An Evolution of Dinner: 9-12 months

It's so funny, I started this post literally more than 3 4 months ago when I started taking photos of what I was giving W&G for dinner. It was a good way to keep track of the offerings, even though the photos don't look too appetizing.

So much has changed in the past few months though. By February (around 9 months), they really didn't want anything to do with purees anymore and started eating 'real' food. At that point I was still giving them really small pieces of things and definitely catering more to what was easy for them to pick up and feed themselves. They were getting some of what we were eating too.

This is like the fifth time I'm sitting down to finish this post... it's gotten a bit overwhelming as every time a few more weeks go by, that many more meals have been consumed. But I'm determined to wrap up their pre-first birthday food evolution by the time they hit 14 months, which is just a few days away.

So here we go (again). A look back at what the little guys were eating as they transitioned away from purees, over their first few months of real meals.

Orange dinner! Carrots, spaghetti squash, sweet potato falafel and chicken; clementine for dessert

Much of the same as above, but homemade mac and cheese

Tofu, chicken, spaghetti squash, roasted red peppers, sweet potato falafel

Lentil soup, chicken, broccolini, zucchini fritter; peaches for dessert

Turkey meatballs, carrots, roasted red peppers, Trader Joe's roll of polenta

Green lentils, salmon and carrots

Chicken apple sausage, turkey meatball, peas, polenta, cauliflower patties

Eggplant ravioli, green beans, pulled pork, risotto balls (made from homemade risotto)

Almost same as above, but with cheese

Enchiladas, risotto balls, peas; strawberries for dessert

Pita and hummus, chickepea soup
I always aim to give some sort of protein (meat, beans, tofu), a vegetable, a carb and then they get fruit for dessert. We have to keep the fruit hidden until they eat their dinner otherwise they'll just point to the fruit.

While today I still have food prepped specifically for them, it's more to be able to pull out from the freezer when I am not cooking for Dave and I and still want them to have a healthy dinner. Really, now (and for at least the last 2-3 months), they eat what we're eating. When we go out, I order them (as in them together) one dish to share -- they eat too much to share off my plate. At home, they generally have for dinner whatever Dave and I had the night before.

Here's some of what they've had the last couple of months as they eat more and more of the meals I'm making for Dave and I.

Meatball sandwich from Il Cane Rosso

Salmon, sesame oil noodles and green beans, for Mom and Dad

For W&G

Chicken avocado cheese crepe from Crossroads

Orzo soup with turkey meatballs, recipe

Lamb meatballs with farro risotto, recipe

Potato leek soup, recipe

Rotisserie chicken, roasted potatoes, carrot juice from Crossroads

Mix of leftover - pasta, roasted carrots, risotto balls, chickpea soup

Salsa Verde Chicken with Cornmeal Dumplings, recipe (chicken was a little spicy for them)

Lamb chops with chickpea salad - Mom and Dad's version

Lamb dinner for W&G, with rice, mandarin oranges and pears

One-pot penne with turkey feta meatballs, recipe (LOVED)

Broccolini, chicken apples sausage, butternut squash ravioli, pears

Halibut over a tomato and white bean broth


Black bean patties, recipe

Broccoli and cheddar quinoa bites, recipe (these were so good but they did NOT like them)

Salmon with lentils and asparagus

Halibut with pesto orzo pasta and asparagus

Zucchini quinoa patties, recipe

Broccoli, cheddar and wild rice casserole, recipe (added ground turkey)

Asparagus, leek and spring onion pizza from Pizza Politana/Ferry Building
Slow roasted halibut with shaved asparagus, recipe

Salmon with farro, asparagus, chickpea and haloumi cheese salad, recipe

Black bean spinach enchiladas, recipe

Shrimp risotto with asparagus

Risotto balls made from leftover risotto rolled in egg white and baby oatmeal

Asparagus and prosciutto pasta

Rioja Beef with chickpeas, peppers and saffron, recipe

Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese from American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

Cauliflower lentil soup from Munchery; didn't love it but stuffed it in a tortilla with cheese and they ate it for 2 days straight!

Indian spiced lentils and lamb, recipe

Saffron Fish Stew, recipe (made with halibut)

Pasta with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Spicy Sausage, recipe (LOVED) - I think I replaced the sausage with ground lamb

What a difference a few months makes!

As my previous post shared, I'll now be doing a weekly snapshot of what they had, focusing on new foods or meals from the week (whether they were successful or not), ultimately to build out a library of recipes and snacks that I can go back to. I have to say, this is the most fun yet, to be able to give them whatever we're eating (especially when they enjoy it as much as we do!).

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