I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.
201 Organic Baby and Toddler Meals by Tamika L. Gardner
We all want to raise healthy eaters. To do that, we have to introduce our children to a variety of foods from a young age. With 201 Organic Baby and Toddler Meals by Tamika L. Gardner, you can ensure that your children are getting a variety of delicious and nutritious meals from the start.
Tamika Gardner, the book’s author, said:
I won’t have you spending time making funny faces or dinosaur shapes with food. However, I will show you how to make good meals with ingredients you can actually find, and feel good about feeding to your family.
She does just that with this cookbook. She shows us that delicious recipes don’t need silly gimmicks to encourage young children to try new things. The recipes are simple and easy to follow. The ingredients are easy to find as well. She even includes tips on stocking your kitchen with essential tools and organic foods.
The recipes in this book are broken down into stages from 9 months to 3 years. But, I found that the recipes would be wonderful for older siblings and adults as well. There’s no need to made one meal for the toddlers and another one for everyone else. Everyone could enjoy the same meal together. My children and I found numerous recipes we wanted to try in this cookbook. They included:
- Cheeseburger Soup
- Tandoori Chicken
- Baby Cobb Salad
- Creamy Coconut Soup
- Zucchini Ships
- Homemade Toaster Pastries
- Baby Shawarma
- Peach Applesauce
- Butterscotch Oatmeal
- Sweet Potato Cornbread Muffins with Maple Butter
As you can see, there is a LOT of variety in this cookbook. These are just 10 of the 201 recipes found in this cookbook. All three of my children ate homemade baby food and now are all adventurous eaters. I attribute that to introducing them to a variety of foods starting at a very early age. The author recommends trying one new food a week. I wholeheartedly support that idea and have been doing that for years. This cookbook has a wonderful combination of classic flavors like the applesauce recipe and many new ones like the Baby Shawarma.
Throughout the book, you’ll find tips like this one above. Tips range from recipe pairing ideas to nutritional information for different ingredients. These tips are educational and very helpful.
In addition to great recipes, the author shares information on why feeding your family organics is important. She shares how to decipher food labels such as “natural” and “grass fed”, plannings tips to help you in the kitchen, and more. She does an excellent job of explaining why organic foods are the healthier option for you and your family. She offers you the information you need to get started cooking real food.
I highly recommend 201 Organic Baby and Toddler Meals by Tamika Gardner to anyone who has young children or anyone who just wants simple to create real food recipes. It offers great advice and recipes to help you provide delicious and healthy meals for your family. When we start our children on healthy food at a young age, they can continue that habit throughout their life. You can pick up this book at major retailers or online at Amazon.com.