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Giving nutrition the finger!
on 5 June 2011
I have used Annabel Karmel books in the past and I was glad I only got this one out of the library. I figured Annabel was jumping on the baby led weaning band wagon; but no. Or at least if she is, she's missed the point.
There were two things I took inspiration from in here (the tortilla pizza and the quesadillas) but I changed the recipes to make them healthier. That's the alarming thing about this book; so many of the recipes would be high in salt and / or sugar or contain ingredients in them which would be unsuitable for under 1's (e.g. parma ham or honey) but it's not all that obvious that these foods should not be given to kids under 12 months, there is only a comment saying when foods are suitable (which is very few, I counted 19 which included some with added sugar) but no comment saying when they aren't.
Lots of the foods are fried or annoyingly use the grill when oven cooked foods you don't have to watch are easiest with a child and often lower in fat than fried equivalents. Some savoury recipes, e.g. cheese and sweetcorn muffins contain honey! Surely that's not sensible to get kids used to sweet 'savoury' foods?
All in all, really disappointing. What I would expect from AK and this book is a range of recipes suitable from baby led weaners and babies who are first starting to have more 'complicated' finger foods (e.g. 9 months plus) and a genuine consideration of the nutritional content. The recipes I've come up with for my 12 month old are considerably healthier than these.