Saturday, April 9, 2011

pancakes to the rescue

There are lots of websites and books out there that promote making homemade baby food.  Most of them encourage you to do it to save money, or to make sure your child gets the most wholesome, organic food possible.  Here in Papua New Guinea, we moms make homemade baby food because we have no choice!  Our store has a very small baby food section.  It typically has rice cereal, two types of formula, and one or two types of canned baby food.  It’s enough to get you by in a pinch, but not day-to-day.

I’m thankful that we’re getting out of the “spend two hours a day cooking and pureeing and freezing vegetables” phase and Greg is more into finger food.  Actually, at the moment, he’s not too keen on being spoon fed at all.  He’ll tolerate it if he also has something in his hands that he can feed himself.  But that can be almost as much work as pureed stuff.  Oh, how I long for a box of Cheerios!  Our store hasn’t had any Cheerios in stock for months. Since I don’t have any handy, healthy bite-sized cereal on hand, pancakes have become my new secret weapon.  Greg adores pancakes.  And it’s really easy for mom to fill them up with healthy things.  These in the photo, that I made today, are zucchini/banana/oatmeal pancakes.  They freeze well, and are a not-too-messy snack to bring along when we are out of the house. 

Speaking of my little pancake eater… I think I hear him waking up from his nap.  Gotta go! 

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