One of my biggest concerns with baby led weaning was how we were going to make it work with Charlie’s daycare. Baby led weaning is a fairly new concept versus the traditional puree route, and it also requires that the caregiver is educated both on the method and appropriate CPR techniques. Charlie has gone full time to a wonderful daycare since she was 4 months old. We didn’t start her on solids until she was 6 months old, but long before then her teachers were eager to give her solids. Our daycare requires parents to send meals at all ages, so this atleast put us in the driver seat for when “solids” would happen. We gave her teachers a high level summary of why we were holding off and explained the method we were going to use. I assured them that I would send food when I was more comfortable with it all. After all, for the first month we just offered one meal a day (dinner) and only started offering breakfast well into month 7.
One thing that struck me as I started to cook more was the necessity of good quality tools in the kitchen. While there are certainly many fun “gadgets,” depending on the space you have, I would focus on quality over quantity. Find items that can serve many purposes rather than items that are only good for one use. Here are some products that I can’t live without:
When I was in the hospital after giving birth to Charlotte, I had the most wonderful lactation consultant: Lactation Sue. She was old school and to the point, which I appreciated. She told me to eat whatever I wanted – spicy food, etc. – because after all, woman all over the world with all sorts of cuisines breastfed their babies! She did say that while not to avoid any certain foods, there were certain foods that I could incorporate that *may* help my milk supply. She gave me a lactation cookie recipe, which looked delici0us, but was full of butter and sugar. Not exactly what I wanted to be filling my body with. So, when I got home, I used that as a starting point and tried to find a lactation boosting recipe that was a little cleaner.
During a recent trip to Costco, I came upon the deal of the century on whole pork loin. I Their pork loin is usually a great deal ($1.99/lb), but on this particular day, they had an additional $8 instant rebate! Therefore, this nearly 8 lb pork loin was just under $8. I usually just buy pork tenderloin at Trader Joes, but at this price, I figured I would give this cut a try. I did a little research and realized I could butcher the piece of meat pretty easily to make a few meals. I found inspiration for this here.
I decided to make two roasts and eight boneless pork chops out of the whole loin.
So far, I used the first roast to make the Carnitas from Against All Grain’s Celebrations Cookbook and they. were. delicious. I highly recommend the recipe, but most importantly, I recommend giving the Costco pork loin a try. If you have suggestions for the other roast or the pork chop, let me know 🙂