Holiday weekends means more cooking for Dahlia. Although I went easy and made stuff that I would eat too. What did I discover? Dahlia doesn’t like sweet foods. She’s a savory girl at heart. So while most of these were delicious, she didn’t care for them.
Zucchini Bread: now this isn’t something all that revolutionary, I just wanted to finally make a recipe and keep it instead of searching online every time I need to make this. I didn’t want one with a cup of oil in it. We fed this to Dean years ago at my parents’ house and called it Optimus Prime cake. Since then though it’s been hit or miss whether he’ll eat it (I also don’t make it that often because grating zucchini is a pain, even with a food processor). This recipe is a good go-to staple though.
Carrot Cake Cookies: my attempt to sneak in carrots into both kids diets. Dean however wanted nothing to do with them because he could see the chunks of carrots. He’ll eat carrots, one of the few vegetables he’ll consume, but with his low muscle tone his mouth fatigues after eating 2 small baby carrots. It’s a great recipe, tasted good to me.
Banana Bread: I love me some good banana bread. Hate bananas…love banana bread. This one doesn’t call for any oil (just 2 tablespoons of melted butter). I doubled the recipe but kept just the 2tbsp of butter and it worked out great. I made one with chocolate chips and one without. Of course Dahlia didn’t care for it, we’ll see if Dean will give it a whirl. This is my new go-to recipe for banana bread.
Carrot, zucchini and parsnip frittata fingers: I used scallions instead of shallots because i had those on hand and pureed the veggies after cookies them to make them easier for Dahlia to eat. Girl loves eggs and cheese so these went well, although she wouldn’t feed them herself.
This weekend I went nuts at Trader Joe’s, a shop that I loathe going to not because of the store itself but because of the customers who shop there. I seriously f*cking hate Trader Joe’s customer base, but I wanted to branch out with some different cuisines for Dahlia without having to constantly whip up things from scratch. Plus I get turned off pretty easily by anything that has quinoa in it, so I figured I might as well let the good hippie food experts at TJs make it for me. They have faux street signs hanging off posts saying things like “Beach” or “Sea” or “Mission Viejo”, one guy started telling his wife/girlfriend/tortured-partner “that shouldn’t read ‘mission vee-ay-ho’, it should say ‘mission vee-ay-HAA'”. I’m pretty sure my eye roll was audible.
I fed Dahlia their Spelt Risotto and she inhaled it. I couldn’t find it in a search, I’ll update when I get home to remember the name. They don’t mess around when it comes to their sides, she also loves their creamy polenta with spinach and carrots.
On the other hand, on a whim I bought a f*cking overpriced bag of seasoned kale chips, figuring again that TJs would make anything better than I could make. I was wrong. Because what I would make is a bag of Ruffles. I actually got Dean to try one before I had a chance, now the poor kid will never trust me again. You have no idea how hard it is to get him to try new things. It was AWFUL. F*CK YOU KALE CHIPS. Anyone who ever tells me “ohhh kale chips are soooooooooo gooooood” will get my fist in their teeth.