This is Eli

A blog about Eli. A blog about survival – and by that, I mean life!

For many months, Mark watched over the Magic Baby Bullet with jealous care.

The teeny blender for little people food saved us a lot of cash.

Eli has moved past the blended baby food stage, but while Mark developed recipes, I had him jot a few favorites down.

Mark and Eli raid the fridge

Mark and Eli raid the fridge


Once a little one is old enough, you can blend up just about anything the family has for dinner.

Eli, who aaahmp aaahmps 1,300 cals a day, does so to keep his BMI at 50 percent or more. A robust CFer will have better lung health, studies say. Yet, Eli’s body doesn’t digest fat right. In addition to enzymes to help him absorb fat plus calorie-laden food, we put extra butter and/or heavy whipping cream in his meals shortly after he started solids.

For parents of infants with cystic fibrosis reading this, I would advise you contact your nutritionist on how much butter to add, when to add it, and all of that. Because too much will give a itty baby the runs.

For parents of your standard teeny person who does not have cystic fibrosis, the recipes are great for your baby, too! The butter won’t be necessary!

We used the Magic Baby Bullet Blender to grind and puree. You can make your own baby cereal, too, from grains like brown rice or bulgar wheat. Before you cook grains you have to mill the grain, which basically means, blending it dry. I’m pretty sure Mark figured this out by trial-and-error. Our brown rice cereal was a little gelatinous – don’t tell him I said that. When you have a man that whips up gourmet baby food meals…you don’t complain. I’m just sayin, just FYI. If anyone out there has a better way to make infant cereal from grains, let us know in the comments section! Feel free to add any tips and tricks for fattening and/or healthy meals and snacks for baby there!

Here are 6 recipes by Mark:

1. Bulgar Wheat – A great/ cheap high-fiber grain makes a lot of bugler cereal and can be put into just about any food.

I first take 1 cup and mill the grain into a fine powder. Pour 2.5 cups of water into a small pot, stir in the fine bulgar cereal so that there are no clumps. Bring to a boil and stir often, take the heat down to low and cover for about 25-30 minutes. Bulgar wheat cereal should have taken on all the water – should not be soupy.

2. Yogurt, Banana, Bulgar Wheat, Blueberry
1 Cup – Organic Vanilla Whole Milk Yogurt
2 Bananas
1 Cup – Frozen organic Blueberries – defrosted
½ cup – Cooked Bulgar Wheat
Combine Yogurt and Bulgar wheat in Baby Bullet and mix until thoroughly mixed, take out of Baby bullet and set aside in a large bowl. Place bananas and blueberries in Baby bullet until mixed thoroughly. Combine Banana/Blueberry mixture with yogurt/bugler wheat mixture. Makes a good amount of food, I usually take half and freeze it and place the rest in the fridge.

3. Spinach, Cherry, Bulgar Wheat
1 Cup – Organic Frozen Cherries – defrosted
2 Cups – Whole leaf baby spinach
½ Cup – Bulgar Wheat
Defrost 1 cup cherries in microwave, set aside. Measure out ½ Cup Bulger wheat set aside. Bring 4 cups water to a boil add spinach let boil about 5-7 minutes stirring until spinach is very tender, dump into a strainer and run cold water over spinach. Put all ingredients into Baby Bullet and mix until completely mixed. Makes about 2 cups.

4. Banana, Bulger Wheat, Yogurt
**Great for breakfasts
3 Whole Bananas
1 Cup – Organic Vanilla Whole Milk Yogurt
½ Cup – Cooked Bulger wheat cereal
Combine all ingredients into Baby Bullet and Mix Well until soupy.

5. Brown Rice is also a great grain to cook and add to any meal.
-Take 1 cup long grain brown rice and mill until it becomes a fine powder.
-Add brown rice and 8 cups of water to a pot. Stirring it in so there are no clumps.
-Bring to a boil, turn heat to low and cover for about 20 minutes until rice cereal is mushy.

This makes about 4 cups of brown rice cereal, which can be added to just about any foods you make.

6. Avocado Puree
2 Whole Avocados
½ Cup Cooked brown rice cereal.
Cut open and core the avocados add to baby bullet with rice cereal and mix. Easy as pie!

I’d like to do a blog a day in May! Week 1=recipes. Food at our house is challenging. I’m trying to be healthy-ish, Mark and Laila are picky and not that hungry, and Eli is typically ‘hangry,’ –that’s hungry-angry – a number of times a day. Sometimes we make awesome, fattening 50s meals and my ‘healthy’ solution is to try not to eat half the pan. Portion control, with a salad that takes up about half the plate, if I can control myself. Mmmmmm casserole. Eli feels hunger deeply because of his food absorption issues. We need to keep him fat. This is my food challenge and I am looking for solutions. Do you have any? They don’t have to fit our family’s needs in any exact way. That’s impossible…or is it? If you have any ideas, please send them my way, because in just a few days, I’m going to run out of things to write. Here are a few things I’m looking for: Easy, fast, nutritious food ideas for families. Anything! Breakfast, lunch, dinner sides. Tips for keeping little people with CF nice and chubby. Snack ideas for toddlers. Do-it-yourself dishes picky Laila will eat – because she eats more when she builds a dinner. Decadent desserts, because, you only live once. How about Southern classics? Ann, I’m talking to you. I so want to publish your copy of that NOMS cornbread pudding. Want to send me some more? Would you like to share a family favorite? Sisters, Keeping classics? Let’s get a list together. Thank you for reading, and please feel free to send a comment or a note.

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