Today I’m celebrating the recent release of my latest cookbook, Natural Baby Food. Published by Hatherleigh Press and distributed by Penguin Random House, this book is the culmination of a year of work and is the follow up to my Natural Pregnancy Cookbook. After many late nights spent researching, writing and testing recipes, it’s so exciting to finally see the finished product in print. It’s almost like giving birth to another child!
|Tropical Rice Pudding|
I wanted to create a comprehensive guide that parents could turn to for answers to all of those questions while also providing them with a wide variety of nutritious, wholesome, and delicious recipes. In fact, the book contains more than 150 recipes ranging from when you first start your baby on solids at around 6 months of age all the way through to toddlerhood and beyond. It starts with simple single ingredient fruit and vegetable purees and progresses to combination meals, finger foods and toddler recipes. The last section even has recipes that the whole family can enjoy together.
|Banana Date Oat Muffins (no sugar)|
Making your own baby food at home is easy, nutritious, economical and fun! Plus, with homemade food, you know exactly what your baby is eating because you made it. You can let your inner chef run wild! You have a small but critical window of opportunity to develop your baby’s palate in their first two years. By choosing to make your own baby food, you are helping your little one develop a liking for tasty, nutritious food from an early age, all while putting them on the path to lifelong healthy eating practices.
|Grilled Cheese Dippers with Creamy Tomato Sauce|
Here’s a recipe from the book, my Purple Power Puree. A combination of blueberries, kale, and apple, this colorful puree is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! It’s a great way to incorporate nutritious greens like kale into your baby’s diet. They’ll love the flavor as well as the vibrant purple color of this dish. Look for Tuscan kale (also called laminate or dinosaur kale), which has a milder flavor and more delicate texture than curly kale. You can also use baby kale. I like to use organic apples and kale in this dish because the conventional varieties are commonly listed on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list of the fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide levels.
Purple Power (Blueberries, Kale & Apple)
- 2 medium apples, washed, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup chopped Tuscan (lacinato) kale, washed, peeled and chopped
- ½ cup blueberries, washed
- Place the apples and kale in a steamer basket set over boiling water. Cover and steam 8 minutes. Add the blueberries and steam an additional 2 minutes (optional).
- Puree with an immersion blender or food processor until smooth, adding a small amount of the cooking liquid if needed. If desired, strain the puree through a fine-mesh sieve. Cool and serve or store.
- Purple power puree can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3 days or in the freezer for 3 months. If freezing, spoon individual portions into ice cube trays or baby food containers, then cover and freeze.
I made some food in the beginning but then started buying jars of organic food. Now we’re onto table food which is so much easier, he basically gets whatever were eating in mini version! It was intimidating at first but now so much fun!
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Thanks for this info.Love to cook,need healthy food for my baby.
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Jen | Green Baby Deals says
Congrats on the book. Looks fantastic!
Many baby foods found in stores are safe and convenient, however many contain a lot of sugar, water and starch. Homemade ones have lower amounts and are more natural.
Mac Alvarez says
Natural baby food will surely get the success like your other books. You are working hard and it is an inspiration for many women. I wonder sometimes--how you're managing your time? Anyways, the food photographs are too much tempting and must be delicious too. I wish I could eat all these! Baby foods should be hygienic and must be checked the parents thoroughly before giving it to their children otherwise, it may create problem after that.
Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking says
Congrats on a big feat! It's going to be a while before a baby comes in my life but I have friends who will be having kids soon! The photos look lovely 😀
GiGi Eats Celebrities says
Ah ha ha! Well you beat me to it! I totally came up with an idea with my sister ( who just had a kid and makes her own baby food) to write a cook book with all her recipes!
Better you than me! CONGRATS LADY!!
Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies says
Congrats! Our friends just had a baby last week, and I was wondering what would be a fun gift for their baby girl! This sounds like a perfect gift for the family 🙂
Jessica Levinson says
Congrats again Sonali! You never cease to amaze me with all you do! Two books in one year is quite the accomplishment! Can't wait to check it out!
Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice says
Congrats to you! What a fantastic resource for new moms - I sure wish I had this when my daughter was a baby - I kind of had to wing it and pull from a lot of different resources for ideas back then 🙂
Sara @sarahaasrdn.com says
Yes! A wonderful resource for new parents! Lovely stuff Sonali!
Tara Rochford says
Congratulations on your SECOND book!! It sounds like such a helpful guide!
Elizabeth Shaw says
So proud of you Sonali! I can't wait to dive into this (and use my friends cute little baby as a taste tester!). You are such a rockstar- can't wait to see what great work you publish when she's a teen!
Ahhh, that cover is adorable!!! Congrats on your new book--that is so awesome, and I'm sure this will be so, so helpful for moms! :]!
Sarah Grace Spann says
oh my goodness I LOVE this! After just spending a few days serving as nanny for my sister's one year old, I have been around a LOT of baby food. This is SUCH a good diea to make your own!!