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Erica’s Cooking Corner: Healthy Eating for Your Child

18 May 2011 One Comment

by Erica Ashmore


What to feed our little ones?  They can sure be fussy and it’s great way to ruin my day when my two year old refuses to eat what I have cooked.

I’ve spent the money on fresh, delicious, organic food only to have my 2 year old if he could flip the bird to it…It angers me so when he refuses to eat but I have found that if it sits there long enough he will eventually eat it as long as it is HE deciding if and when he should eat.

I put his plate in front of him and he looks at it and shakes his head.  I tell him “EAT!!!” he says “No, Mama, you EAT!”.  I go back to the kitchen to start on dishes and I peer around the corner to him looking at again and then I get excited with glee when I see his tiny finger pick at the food and bring it to his mouth.

What do you like to make for your child?

I have four cookbooks I’d love to share with you, and truly you should pick them up as there are great ideas on what to make and you can explore the countless recipes and improvise.

1) Sprout Right from Lianne Phillipson-Webb

  • This is fantastic resourceful book that takes through pregnancy nutrition all the way to toddler nutrition and recipes.

My favorite recipes from this book are Brown Rice pudding with unsulphured apricots,  Fruit Curry Buckwheat, Bean Burgers and so much more!  This is a Must Have for all new mothers.

2) Super Foods for Babies and Children by Annabel Karmel

  • This was my first book when at 6 months we brought in food.  The main reason I bought this book was because of the meal plans they had.  It showed when to start, recipes and how much baby should eat through out the day.  As a new mom, I didn’t know how often to feed my son purees and this was extremely helpful.

Favorite recipes from this book are Potato, leek, carrot and Pea puree, Apple, pear and prune with oats, Tiny pasta with swiss cheese, spinach and corn and Chicken fingers marinated in buttermilk. Again all the recipes are fantastic as these favorites of mine and are just to let you know of the selections.

3) Cooking Light- first foods

  • I found this at Winners.  I am always looking for new recipes and I love cook books rather than looking online for recipes.  Although I am not a Cooking Light kinda gal, I use butter and cream and whole milk so I modify the recipe to my likings and the selections here and information are great.

What we loved, Spinach and Butternut Squash Lasagna, Cheesy Broccoli Potatoes, Mini Whole Wheat Apricot muffins, Pumpkin Dip with Apples for dipping are yummy!  My tot is really getting into finger foods and dipping so this book had great recipes.

4) The Baby & Toddler Cookbook-Karen Ansel & Charity Ferriera

  • I was at Williams and Sonoma when I picked this up and again it was the recipes that I loved. I’ve used this the most in the last few days and all recipes have been a great success for Mr.Picky Fingers. This book will take you from 6months-3yrs of age

Some great recipes are the Indian-spiced lentil stew, Whipped Ricotta with Cherries, Zucchini Fritters, Almond Butter and Banana bites, Herbed goat cheese dip, Beet, squash and quinoa again great variety of recipes.

I hope these recipes recommendations have given you ideas, if you want the recipe just send me an email but I highly recommend you purchase any one of these books. They are helpful, you’ll discover new foods to cook and hopefully have a satisfied baby/toddler along the way!
I’m glad to brought my collection out as it is making me want to cook something right now.

If you’d like the recipe(s) email me at:  erica@everythingmomandbabyshop.com

Erica is a member of our BornFree Canada Mom Panel

One Comment »

  • black friday hollister t shirt said:

    The method for an Italian is: good roll (Wawa uses Amoroso’s), oil never mayo and oregano with tomatoes and onions but no lettuce. And for me, hot peppers.

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