I consider myself a pretty good, from-scratch cook (my husband and I even wrote a from scratch cookbook for expats when we were living in Uruguay), but sometimes it can be a challenge to come up with new recipes that are both healthy and tasty—especially on busy nights.
I received a copy of Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers from the author, Anni Daulter, to review. The first thing I noticed when I opened the book is that her son and my daughter share a name, Zoë ☺ So, a nice starting point, not to mention the beautiful photography throughout the book.
After reading Organically Raised from cover to cover, I think it’s a great starting point for moms looking for healthy recipes and food preparation techniques—not only for their babies, but for their whole family. Anni goes over the basics of making purees and baby food for older babies, but she also provides recipes for toddlers, most of which would also be great for adults. I’m really looking forward to trying a lot of the recipes.
With it being summer, we’ve been making a lot of homemade smoothie popsicles, so Zoë and I made the “Havana’s herbal peach tea frozen ice pops with crushed fruit.” They sounded like they would be an interesting, yet refreshing, change from our typical smoothie popsicles. Brian and I weren’t huge fans (to me they mostly just tasted like frozen tea), but the girls loved them. Kaylee actually threw a fit when she couldn’t get it in her mouth anymore.
There are several more recipes I’m looking forward to trying out, such as:
- Mackenzie’s superstar sweet potato cakes with sour cream
- Tennie’s Spanish veggie burger bites with flaxseed
- Joey’s roasted coconut oat balls
- Baby turns 1 no-sugar birthday cake
- Kael’s Mexican rice tortilla soup (we’ll be waiting for winter on this one)
I don’t agree with some of the advice given in the book, like using agave nectar and avoiding all saturated fats (I’ve shared before that saturated fats get a bad rap—coconut oil is amazing and full of saturated fat), but for the most part, I think Anni gives an excellent overview of healthy food preparation.
If you’re looking for a good cookbook to inspire you to prepare healthy meals for your whole family, check out Organically Raised.
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