As I mentioned in my Fussy Eater! post baby K is being very selective with his food. One minute he likes spaghetti bolognese the next it’s a big no no!
At the beginning of baby K’s weaning journey I had signed up to the Annabel Karmel website using most of her recipes to make fresh, healthy meals for baby K. The fact that hers was the only ready made baby puree he would eat when out and about meant that it was no hard to decision to purchase her book the Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner, hoping she can resolve my meal time horrors!
It’s been over a month that I’ve been in the kitchen whizzing around creating Annabel’s toddler friendly meals and what has been the overall result? Baby K has so far lapped up every meal I’ve made him and of course every dessert!
The book overall has been well thought out. It has a hardback cover for durability, bright glossy pages and a ribbon divider for you to separate your pages.
It has been broken down in to five chapters, meaning this book has everything you need from when you take your first step towards weaning to my current stage of toddler meals.
Each section begins with an overview of all the foods your baby/toddler can eat at each stage, foods that should be avoided and the type of behaviour you could encounter at each point of your babies development. The end of each chapter concludes with an example of a weekly meal time planner to give you an idea of how your child should be eating through out the day.
Each recipe has easy to understand symbols indicating weather the meal can be frozen for use later, which I’ve found particularly useful as a working mum! This allows me to whip up a couple of meals and freeze so I have a selection of choices which I can simply defrost and reheat on my days off, allowing me to spend time with baby K instead of being stuck in the kitchen.
Beneath each meal title there is also a small synopsis explaining a little bit about the meal, how it came about, how to reheat, whether Annabel’s own children like the meal which I liked as it gave it a little bit more of a personal feel to it.
The recipes are all easy to follow and can all be made using ingredients which are readily available in your local supermarket or in your fridge.
I’ve also made some meals which I’ve given to Mr H to take in to work for lunch which has got his seal of approval, which is always a bonus as it shows that the meals are not bland and tasteless like some kiddie recipes out there.
Don’t get me wrong there have been some meals which he has turned his nose up at and dismissively pushed his plate away! He wasn’t impressed with the Salmon Balls or the Pancake recipe
but I believe this is because the salmon balls had too much of a ketchup taste to it which he was unsure about, next time I’ll use less. When it comes to the pancakes I think this is a texture issue as he also refuses to eat eggs but either way I’ll remake both meals again after a couple of weeks in the hopes that he’ll change his mind.
Overall would I recommend this book to a fellow parent, yes. It’s clear, informative, nice to look at, covers each stage of your toddlers meal journey and most importantly the meals are in fact very tasty!
A little note – I have in no way been paid or approached by any of the companies mentioned above for this review. I am simply sharing my thoughts on a product that I have purchased and used myself!