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The Big Book of Organic Toddler Food: A Quick and Easy Cookbook to Feed the Whole Family Paperback – August 21, 2018
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Eating Habits from Babyhood to Toddlerhood:
Congratulations on this next step in feeding your child! You’ve made it to their first year or are nearly there and so much has changed. Just when you’ve gotten baby food purées down, your wonderful, funny baby grows into an adorable, opinionated toddler. To make the most of this next adventure, this book offers essential guidance and tasty recipes that your family can enjoy eating together with your toddler.
A Guide to Going Organic:
That walks you through the benefits of feeding your toddler organic food, and offers explanations on how to read labels and eat seasonally.
Toddler Eating Habits:
Points out signs that your toddler is ready for finger food, along with how to manage other developmental milestones, like transitioning from formula or breast milk to cow's milk.
Over 125 Deliciously Easy Recipes:
For the family that eats together, these recipes allow you to make one meal that everyone can enjoy.
Sample Recipe: Zucchini Noodles with Slow Cooker Turkey Meatball Marinara
Serves 4 to 6 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 8 hours
1. In a large bowl, mix together the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, carrot, sea salt, and 1 teaspoon of Italian herbs. Using a melon baller, form the mixture into balls and arrange in the slow cooker.
2. Add the drained tomatoes and one can with its juices, onion, garlic powder, and remaining 1 teaspoon of Italian herbs.
3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
4. Stir in the basil just before serving.
5. Spoon over the zoodles.
If desired, you can add up to two cups of additional chopped, fresh veggies to the marinara sauce when you add the other ingredients. Carrots, zucchini, and yellow squash are all good choices.
- 1 pound ground turkey, 2 portions Veggie Noodles (Zoodles)
- 1/2 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 carrot, peeled and grated
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs, divided
- 2 (14-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes, 1 drained
- 1 onion, finely chopped, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
"If you have young children (let alone picky young children) you know just how challenging it can be to feed them. You are probably worried about meeting nutrient needs, serving appropriate portions, and satisfying developing taste buds…and doing so under a time and financial budget―not once, twice, but three times a day. Parenting is hard work! Fortunately, The Big Book of Organic Toddler Food offers practical, useful, and invaluable information in addition to easy-to-make and mouthwatering recipes to help moms and dads cut through the confusion and nourish growing bodies. As author Stephanie Middleberg aptly points out, (healthy) food is love and this lesson is best learned at an early age."―Joy Bauer, nutrition and health expert for the TODAY show
"The Big Book of Organic Toddler Food is a dream come true! As a yoga teacher and fitness professional, I’ve always been interested in feeding my boys healthy wholesome organic foods. Stephanie has made it so accessible and easy for all moms to choose organic and get their toddlers interested in eating a rainbow of colors! From finger foods to dinners, she has you covered and it’s not as hard as you think. I have 3 boys and as picky as they are I’ve been able to keep them eating healthy foods; thank you, Stephanie! I highly recommend this book to all moms!"―Kristin McGee, celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor
“Over the past 30 years of practice as a holistic pediatrician I have managed many challenging conditions with families, but nothing is perhaps more stressful, frustrating, and confusing for parents than the struggle to provide a healthy diet for their toddler. How can such a little person be such a challenge? Stephanie Middleberg has brought her vast expertise as a dietician to meet this challenge. In The Big Book of Organic Toddler Food she provides a feast of facts, tips, and recipes that will set your child on the right path of making healthy choices for the rest of his or her life. From smoothies to snacks and all the meals in between, she will help you navigate the conflicting information out there about food choices and show you how to open your child’s heart to a more joyful, loving experience of eating that will benefit the whole family.”―Dr. Steven Cowan, Author of Fire Child Water Child
About the Author
STEPHANIE MIDDLEBERG, MS, RD, CDN is the author of the bestselling cookbook The Big Book of Organic Baby Food and one of New York City’s most sought-after health experts. The founder and owner of Middleberg Nutrition, she and her team of registered dietitians offer nutritional counseling, consulting, and cooking classes to individuals and families.
Stephanie has been featured in top tier media publications including Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Fitness, Glamour, Shape, Self, Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, Marie Claire, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Women's Day, and MSNBC.com. When she isn't working with her clients or media outlets, you can find Stephanie jogging with her husband and son, traveling, or concocting recipes in the Middleberg Nutrition Test Kitchen.
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When I saw Amie Valpone recommend this book I leaped on amazon and preordered this book and also bought "the big book of organic baby food." It's 2018, pictures are everywhere and everything right now. How do you release two "cook books" with less than 10 photos in the entire book of 222 pages? I have a 9 month old and a 3 and a half year old, my 3 year old LOVES to help in the kitchen and is very hands on. We make muffins, waffles, smoothies, juices and all sorts of tasty snacks. I bought this book for him to have as his own and pick what he wants. When I realized there was only a handful of pictures (one being a photo of a peeled cutie..) I was disappointed, as was he. Being that he can't read, its useless to him. I made the blender chocolate muffins (couldn't take more than one bite, bland and foul tasting) we also made the banana oat breakfast cookies with cranberries (these tasted worse than the muffins) and the broccoli egg muffins (I don't feel like an egg muffin is really even a recipe.) In the days of blogs, instagrams, youtube and the internet in general I like to think that buying a book thats marketed as organic and healthy wouldn't have things like all purpose flour and so much dairy in them.
I am so bummed to not be leaving a glowing review because I love to support those who want to share how to incorporate more whole foods into the "diet" of others. If you already make tasty treats, try to limit a lot of dairy or heavy grains, than this most likely isn't you. Yogurt drops, sweet potato toast with avocado on top, zoodles, cauliflower "rice" to name a few, aren't things I feel like most people who don't live under a rock don't already know how to make. We aren't vegan or vegetarian but this just seemed to lean to heavy on foods we only have once and a while. While I own more "healthy recipe" cookbooks than I probably should, this one just isn't for me.
Update: While these reciepes don’t create something I want to share in eating with him personally, my toddler loves having his his own recipe book. We have been cooking 1-3 things out of it for him since we bought it. He had the macaroni and peas for lunch yesterday. I added a few other veggies as well and he seemed to enjoy it. Knowing that he helped make it only brings him more joy while eating it! While I do think I can get very “healthy” and tasty recipes elsewhere that I enjoy as well, my toddler is happy and eating what we make together from the book so I’m adding a star for the fun factor this book has brought into the kitchen.