The Spaghetti Monster

The little dude is really hitting his stride when it comes to eating real food. He has a few teeth and can finally use those pesky hands pretty effectively.

I’ve been trying to give him more and more solid foods rather than purees just to get him used to chewing. This has been tough with veggies though. Even blanched or roasted veggies can be a bit tough for him to chew.

His hands down favorite food so far is spaghetti so I guess he’s a human baby after all. Who doesn’t love spaghetti, right?

This week though I threw him a curveball and plopped a few big spoonfuls of spaghetti SQUASH down on his tray. He was skeptical, but after he tried a few strands he loved it just as much as the real pasta.

So if you have a kiddo who loves spaghetti and doesn’t love veggies, now’s the season to introduce them to the spaghetti squash! Just roast them for about 30 minutes and use a fork to shred them into “skettis.” Works like a charm!

The Links

Fall recipes abound!

Homemade Veggie Pho – This is a nice switcheroo from the classic beef pho and would be a great Sunday recipe. I can see it simmering all day during sports and then dinner is ready! (@ Healthy Delicious)

Prickly Pear Syrup – I love love love prickly pear cactus but have always bought it. If you happen to live in an area where you can find fresh though, this is a great tutorial on how to handle them! (@ Hunter Angler Gardner Cook)

Easy PB+J Donuts – These are one of those shortcut recipes that I back 100%. They look so good and are the perfect mix between donuts and sandwiches. Plus, you don’t have to make dough so… bonus! (@ Joy the Baker)

Crispy Honey Porter Sticky Chicken Wings – It’s football season and I’m in full wing mode. If you showed up at my house with these, we would be friends. (@ The Beeroness)

Happy fall everybody!

7 comments on “The Spaghetti Monster

  1. Great idea, fool them while you can :)
    I remember when our baby was in the puree phase. Loved butternut squash so much, she had a visibly orange nose for months, haha!

  2. We skipped the purees entirely and gave our baby solids from the start. Well, I guess you could call it solids, we steamed everything so that her little jaws could crush whatever we gave her. Over time we steamed less and less. Her favorites are sweet potatoes (we cut them long like fries), cauliflower, and zucchini (cut into thick spears, but don’t steam too long or else….mushy yuck).
    Now we just make green smoothies and put them in those little pouch things, she loves it.

  3. Gorgeous pictures. Absolutely love all these recipes! I prefer healthy food! And i’ll definitely try these recipes. I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thanks for sharing Nick!

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