THE BEST BABY FOOD
Y’all already know how I feel about eating the best you can. So…with the new grandchild on the way I decided to find healthy options for feeding the little one. I found a wonderful book to help. Let’s check it out.
“The Best Baby Food” gives you the skills you need to make your own baby food. Making sure baby’s taste buds are exposed to numerous fruits and vegetables helps start a healthy lifestyle early. No having to rely on the few jarred varieties on the shelf. You can make your own.
I love the idea of making your own baby food so you know exactly what is in it. You can even use organically grown foods ensuring that your precious angel is eating the best food possible. This keeps harmful chemicals out of baby’s body.
I really like that “The Best Baby Food” was written by chef, Jordan Wagman, and nutritionist, Jill Hillhouse. The first part of the book explains the importance of varying your babies flavor experiences with a wide variety of foods. This helps not only nutritionally, but also encourages better eating habits as your baby grows. I love that the chef explains how subtle changes in preparation can make the difference in whether or not you child will like a food. Who knew there were so many ways to make baby food taste better.
Check out a few of the Baby Food Recipes:
Roasted Summer Fruit
This recipe works for virtually any fruit and can be served with breakfast, lunch or dinner. Although roasting fruit does demand a wee bit of work, the return is worth it. The caramelization of natural sugars created by roasting is tough to duplicate. Try it once and I promise you’ll do it over and over again.
Makes about 4 cups (1 L)
Always buy organic plums, peaches, raspberries and blueberries, unless they are wild.
• Baking dish, lightly greased
• Potato masher, optional
• Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C)
2 organic peaches, pitted 2
11⁄2 cups raspberries 375 mL
11⁄2 cups organic or wild blueberries 375 mL
11⁄2 cups whole organic strawberries, stems removed 375 mL
2 organic plums, pitted 2
2 tbsp evaporated cane juice sugar or coconut sugar 30 mL
1. In prepared baking dish, combine peaches, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, plums and sugar, stirring until fruit is evenly coated with sugar.
2. Roast in preheated oven until fruit is soft and nicely caramelized (see Tips, left), about 1 hour. Mash or cut to desired consistency. Let cool until warm to the touch before serving or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
In winter substitute apples for the peaches or cranberries or frozen berries for the berries.
Carrots are a staple in our home, from yellow baby carrots to the larger everyday versions. Children love their natural sweetness.
Makes about 1 cup (250 mL)
11⁄2 cups coarsely chopped peeled carrots 375 mL
1 cup filtered water 250 mL
1. In a saucepan, combine carrots and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until carrots are very soft, about 25 minutes.
2. Transfer to blender or use an immersion blender in the saucepan. Purée until smooth. Let cool until warm to the touch before serving or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
Egg and Sweet Pepper Fried Rice
This is a great way to introduce your baby to the wonders of Chinese food.
Makes about 21⁄2 cups (625 mL)
Always buy organic bell peppers.
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided 30 mL
1⁄2 cup finely diced organic red bell pepper 125 mL
1⁄2 cup finely diced sweet onion, such as Vidalia 125 mL
1 tsp minced peeled gingerroot 5 mL
3⁄4 cup brown basmati rice, rinsed and drained 175 mL
11⁄2 cups filtered water 375 mL
2 egg yolks, whisked 2
1. In a saucepan, heat half of the oil over medium heat. Add pepper, onion and ginger, and sauté until onion is translucent. Stir in rice. Add water and bring to a rapid boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside, covered, until liquid is absorbed, about 25 minutes.
2. In a large skillet, heat remaining oil over high heat. Add egg yolks, swirl and cook until they form a thin “omelet.” Stir in rice mixture. Cook, without stirring, for 3 minutes. Stir well and cook until mixture is warm throughout, about 5 minutes. Purée to your baby’s preferred consistency, pulsing for a chunkier texture. Let cool until warm to the touch before serving or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
All recipes are Courtesy of The Best Baby Food Recipes by Jordan Wagman & Jill Hillhouse 2015 © http://www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.
Incredibly delicious baby food using ingredients you often have on hand in your pantry or refrigerator.
Helping your baby acquire a taste for wholesome, healthy food is the best way to ensure that he or she develops eating habits that will promote good health thoughout life.
Full color throughout and packed with practical nutritional information and easy-to-make recipes, this book will show you how to create an array of delicious and interesting dishes that your baby or toddler will simply love.
The chapters are broken down according to age, beginning with 6 to 9 months — when most babies can start eating solid food. From there, it moves on to 9 to 12 months and 12 months +/Toddlers.
The techniques are simple and baby tested, and the results are nothing short of mouth-watering. You’ll be able to prepare your own baby food safely and easily, and complete nutritional information is included for each recipe. There’s also a Chef Jordan tip and a Nutrition Tip, profiling information that you will find very valuable, both as a parent and as a cook.
With the help of this book, you’ll soon be able to create great-tasting meals and help your baby or toddler become a healthy eater who enjoys a wide variety of tantalizing foods.
Ready to buy? Head on over to Robert Rose CA and get ya a copy or two. While you are there check out all of the other fantastic books available.
I was not a paid for my opinion; however I may have been given a free product for review. Thanks to all of my sponsors and their parent companies for their support in this review.