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Cook Book Recs?

My 13-month-old is enjoying exploring solid food, especially anything he can pick up. Any suggestions for cook books with recipes for the whole family?

cross-posted to parenting101

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Jul. 9th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)

That's what we used for everything until we realised that you don't need to segregate baby/adult eating. You can use adult recipes as well just by cutting out salt, for example. I would say though that having sampled a lot of the foods in that book, there's no reason you couldn't eat them as well. I really don't understand the difference between child and adult food except in portions to be honest...
Jul. 9th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
Pretty much what theafaye said here. We found out that the food the kids enjoyed most was the food that we also liked. We made it the same for them, just less salt.

So potatoes of just about any sort and any which way, sweet potatoes with honey was a favourite, pasta with sauce, lasagna, cottage cheese, yogourt, other cheese (both kids became cheese connoisseurs and were all about the smoked cracked pepper Gouda cheese, which we all thought was bizarre), toast with jam, toast with cheese, oatmeal, cheerios, they both loved deli meats we got for the sandwiches. Jason found this awesome stir-fry sauce, and we would stir-fry veggies with the sauce to make them softer - the kids went crazy over them, because they loved the sauce. Broccoli in particular because it seemed to soak up the most sauce. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, other eggs - you name it! There was very little they couldn't eat at that age.

The other thing that helped was the concept of "dipping". Dipping fruit into yogourt, or dipping veggies into veggie dip, there was a period where just about anything could be eaten as long as it was dip-able into something. We avoided ketchup since lots of our friends had problems with their kids going crazy over ketchup and refusing to eat anything without ketchup.

I know it's not a recipe book, but hopefully this gives you some ideas :)
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