The Essential Guide to Baby's First Year gives detailed instructions for making applesauce, fresh fruit purees using pears, peaches, and bananas, vegetable purees using carrots, sweet potatoes, and peas, and poultry meals for babies. The book also offers vegetarian and special diet recipes, packaged neatly intoweekly sample menus.
My twins are 10 months, which is strange to write down or say out loud. But..they are and I am up to my elbows trying to keep them happy with my kitchen concoctions. We are just about out of patience for my 'Sweet Potato Surprise', again. They guys want some more variety..some spice..some FLAVA! you might say.
So, I was open minded and optomistic when along came The Essential Guide To Baby's First Year which included a section on recipes. Yes, this is an entire manual on your baby's first year- but I am going to focus on the recipe section for this review. The example recipe is a Vegan Fresh Fruit Compote:
Vegan Fresh Fruit Compote Recipe
-1 apple, cored and sliced
-1 plum, sliced
-1 peach, peeled and sliced
-1 slice of lemon
-Pinch of cinnamon
-2 tsp. brown sugar
-2 cups waterBoil water with the sugar and cinnamon. Add the fruits and cook until they are soft. Squeeze the slice of lemon over the mixture. Cool. Serve as is or on top of a waffle or pancake (A great breakfast option).
Here's what it looked like-
|This was pre boil|
|Next to chopped waffles|
Don't mind one of my dogs. He always shows up in our pictures and stalks my kids for food. Overall, everyone (including myself) was happy with this tasty treat. My toddler said 'No thanks' but that didn't surprise anyone. He doesn't like anything these days- except maybe chips, cookies or candy.
The Essential Guide to Baby's First Year discusses tips for food storage,age-appropriate recipe alternatives, and nutrition information to keep your baby (and your wallet) happy and healthy.?
In addition to this fresh fruit compote recipe, you can find several others in this handy first year guide. In all honesty- I am much more laid back this time making food for these guys. I was so paranoid with my first that I was really conservative with what I would give him, and to be honest- I feel like it's coming back to bite me. He isn't an adventurous eater AT ALL. I find that I frequently have to make his dinners separately from our own- his without the sauce or seasonings or what have you. I wonder what the twins will be like since I am branching out a bit and expanding their palate selections? Who knows. It might or might not work...toddlers are weird anyhow.
Overall- this guide has some simple recipes with creative ingredients if you are looking for them!
Buy it: You can purchase The Essential Guide To Baby's First Year at many online bookstores or Target (The Place Where Our Budget Goes To Die as I like to think of it) for around $12.50.
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