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Bennet’s first meal. He thought it strange but he ate a good tablespoon so I was happy.

The big kids were entranced. Now I’ll be fighting little fingers trying to stick tidbits and morsels into the poor baby’s mouth.

I’m not really pushing the solids on Bennet yet. I just do it occasionally for fun. I don’t follow the “recommended” timeline for feeding baby. (What IS recommended, anyway? There’s so many conflicting reports out there.) I just go with the flow and do what I think is best for baby at the time. Jada didn’t get solids until she was 8 months, Tage was 7 months. Bennet’s almost 7 months so probably at some point in the next few weeks I’ll get a little more serious about things.

I also don’t follow the charts for WHAT to feed baby when. I figure as long as I’m feeding him completely unprocessed foods, then he should be fine. I’m pretty sure the doc would gawk if I told her my babies had raw cow’s milk before they were one. And that Bennet’s first food was a combination food instead of a single food puree. Obviously I’m a bit of a rebel. But my kids are healthy and they eat their vegetables with little to no complaint so I think I’m doing something right.

Eh, I could go on and on about my opinions concerning feeding kids. But that’s not for today. Or maybe ever. I’m not very good at writing such things. I’m terrified of writing my opinions, actually.

So anyway, Bennet’s first meal was vegetable soup. He liked it well enough and didn’t get diaper rash or a stomach ache from it. I call that a success.

This is just a simple stew of vegetables. I’ve adapted it from Extending the Table, a world community cookbook.

Harvest Stew

adapted from page 91 in Extending the Table

3 T olive oil

1/2 a onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

2 t chili powder

salt and pepper to taste

2 pints canned diced tomatoes

4 cups peeled, cubed butternut squash

2 cups corn kernels

1 1/2 cups chopped cabbage

1 cup chopped greens (kale, chard, spinach, you know the drill)

Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onion and saute lightly. Add the garlic, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir and saute another minute or so. Add the tomatoes, squash, corn, and cabbage. If using kale, add it now, too. Simmer for 45 minutes or until squash is soft and flavors are melded. If using chard or spinach, add it near the end of the simmering time.

If serving soup to baby, puree until fairly smooth. Allow to cool until just warm.

Yield: 2 quarts?

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