Friday, August 22, 2008

Very green post

Basil-Miso Pesto Rigatoni

So here is the pesto porn that I posted a few post ago where I was talking about Rice + Beans by mistake. I purchased a basil plant that I named Henry at the farmers market 1 month or so ago and it had tripled in size! Since my sister was coming over and the herb was taking up the entire window I decided to prune it a bit and make a big thing of pesto which she and I equally love. I almost always serve pesto with long pasta but decided to use rigatoni this time and was very happy with how it came out. I wasn't sure if the pesto would cover the ins and outs of a tube pasta like rigatoni. I'm very happy to say that they both did their jobs very well. I'm also happy to report that Henry the Basil plant can probably produce at least 2 more rounds of pesto plus some extra uses in tomato sauces!

WW Pasta, Zucchini, Broccoli + Stringbeans
(for Reno)

I made this for Reno the other day. Most of it was thrown on the floor. She also pretended to be tired which she does when she doesn't want to eat what's in front of her. Some actually made it into her mouth and then was spit out. A very small amount made it into her stomach. She wasn't too into it. I was, so I ate some it. It was all really boring and steamed no flavor at all so I don't blame her. The next day I sauteed some more of it in olive oil which helped her eat a teeny bit more than she did the day before. Figuring out what a baby wants to eat has become a full time job for me. Sometimes it's fun. Sometimes not so fun. I'm contemplating starting another blog to document what she eats from day to day. Peter doesn't want her to be vegan. I don't want her to be omni so we've gone in between both and she will be raised vegetarian (for now.) When she can make her own decisions she will be allowed to eat whatever she wants within burger king or shit like that. It should all be interesting.

Walking (will be a year old next Sunday!!!)

Reno has been walking for about 2 weeks now. She's been taking a few steps here and there for about 1 month but now it's full on walking. Hardly anymore crawling. It's very exciting and also weird to have her all of a sudden just walk over to you.


urban vegan said...

Looks like you have rigatoni regati...regati are the little ridges that make your pesto cling so nicely. It just looks incredible.

Reno is just the cutest little girl...I am melting.

VeganCowGirl said...

Yah for Reno walking!!

I totally do the same thing when I don't want to eat something; throw it on the floor :) It works every time though!!

(I kind of wish I could actually get away with that....children rock!)

LizNoVeggieGirl said...


Aww, Reno is really growing up!! Too cute.

By the way, the next season of ANTM is supposed to be really crazy... get ready!! :0)

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Reno is such a cutie. You must be feeling very proud of her.

That pesto coated rigatoni is indeed food porn. It looks so delicious :)

aTxVegn said...

I'm so glad I didn't have to struggle with a picky eater kid. Mine was raised omni but ended up vegan. You're right, it will ultimately be their own decision.

Erin said...

I would love to read a blog about what Reno would or would not eat, it's very interesting to me as I have NO experience with babies yet. I'm nowhere near reproducing yet, but I've thought about how I would want to raise a child eating-wise since my bf is an omni. Vegetarian sounds like a good compromise.

Oh and the basil miso pesto sounds amazing!

Anonymous said...

Reno is so, so cute! And a year old already? Wow, time goes by so fast...
Wait till she runs and has you running after her :)