Thoughts on Food, Inc. and a carrot massacre.

Yesterday we made carrots for Linnea- and boy, was it ever a mess! Our pediatrician warned us about this… but of course, the messier the feeding process, the CUTER the baby! It was simply amazing. Here's a video:

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We used a nifty little baby food steamer and processor that my father-in-law and stepmother dearest gave to us- it's fantastic! It's called the Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker and although we steamed the carrots seperately (I jumped the gun- we'll try it with the next round of food!) it worked wonders as a processor. I got the recipe from Top 100 Baby Purees: 100 Quick and Easy Meals for a Healthy and Happy Baby and it was so simple. Next on the menu: sweet potatoes!

We watched Food, Inc. last night, and it was fascinating. I read The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals a couple of years ago, and this movie sums up a lot of the ideas in the book. It definitely made me re-think the way our family eats and especially what we eat and where our food comes from.

One of the things we plan to do in our backyard is start a garden, but
we need to learn what we are doing first. There is a community garden
at Agritopia that I may look into to get a handle on what I'm doing-
and what a great way to learn! My dear friend Vanessa gave us some
zucchini, a red onion and parsley from her garden plot there and they were simply
delicious. I must say- any time we make anything from scratch with
home-grown or organic, locally-grown produce,it tastes amazing in comparison to the regular produce at the store! For now, we're starting small- we have some potted basil, yellow bell pepper and cherry tomatoes sitting on our front porch:

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We've already managed to kill a strawberry plant. The pot didn't have a hole for drainage… oops. It's a learning process!

I would love to hear from you about your family's eating habits. It seems as if healthy, whole food is not interchangable with a tight budget. Saving money is top on our list of priorities, but not at the cost of our family's long-term health. It's sad that a healthy lifestyle seems to come at a steep price in our society. So if you are feeding your family organic fruits and veggies, whole grains, and grass-fed meats, how do you make it work? Do you have any tips on how to save money while doing so? Do you grow your own fruits and veggies?

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4 thoughts on “Thoughts on Food, Inc. and a carrot massacre.

  1. i just discovered your blog! what rock have i been living under?! ha!
    we have the babycook!! LOVE it. it steams perfectly and it is so nice that it makes everything in one step. you can also do combos together when she gets older, which is fun too!
    i am right there with you on the food/garden thing. i really want to start my own too. my parents and brother, matt garden and i love eating their harvests 🙂 i also do bountiful baskets which is a great way to get organic produce for cheap. have you heard about it?

  2. I have heard of it and finally signed up yesterday- I can’t wait to get my first basket! I had a good laugh though when a friend of mine said her friend got three coconuts in her basket and she had no idea what to do with them… haha! I wouldn’t know either…
    I see today is your birthday! Happy birthday! Looking forward to the karaoke bash this weekend!

  3. Linnea is so adorable Andrea. Clive always does that “fold over” thing in his bumbo too.
    It looks like we both didn’t get an enthusiastic reaction from our first feedings and you may already know this, but most moms I talk to say, that perfectly normal.
    I love your blog by the way. It’s nice that your documenting all of these special moments, it’s inspiring.
    We should get together with Cassie McDermott sometime and i’ll come our your way. Take care.

  4. Don’t you just LOVE you Babycook? Mine NEVER leaves the counter. Sundays are my baby food making days. It really is A LOT of fun and you will save so much money!

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