Great foodie tips for toddlers
As a mum to a fussy toddler its hard to buy cookbooks and actually use most of the recipes. When shopping around for cookbooks i always try and make sure their are more than 1 or 2 recipes that will actually be suitable. Here are my two favourite kids cookbooks Annabel Karmel's Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner - i got this book shortly after Joey started weaning. Even though i didn’t use any recipes for puree we have used it a lot for solid foods. This is probably the most value for money book you'll ever buy as it covers all aspects of weaning. Joeys favourite meals from the book are Spanish Omelette Salmon & Broccoli Pasta Mummy's Favourite Fish Pie Mini Cottage Pie The above meals are some of Joey’s favourite meals and now that he’s 2 the recipes are easy to adapt to suit his tastes at the moment. Everything apart from the spanish omlette are really handy to batch cook and have a freezer stash.
Ella's Kitchen cook book: the red one I haven't spent as much time with this book than the Annabel Karmel one but it has some great recipes in here. I've used one or two and I'd love to use more but because Joey is extremely fussy at the moment i wouldn't want to waste a whole meal. Our favourites so far are... Quickly does it quiche Fruity cheese on toast Chick-chick chicken pasta bake What i look for in a cookbook is for recipes that are easy to follow, doesn't require fancy equipment to make and most importantly meals suitable for the whole family. These two recipe books are perfect for dipping into when you want some meal inspiration. If you want to rely on cookbooks for mealtimes then a good idea is to do a weekly meal plan. Write down a list of ingredients you'll need if you haven't got them in already. I try to meal plan as much as I can as it saves time and money when doing the food shop. Do you have a favourite childrens cookbook?
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