its unlikely it ever works because Emma is so fussy, especially from 1 to 2 years old. She is starting to eat a little more now which is great, I don’t want to jinx it, but so far so good!
Generally Emma will have cereal (usually Rice Krispies or Cheerios) Weetabix or crumpets for breakfast with some fruit or an innocent smoothie, this is normally the meal that she will always eat, and I will do a variation of those items most days for her, because I know she likes it.
For lunch I would love to make a sandwich for Emma but she just will not eat them, except when she’s at nursery, she will always eat different things at nursery but never at home, typical right! She loves beans, which is great because they are so easy and go with most things. Vegetables are always a struggle but she has recently started loving corn on the cob so I give her that quite regularly now. A typical lunch for Emma is fish fingers, corn on the cob, and beans if I am at home, with variations with toast, chicken nuggets, Quorn sausages and fruit in place of the corn on the cob. That’s one great thing she loves, fruit! Thank goodness for that! She will actually sit and eat a whole carton of blueberries or pomegranate so I don’t feel too guilty when she doesn’t eat her vegetables!
For Dinner I usually experiment a bit more here as I would love it if she could eat some of what we have just to make things easier, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but always worth a try. The other day, for example, I made a noodle dish with stir fry vegetables and she loved it and ate the whole bowl, so I thought great, I’ll make it another night for her, but then she didn’t like it…and so it begins again!! A dinner that is good one day is often not always ok another day, she does like to make it easy for me! She also loves rice and foods that are a bit spicy, that’s the Indian in her for sure, so I do dal and rice or chicken curry and rice which she likes, some of the days. Spaghetti Bolognese usually goes down quite well and recently she has been requesting pasta dishes which is great as it is so easy for me. I think it does get a bit easier as they get older because they can tell you what they like and don’t like.
Feeding Emma has definitely been the toughest part of becoming a mum, I feel, as I struggled at first with breast feeding so ended up doing combined feeding of formula and breastfeeding and then when I started to wean at 6 months she didn’t seem to take too anything except a bit of banana and porridge, and then it’s continuously been a struggle from then onwards, but she is starting to eat a bit more now so I am confident it will get easier. I constantly see lovely meals made by great mamas on Instagram for their babies, and I just wondered do any other mums struggle with their little ones dinners like I have?
I hope you have enjoyed reading,