In an era of epidemic obesity/diabetes in children, Olson offers wholesome and simple recipe ideas for a healthy start. -- Monica Dixon, Ph.D., R.D., Author of Love the Body You Were Born With
From the Author
Cooking continued to be a creative outlet for me. As I had primarily been cooking adult food for many years, preparing baby food was a new undertaking. The cookbooks available contained recipes calling for white flour, refined sugar, and processed foods. Most dishes required dairy products, eggs, or meat. No alternatives were provided for the vegetarian child. As I researched infant nutritional needs, I learned how important it is to give babies healthful food from the start and to establish good eating habits early.
I combined my knowledge of natural, whole foods cooking with what I had learned about infant nutrition to develop the recipes in this book. Since I understand that our lives are busy, I keep actual preparation time to a minimum. The cooking time for some meals is lengthy (i.e. grains and legumes) but since you dont have to be in the kitchen monitoring the meal, you are free to do other things. These recipes are all dishes that I prepare regularly. With two small children to care for, a garden and orchard to maintain, animals to tend, and books and articles to write, I dont want to spend my free time in the kitchen.
My daughters are enthusiastic, healthy eaters and have rarely been sick. I hope you find this book helpful with your children.