(I love throwback Peanut pics!)
3. Mixed Veggies - Again, fresh or frozen works well here. Like most people, Annalyn's not a big fan of the mushy canned stuff. You can steam it on the stove in a little water, or in the microwave. Peas, corn, carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, broccoli, and green beans are all good options, just be sure to cut them up for younger babies. (on a side note, I found bagged, chopped butternut squash at Trader Joe's last week - so convenient!). We usually start her meals with veggies while we get the rest of it ready. That way, she's sure to get the good stuff in her first!
5. Pasta - Who doesn't love pasta? Babies and toddlers are no exception. Small pastas, like macaroni, stars, rice, and cut spaghetti are perfect for little hands. Sauce options are endless - I usually make my own and include as many veggies/greens as possible.
7. Ground Beef, Chopped Chicken - As baby gets older, include small pieces of protein with her meals. Mix in with mac 'n cheese, avocado spread, etc., or just give pieces of meat with a fruit/veggie.
8. Crackers/Dry Cereal - These are great snacks, and "appetizers" when on the go. We keep a small stash of Goldfish and Cheerios in the diaper bag for when we go out.
Lately, we've been letting her practice with a fork and spoon. Yes, it takes longer. Yep, it's a mess. But she gets such a sense of accomplishment and independence from it.