I guess it's no surprise that since Jordan is 3/4 Asian, he prefers Asian food above all else which is funny considering his own daddy wouldn't touch Chinese food until his senior year of high school. It probably also doesn't help that I moderately consumed Asian foods while pregnant or that I'm the one who feeds him during the day. Don't get me wrong, he'll still eat mac'n'cheese, pasta, casseroles, chicken nuggets, french fries, and loves his milkshakes (cuz they bring all the girls to the yard), but he definitely won't touch mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, or stuffing, and if given the choice, he'd pick the shrimp chips over the regular chips. It makes me so happy that he loves the stuff I liked growing up too!
Among his favorites are noodles, rice, Chinese style chicken soup, Asian snacks, and dumplings or frozen dim sum from Trader Joe's (cuz where else would we get it here?!)
I always meant to make some teriyaki sauce to mix with his veggies, protein, and rice, but I never actually got around to it until last night. What a success! He sat in his high chair, fed himself, and ate a hearty meal of shrimp, broccoli, and rice all slathered in teriyaki sauce. This will definitely be a consistent staple going forward.
I got the teriyaki sauce recipe from YourVegan Mom, but I didn't have any garlic powder, so I substituted with onion powder.
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 cup water
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
Mix the above on medium in a pot until it simmers. Reduce the heat to low, then add a mixture of 1 cup water, 1 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch and continue mixing on low heat. After a few minutes, move aside and let it cool.
I used a child sized pair of scissors gifted to me from my cousins in Taiwan (cuz that's where they sell stuff like this) specifically made for the purpose of cutting your child's food to make all his adult food edible (size-wise). The scissors even came with a cute cover so you can take it with you to restaurants (however, I seem to have lost that during the move) but I'm sure any pair of scissors would work.
It never ceases to amaze me how happy and proud I am when he eats what I cook. It's the best self affirmation ever.