201 Organic Baby and Toddler Meals by Tamika Gardner is a excellent cookbook. I often get stuck in a rut when it comes to feeding the kids and I love kid friendly meals that are easy and tasty and there’s a lot of that in this book. I love how it tells you about the Toxic 20. Some foods are best to get organic and some don’t matter as much. It also has a quick reference guide for recipes letting you know if it’s freezer friendly, on-the-go, gluten free and shares the toxic 20 logo letting you know that if the ingredients are high in pesticides and should be purchased organic if possible.
I love Chapter 2 as it goes into Meal Planning. This is something I swear I am going to start today! As well as planning family time at the table. There’s also tips for smart shopping and with so many apps out there Flipp being one of my faves I can easily find sales and get the best prices-even for organic produce. I’d love to grow my own food but until then I’ll by farmers I know and hit the grocers across the street.
Some essentials needed for stocking the kitchen to get cooking:
Full size Food Processor– I love mine. I even named her Birdie paying homage to Mad Men as I loved Betty Drapers character and well…I love my Breville SousChefPlus12(stay tuned for that review!) Having a food processor is a valuable tool (add it to your baby registry) for chopped salads, salsa, dressings, pizza dough and so much more! Even oat flour can be made with a food processor.
Sharp Knives– Something I’ve been pining for a long time but I make do with what I have but sharp knives are a great for precise cutting.
Cutting Board– You need one for meat and one for veggies and fruit. This will help to prevent cross contamination. I love eco friendly bamboo cutting boards.
Salad Spinner– So handy for drying produce quickly! Eco friendly too without having to use paper towels.
Blender– Blend to make perfect popsicles, smoothies, soups and puree’s. I love my Blendtec!
Santevia Food Spa– I love that I can buy non organic produce and have it so clean that it removes 99% of pesticides!
Here’s a little excerpt for an intro meal to Baby Food:
Do you see all the wonderful recipes you can make for your child(ren)? I have a made a lot of recipes from here. Kale Chips, Magic Mango Colesaw, Savoury Herbed Chicken Breasts, Grilled Turkey Sliders, Cinnamon Apple Pinwheels(great for a back to school lunch snack too!), Sunflower Smoothie, Quinoa Taboulis Salad…yeah. These were some of the things I made and that the kids loved.
With Fall around the corner sadly it’s time to warm up and keep those bellies full. For back to school my son loves a good bowl of oatmeal and I love using steel cut oats! Here from the Organic Baby & Toddler Meals is the Butterscotch Oatmeal recipe. Enjoy!
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