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Beetroot and Broccoli Mash – Stage 2

beetroot-and-broccoli-mashSo I’m at count down now with book launch number 2 – 10 days to go! Whilst every time I think about the launch, my heart is literally pounding out of my chest [I’m that scared!], I am also very excited and proud at the same time. It really is a fab book, and I’m really excited to hear all your thoughts about it. Please feel free to leave me comments below.

So onto my recipe! This is a delicious, mildly sweet yet earthy tasting two-veg mash taken from my cookbook – The Flavour-led Weaning Cookbook. Perfect for tickling a baby’s sweet and savoury taste buds. Beetroot may encourage the production of disease-fighting white blood cells and contains folic acid and iron. Broccoli is also rich in vitamin C while turmeric is known as an anti-inflammatory spice. With all these immune-boosting ingredients, this yummy mash may help to keep colds and flu at bay. Suitable for babies from 7 months.

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Banana Suji Halwa (Semolina Dessert) for Babies


So this recipe is a golden oldie… literally! It’s golden appearance and soft texture makes it a wonderful treat for baby, and taken from my first ever ebook published 4 ½ years ago, it’s definitely an oldie. I decided to publish this recipe at the request of one of my lovely followers, so I hope you all enjoy.

Suji (sooji) is a traditional Indian and Pakistani pudding made from semolina.  Semolina is made from durum wheat, so provided your little one doesn’t have a wheat allergy, this one will go down a treat! Aaliyah loved this one – well-mashed, naturally sweet and with tiny little soft lumps, is perfect for working your little one’s tongue muscles to help speech develop. It’s also super easy and quick to cook – ready in just 15 minutes. Suitable for babies from 7 months onwards.

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Indian Cauliflower Cheese (V)

INDIAN BABY FOOD RECIPE – STAGE 2: 7 MONTHS PLUS

This creamy British dish is always a favourite in my household but I like to spice it up a little by adding some yummy garlic and cumin just it give it a little extra pizazz!

cauliflower and cheese

This meal is totally dedicated to white superfoods – cauliflower and garlic. Cauliflower is high in vitamin C, is great for healthy skin, brain function and combined with cumin is great for a strong immune system. This is perfect for the time of year now that the cold is beginning to settle in because not only will this meal boost your little ones immune system, garlic has anti-viral properties which will help to keep pesky cold and flu viruses away.

SuperFoods included – cauliflower, garlic
Superspices included – cumin, black pepper

Cooking and preparation time: 15mins
Makes 4-6 servings

300g (11 oz) cauliflower florets – fresh or frozen
20g (¾ oz) unsalted butter
¼ tsp minced garlic
Pinch of ground cumin
1 ½ tbsp plain flour
130ml (4.5 fl oz) whole milk
Pinch of ground black pepper
25g (1 oz) cheddar cheese – mild or medium

Steam the cauliflower florets in a steamer or in the microwave by placing them in a microwavable dish, adding 1 tablespoon of water and covering with a lid (leaving a small vent) or cling film (piercing a few holes) and steaming for 7-8mins until tender.

Melt the butter in a pot on low heat, add the garlic and cumin and stir for 30secs. Then sprinkle in the flour and keep stirring until a loose paste has formed.

Pour in the milk in a little at a time stirring continuously until all has been poured in and let the sauce cook for a few minutes until it has thickened.

Remove from the heat, add the black pepper and sprinkle in the cheese a little at a time and stir until melted. Continue to do this until all of the cheese has been added and the sauce is smooth.

Stir in the cauliflower and mash or puree for babies as required. Alternatively leave the florets whole for older toddlers and offer it to them as a finger food. Great for helping babies practice their motor skills.

Tip: The sauce should be cooked on low heat throughout the recipe and use the smallest hob on the stove, this way you’ll avoid burning the butter and spices when you begin.

References

Ahmed, ZJ. 2012. Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook. London: Autharium

Free Cookbook: Download Now

To date the response to my first book ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook’ (published by Autharium) has been fabulous and I’ve been contacted by lots and lots of mummy’s and daddy’s to say that using it has been a great help for weaning, has made their kids less fussy about food and has inspired them to add a little spice to their normal everyday meals to inject a little va va voom into their meal times.

I want ALL parents to benefit from Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook, which is why I am offering parents a chance to sample my book in the form of a ‘mini-taster edition’ for FREE.

Yummy Indian SuperMeals for Kids: Mini-Taster Edition!

SYNOPSIS

Yummy Indian SuperMeals for Kids: Mini-Taster Edition!’ (published by Autharium), is a tiny glimpse into the bestselling ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook’, the UK’s FIRST Indian baby cookbook written by Zainab Jagot Ahmed.

Containing a small selection of tasty recipes from ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook’, this ‘mini-taster edition’ allows you to try out some recipes for your baby and toddler, to give you an idea of the delicious, adventurous Indian delights the main book has to offer.

With nutritionists recommending a reduction in the amount of salt and sugar children consume, Zainab Jagot Ahmed uses aromatic spices as an alternative and in doing so, produces some absolutely scrumptious meals without the use of salt, sugar or chilli.

All recipes have been carefully adapted to suit babies and toddlers little taste buds without overwhelming them.

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Super Quick Bombay Potatoes (V)

FINGER FOOD RECIPE – SUITABLE FOR 1-3 YEAR OLDS

Bombay potatoes_labelled

Bombay potatoes are a delicious snack or wonderful accompaniment to a larger family meal. The potatoes are usually fried to crisp them up, however, this recipe DOES NOT  involve any frying to keep this snack as healthy as possible for baby.

I served this up to my daughter the other day and there was a lot of delightful ‘umm…ing’ going on and she polished off the whole potato!

– SuperFoods included – white potato, olive oil, garlic, ginger, tomato

– SuperSpices included – brown mustard seeds

This snack is bursting with lots of white SuperFoods, all high in antioxidant activity. It is also carb-charged suggesting your little one will have lots of energy necessary for playing and running around (perhaps I should have some too! Ha!). Potassium from the potato is also necessary for the heart and the function of all other internal organs.

Not forgetting the SuperSpice, mustard seeds, these are antioxidant and rich in selenium, an anti-cancer mineral also found in chicken!!

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Spices in Baby Food: The Benefits

Using spices in baby food seems to be a relatively new subject at the moment, and most people are reluctant to introduce spices into their little one’s diet due to the lack of ‘official’ advice available through health care services.

Don’t let this deter you however. If spices are not included within the ‘official’ advice, this does not imply you cannot use them within baby food. It is important to remember that these are only recommendations and guidelines. There are no solid procedures you must follow as a parent. So go ahead and throw out the rulebook!

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