The downfall of the BLW approach for me is that it just assumes you're eating super-healthy, which I often am not (especially for lunch). One thing that has helped me a lot is a site called Babyfood101. I have absolutely no idea how I stumbled upon this place, but it has been my saving grace. Instead of being overwhelmed by a bunch of options, I get one email a week that tells me two new foods to give to baby (here's an example for the curious). It tells me at what age she's ready (and it always matches up to her age, so there's never a food she's not ready for), how to prepare it, whether it is worth it to buy it organic or not, and it even gives an adult recipe for the food too. For someone like me who has never had a good relationship with food (I generally eat for sustenance and didn't learn to cook until my 20's, so I mostly stick to the same stuff all the time), this is fan-freakin'-tastic! I've been learning a lot about food and trying new things myself as well.
Oh, and most of the preparation that the site gives me is catered to not having much time (i.e., buy frozen peas instead of shelling them because they freeze well) and none of it has involved a steamer basket. Most of the things can be finger foods or "fork-mashed" too, so I've only busted out the blender once--and it wasn't for lack of trying to do without it first when we did green beans. I've used plain whole yogurt to our advantage too, as sometimes I just mix the food with that. Who would've thought my baby would like pea-flavored yogurt?
Going vegetarian for the week wasn't all too hard, but I realized that almost everything I made had a tomato base to it. Even the Boca burgers had tomato ketchup! I also realized that I could never be vegan. Or at least it would require a major pantry/fridge overhaul to do so, and at this point in unemployment/possibly-moving-soon, that is just out of the question. As for being vegetarian? I went to the store one night, and the fried chicken someone behind me was buying smelled heavenly. I had already eaten dinner, too! One week was enough for me, so pass me that bucket of chicken already.