When I was a wee tot, I ate everything (or so the story goes). My mom to this day delights in telling me that I eagerly consumed just about everything she put in front of me, from the homemade soups my grandmother prepared to fruits and vegetables of assorted hues to the Italian bread my family bought from a local bakery just about every day.
And now, I'm embarrassed to say I eat none of the above. Except for the bread. I am all about the bread. And my hips love me for it.
Somewhere along the way, I developed what can only be described as a food phobia. The variety of foods I eat can best be described as measly. The number of vegetables I eat, pathetic. There was a point in my life when I wouldn't try any new food. I'm slightly better now, but my palette is severely self-restricted, to say the least.
And then about a year ago, I had a daughter. Now I'm determined to provide her with an early introduction to a variety of foods with the hopes that she doesn't turn out like me. At all.(Although I hope she develops an early affinity for sucking down coffee, because that would make my trips to Starbucks a whole lot more enjoyable.)
I also hope she's able to somehow overlook the fact that mommy is shoveling broccoli and tofu into her mouth with one hand while eating peanut butter off a spoon with the other.
My goal in creating this blog with Pru is to share with other parents some baby- and toddler-friendly recipes that my daughter enjoys. My desire to ensure she grows up both healthy and willing to try new foods has prompted me to cook for her (something I rarely do for my husband and me), and in all honesty, I'm very proud of some of the dishes I've made (and she's eaten!). It's always a good day in my house when what's for dinner doesn't end up in my hair, stuck to the chandelier, or coating my cats' backs.
So welcome to Mush. And if you would like to share a recipe your baby or toddler enjoys, please feel free to email us.