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When my friend Sonali told me that she had published a book and wanted to send me a copy, I was so excited! The book, Natural Baby Food: Over 150 Wholesome, Nutritious Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler, is everything that I expected (and more!) from this uber-talented woman who is not only a friend, but also a physician, food blogger, trained chef and mom!
Just think of all the things you have to figure out when you're a new parent - especially when it's your first child! What this book offers is a road map to nutrition from baby to toddler. The recipes are based on real ingredients cooked simply - to set a foundation for lifelong nutritious eating. And the book doesn't just offer individual recipes, but menu planning advice and helpful insight into how and when to start feeding your baby solid food and even how to feed children safely.
My friend Meghan has two beautiful girls, Hannah and Sadie. So I invited her over to try out one of the recipes: Steamed Cherry Puree.
Job one: pit the cherries. Hannah put some muscle into it!
Then it was break time to eat a few whole cherries and admire her handiwork.
Once we had the cherries pitted, it was time to steam them.
Sadie didn't know yet that she was in for a treat!
We steamed the cherries for about 3 minutes and then it was time for the blender.
Then it was time to eat! Sadie and Hannah both loved it! And what's not to love about 'Cherry Soup' (as Hannah called it)?
If you're looking for nutritional guidance for babies and toddlers, complete with delicious recipes and sage advice, I have just the book for you.
Steamed Cherry Puree for Babies
- 24 cherries pitted
- Place the cherries in a steamer basket over boiling water. Steam 3 minutes or until tender.
- Transfer cherries to blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If using a blender, cover open top with a towel instead of the blender lid to insure that hot liquid won't spray out.
- Let cool and serve.