Carrots Meet Basil

by HEAB on May 4, 2011

Last week, reader Marsha shared her favorite way to prepare carrots with me, and now I think it’s my favorite way to prepare carrots as it involves three ingredients I love: carrots, butter, and fresh basil.


Slice your carrots fairly thin in a diagonal and sauté until caramelized in butter (or coconut oil), and at the end when you’re ready to plate them, toss carrots with fresh chopped basil. Marsha, these were so good, and the carrots do cook quicker when sliced that way. THANK YOU!

Summer enjoyed them as well…


Well, she enjoyed licking all the butter and basil off each carrot and then tossing them on the floor.

Looks like we have another butter lover in the family. Perhaps The Buttermyd will disappear faster that you thought! I ate my carrots with 2 scrambled eggs and scrambled one egg yolk for Summer, topping both our plates with a little fresh ground pepper. Guess what? Babies have taste buds too. You don’t have to start them out on bland rice cereal.

Some pediatricians advise skipping the egg whites until babies are 8 months old as if there are any egg allergies, it’s usually the white that cause the problem. So, I’ll probably just be sticking with the yolks for a while. Besides, the yolks contain all the good stuff anyway. :)

I’ve received a few questions regarding Baby Led Weaning and choking. Following is some info on the topic:

Many parents are worried that babies who feed themselves will choke, but, provided the baby is in control of any food that goes into his mouth and he is sitting upright, Baby Led Weaning doesn’t make choking any more likely than spoon-feeding – and may even make it less likely. Often, worries about choking are based on seeing babies gagging on food and confusing this with choking; these two mechanisms are related, but they are not the same thing. Gagging is a retching movement that pushes food away from the airway if it is too big to be swallowed. The baby opens his mouth and pushes his tongue forward; sometimes a piece of food appears at the front of his mouth…choking happens when the airway is completely or partially blocked and two factors that make choking more likely:

1) Someone else putting the food (or drink) into the baby’s mouth

2) A leaning back position.

If someone approached you with a bowl and spoon and started to spoon-feed you, the chances are you would reach out to stop them so that you could check what the food was and how much was on the spoon. You would want to control when and how it went into your mouth. These basic checks would let you predict how to deal with food once it was in your mouth; planning how to deal with food helps prevent choking…when a baby puts a piece of food in his mouth himself, he in in control of it. If he is able to chew it, he will. If he is able to get it to back of his throat, he’ll swallow it. If he isn’t able to do these things then, as long as he is upright, the food will simply fall out. Allowing the baby to feed himself means that he is in control – and having control helps to keep him safe.

So, provided the baby is supported (if necessary) in an upright position, is in control of what goes in his mouth, and is not given foods that are an obvious choking hazard (whole or large pieces of nuts, bony fish, meat gristle, and some fruits with pits like cherries, etc. Also a good idea to cut small round fruits like grapes and cherry tomatoes in half lengthwise), there is no reason to be more concerned with BLW than with any other method of introducing solids.

I leave you with a few wise words I read in the Goddess Circle yesterday …I get the feeling someone out there needs to hear them today. :)

The way I see it is that there is always, ALWAYS, a gift in a situation. A lesson, a forgiveness, an acceptance, a confirmation, etc…Sometimes life just tries to slow us down a bit to see the gift.