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Last night we ate pollo saltado, which translated to English means jumping chicken. It’s a Peruvian dish that in this variation included slices of chicken, tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers and parsley topped off with French fries.

I made Zyla a little plate and she loved it, especially the french fries. I already have to bribe her, allowing one small bite of a fry for every bite of chicken. Oh the fun we are in for!!!

Anyway, the dish had a lot of parsley in it and after Zyla, 13 months,tjndc5-5b20amzshcg1hbozfk3i_thumbnail.jpg managed to get some in her mouth, not to mention her cheeks and neck, I started thinking about the benefits of this herb.

Parsley apparently is an anti-oxidant, increases saline secretion and improves digestive activity. Sounds all good, but last night Zyla refused to go to sleep, pitching a major crying fit which subsided after we took her out of bed and allowed her to play for another 20 minutes. Maybe she wasn’t tired just then, I thought.

After she did go to sleep, she woke up about two hours later, again hysterical, lasting maybe 5 minutes. It was curious to us because ever since Zyla was 3 months old, she has slept through the night, rarely ever waking before the sun.

I wondered today if it had anything to do with the parsley she ate. I don’t know why I’m eyeballing the parsley as the culprit and not the onions or sweet peppers. Maybe it had nothing to do with food. She wasn’t gassy or any other issues you get from indigestion.

Herbs can be powerful, so I guess that may be why I’m fixating on it. Anyone have any thoughts on feeding baby herbs?

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As most parents soon discover, feeding a family is rarely that easy, whether its nursing a fussy newborn or trying to get a hot meal into a squirming toddler (or attempting both at the same time.) And that's not even the days when work runs late, the main course burns, or your adventurous little sushi eater announces from now on she will only eat food that is pink.

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Hema Easley Hema Easley has been a reporter for The Journal News since July 2002, first covering municipal government and then nonprofit agencies, women's issues and the South Asian and Muslim community in the Lower Hudson Valley. In her previous job, Hema was a correspondent for the Associated Press in South Asia. She lives with her husband and two sons in Orange County.
KatieKatie Ryan O'Connor, a Journal News editor and 35-year-old mother of three, never quite appreciated the work that went into feeding kids until she had to do it herself as a mother. If she had a food-and-kids philosophy it would be something like this: try your best to offer as much healthy food as possible, but sometimes fruits just have to be counted as vegetables and there are far worse things than chicken and spaghetti. Again.
TraceyTracey Princiotta, a 37-year-old mother of one, loves to cook, bake and eat, and is relieved that her son appears to be equally willing to chow down -- even if it's baby food and formula right now. Despite her husband's intense aversion to vegetables, she has high hopes of nurturing a true chowhound who will try everything at least once. And if all else fails, she's not above sneaking veggies into other foods.
Marcela Rojas Marcela Rojas has been a municipal reporter with The Journal News since January 2003. She is a native of Putnam County and grew up eating Peruvian food. She didn't realize until she was 13 that rice did not come with everyone's meal. After several years of living in Los Angeles -- where she grew a fondness for Thai food -- she returned to Putnam County where she now lives with her husband and daughter. Zyla (rhymes with Lilah) just turned 1 in March and, so far (her mother is pleased to note), loves to eat everything.
Swapna Venugopal Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, a Journal News reporter, started her career as a journalist in 1999 after graduating with a master's degree from New York University. Before joining the paper in 2006, Swapna worked as a municipal reporter for the Home News Tribune in New Jersey, and took a baby sabbatical to care for her two children, now ages 7 and 5. She has currently outsourced feeding her children and husband to her mother, who is visiting from India. Her friend and colleague Katie O'Connor, informs Swapna that she wouldn't mind being fed Indian food by her mother, too.
Randi Weiner Randi Weiner has been a reporter with The Journal News since 1989, having covered police, government and schools in Westchester and in Rockland. An Ohio native and 1976 graduate of Bowling Green State University, she worked for daily newspapers in Ohio and Michigan before moving east. She has tended bar and danced in a beledi troup and sat on the boards of two community theaters. She plays mandolin with the Shamrogues, Connecticuts largest Irish band. Randi lives in Connecticut with her husband and has three children.

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