Last weekend I decided that my son is old enough to have some freshly cooked food instead of those ready cooked jars from the drugstore. After all, with his 6 teeth he is meanwhile able to chew and to eat other things than just mush.
Of course, those jars are really good: organic, free of harmful substances, healthy, practical… but what really bothers me is the lack of variation.
“Rice with vegetables” tastes like “vegetable risotto” and “pasta with vegetable sauce”. In fact, it tastes of tomatoes. Furthermore I think (or should I say ‘hope’!!) that by offering him a large diversity of different tastes and letting him get to know all kinds of vegetable and fruits I can prevent the phase of refusal of everything I cook.
But today I am wiser. I had another tutorial of my advanced training as a “nutritionist” and along with that I heard an interesting lecture where I learned that the refusal of food has a name: The “negation phase”. It starts at the age of 2 and usually ends at the age of 5. Within this phase children are quite complicated concerning food – or rather simple! They refuse everything that is new and they are not fed up with pasta every day (or the like). In this phase you should not force your child to empty the plate (this will lead to nothing – except overweight), but your child should taste everything. According to studies children have to taste a certain food up to 9 times before you can make a statement about the acceptance. So don’t give up! And you may rest assured that times will change!
Today I share a dish which is appropriate for infants as well as for adults: Ratatouille with minced meat. I was surprised, how much I liked it!
As my son suffered from acute teething that day, I blended his portion slightly, but in general, the consistency is adequate for babies at the age of 9-10 months. Unfortunately, he did not just suffer from teething but he also had a cold and was a little grumpy. And you know what? He refused the meal 🙁
It was the first time ever that he didn’t want to eat!! And he chose this day when I cooked for him.
Fortunately it is a great dish for adults as well, I loved it after having added some salt and pepper and also some lemon juice.
- 200 g zucchini
- 150 g eggplants
- 400 g tomatoes
- 400 g potatoes
- 2 tsp oil
- 150 g minced meat (beef)
- 2 tbsp crème fraiche
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
- Wash the vegetables, peel the potatoes and cut them in small cubes.
- Put the oil in a hot pan and roast the minced meat shortly. Add the potatoes and 100 ml of water and steam them for 5 minutes.
- Put the tomatoes into boiling water, peel them and remove the stem.
- Cut all vegetables into small cubes and add them to the minced meat. Cover it and boil it gently. Add some more water if necessary.
- Finally, add the crème fraiche, the tomato paste and the parsley.