When Mason’s pediatrician told me earlier this month that I needed to incorporate more finger foods into his diet because he’s such a peanut (not to mention nearly a year old), I sort of panicked. The kid may be 10 months old but he still doesn’t have any teeth, despite months of brutal teething symptoms. How could he possibly handle finger foods more substantial than those melt-in-the-mouth puffs without some horrible choking incident, I wondered?
Of course, I’ve since learned that those mighty little jaws can make quick work of lots of stuff, even cupcakes. So I’ve been focused on coming up with combos of finger foods that taste great together, the same concept that I use when I’m dreaming up new purees for Mason. I dice everything and cook all the veggies and fruits well so they’re super soft and easy for Mason to gum up. Here are my fave ideas — what are yours?
1. Sweet potato and apple
2. Banana and avocado
3. Roast chicken and apple
4. Cheese omelet and turkey-apple sausage
5. Elbow pasta with marinara sauce and foccacia
7. Swiss cheese and apricots
8. Mac ‘n’ cheese and beets
9. Green beans and pears
10. Butternut squash and peaches
11. Peas and plums
12. Carrots and apple
13. Banana and cherries
14. Fresh mozzarella and tomato
15. Cheddar cheese and figs