Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers
Feeding a child is a big responsibility and I think most parents feel its weight. I always come back to the idea that whatever we give our children to eat becomes a part of them. That is a scary and powerful fact. Anni Daulter's book Organically Raised is both a helpful guide and packet of inspiration. What I like about this book: 1. Practical information like when/how to start solid food, equipment to buy etc. 2. Special recipes including puree blends with cute names like "Spring Flight - kiwi fruit, pear and raisin" as well as plenty of easy toddler and big kid recipes. 3. Fun tid bits to keep you reading like the mama mantra "I love this culinary adventure we are on together" and the kitchen mantra "Every meal prepared in this kitchen will be done with love, joy, and the intention of feeding my family in body, mind, and spirit." Maybe that last one is too spacey for you but I think we should all hang a mantra in our kitchens to remind us of what we're doing, don't you?
Ps. Maybe a nice time to think about eating organic food?
I wanted to make an easily portable and healthy snack for Dylan to take to the park or enjoy while reading books. He LOVES these...I had to cut him off yesterday.
from Organically Raised
Makes 14 servings
1 cup almond butter
1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup, agave)
1/2 cup coconut flakes
2 cups whole grain oats
2 T wheat germ
2 T ground pistachios (I used walnuts because that's what I had, any nut will do)
1/4 cup raw cocoa powder (optional, I left it out)
*Nuts and honey are poo-pooed for babies under 1. Check with your pediatrician on how to approach these foods after 1 year.
1. Preheat oven to 300 F
2. Mix the almond butter and honey in a medium bowl. Set aside.