When my son started eating solids at six months I decided to join him for a sampling of the simple flavours that each vegetable and fruit had to offer.
Living in Melbourne, we are continuously confronted by food as entertainment with flavours being at the forefront of the experience. On most menus you will find “infused this”, ”garnished that”; it seems the more complex the dish the better it is.
Feeding my son has allowed me to discover the beauty behind each individual food and the pleasure in its simplicity (steamed carrot and sweet potato are highly underrated). He is on a diet of mainly mother’s milk, fruit and vegetables – not because we have chosen that for him but because that is what he likes at this stage of his development. The fact he has taken to this simple way of eating has been a great learning tool for me. As they say, kids will teach you more about yourself than you will ever teach them!
My qigong master has always stressed the importance of simplifying the menu to help heal the belly and take pressure off the digestive system. The chi energy teachings believe to create energy flow we need to help the body by giving it foods that are warm and easily digestible, creating a perfect internal yin yang balance.
Naturopaths always strip the diet from complexities to soothe the digestive system and doctors prescribe a restricted diet for individuals suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Each different modality comes back to the basics of food to heal a broken gut.
With food opinions being forced upon us constantly in the media these days it can be so confusing as to what to eat, so why not just strip it back and eat simply? Yes, at first things could taste a little bland but as your taste buds adjust the flavours of each individual piece of steamed veg or fruit you consume will eventually come out.
As we are coming into winter, it is the perfect time to try the “baby” foods that are warming and soothing on the belly, as well as eating in line with the season. Soup, for example, is really just baby food with a higher water content, so try a simple diet of vegetable soups, steamed veggie bowls and stews as winter sets in.
I thought that I would share with you one of our favourite breakfast and dinner options. Perfect warming food to start and end the day as winter sets in. You can even prepare this at the beginning of the week by freezing the veg and fruit to maximise nutrient levels and cut down cooking time.
And remember, less is more when it comes to food, so strip it back for a bit and eat like a baby!
Organic pear & prune quinoa porridge
We chose this combination for our son as pears help keep him regular, prunes have a high iron content (as breast milk’s iron content is lowered after six months), and quinoa provides fibre, iron and protein.
2 x organic pears cut into cubes, skin off or on to desire (any sort, this will vary cooking time slightly)
3 x organic prunes
1 cup x filtered water
¾ cup x organic quinoa flakes
Bring pears and water to the boil in a stainless steel pot with lid on and boil for approx. 2 mins (or until soft). Add prunes and blend until smooth. Return mixture to pot and add quinoa flakes. Simmer until flakes have expanded and mixture is at right consistency. Add more water or flakes if required.
Ensure that you cool down the little ones before serving.
For the big people’s serve, you can add nuts and seeds, cacao nibs, goji berries and any seasonal fresh fruit.
Steamed veggies with mashed peas and avocado
This is a staple in our house as each week we do a big shop and prepare the vegetables and fruits frozen for the week. You can make a quick and easy dinner by just steaming in eight minutes. Quinoa, buckwheat noodles, brown rice or a palm-sized portion of organic meat are a great addition to this dish if desired.
(very loose in measurements, basically add what’s in season and keep it colourful.
1 cup x carrots
1 cup x beetroot
1 cup x pumpkin
1 cup x sweet potato
1 cup x cooked peas
1 cup x diced avocado
2 tbs filtered water
Dash of apple cider vinegar
Grab whatever vegetables you have in the freezer or cut fresh. Steam.
Whilst steaming, blend cooked peas and diced avocado with 1tbs water and a dash of apple cider vinegar to make a dressing.
Dish and serve. That simple.
Eat simple and eat well,