Happy Monday! Before getting into my book review and giveaway, I wanted to share my weekly meal plan.
I’m trying a couple of new recipes this week included a veggie filled pasta sauce from Jamie Oliver and a tasty-looking chicken recipe from All Recipes. I’ve never been good at pan frying so this should be interesting.
To me, summer meals are all about ease and pre-prepping so when you get home you can make everything really fast. We’ve been enjoying the longer days and like to swim in the late afternoons.
For more meal plans, see Org Junkie.
What’s Cooking this Week
Monday: Chicken Fajitas with all the toppings.
Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatballs with homemade sauce, salad and bread
Wednesday: Kids’ Choice
Thursday: Chicken Marsala with brown rice and zucchini, salad and fruit
Friday: Salmon cakes with baked potato fries and fruit (new family favorite)
The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet
I often get sent products and books to review. I like to review products that I think my readers will find helpful. While I know some of you are out of the baby and young toddler stage — many of you are in it or planning to be in it again (and again and again).
When I decided to make baby food for Big A, I was disappointed that there were no up-to-date books on introducing solids. Actually, this is one of the reasons I started the blog — to keep parents up-to-date on the latest and greatest research regarding childhood nutrition issues.
The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet is written by a nurse and dietitian. It is well organized, easy to follow and chock full of nutritious recipes for kids 2 and under. Of course these recipes can still be used for older kids such as Strawberry -Banana Tofu Smoothie, Banana Buttermilk Pancakes and Awesome Avocado and Egg Sandwich.
While a majority of the book is filled with recipes, the authors also help clarify key issues like whether or not to buy organic and how to prevent cavities and choking. They also provide a checklist of everything needed to make baby food — and they really keep it simple which I like. I don’t think any new parent has hours to make food!
The book also includes a feeding chart on when to introduce different foods. It still recommends waiting to introduce allergenic foods but I think the literature is starting to go the other way — encouraging parents to introduce such foods earlier. We still need more research and no doubt this is a confusing area. I encourage parents with a family history of food allergies to choose a pediatrician who specializes in this area.
This is a great book for any parent looking to get started making baby food. I still recommend parents get a resource on how to feed, such as ones from Ellyn Satter, which recipe-based books don’t address. We all know around 2 kids become pickier and feeding more challenging and it is vital to be prepared for this lengthy stage of development.
I have an extra copy of the book waiting to be sent to one of you. And for those of you out of this stage, this book makes the perfect baby shower gift. To enter here’s what you have to do:
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The winner will be chosen using random.org and will be announced on Raise Healthy Eaters’ Facebook page. The giveaway will ends in one week — Monday, July 18th at midnight.