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May 6, 2012 06:34 PM

cooking for toddler / fussy one year old - cookbook recommendations?

I saw some posts for cooking for babies, but my son is past the baby-food stage. I'm finding it challenging to think of what to feed him (and he seems to hate green veggies, so it's even harder to work those in).
Does anyone have any good cookbook recommendatinos that are specifically geared towards toddlers?

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  1. I strongly suggest that you read "French Kids Eat Everything."

      1. Some of my friends like Annabel Karmel's books. I didnt use them so I can't give you specific suggestions...but I do have an idea for the green veggies.

        My sneaky way: save your broccoli stems, peel them and shred them fine. Add the shredded stems to waffle batter. I use a cornmeal waffle recipe from Dorie Greenspan, and add a little grated cheese to it too. You don't really taste either the broccoli or the cheese - the overall effect is just a rich, moist waffle with a crisp exterior (thanks to the cornmeal). freeze the extras and you have great walking-around food - waffles don't crumble all over the stroller or carseat.

        You can also use grated broccoli stems, or shredded zucchini, etc in a Korean pancake (jeon).

        My not-so-sneaky, though somewhat coercive way: take a container with steamed broocili (or green beans, any veggie) with you to the playground. Don't take any other snacks. On your way home from the playground, simply hand your child the veggies; if they're hungry, they might take a bite. If they complain, you say Sorry honey, all I have right now is broccoli. You can eat that now or wait until we get home (and then let them have something else when you get home, if they want it. But hopefully they'll eat the veggies!).

        1. Few kids will eat "veggies" without some coaxing or slight of hand. Just about every kid will eat something in the veggie line (peeled celery with peanut butter for the older kid) but when I raised mine I found that identifying something that they liked (soup, gravey, meat loaf, etc.) into which I could combine veggies was the easiest way to include those in their diet. One of my kids hated celery, but when I blended it into a lime Jello salad which I whipped with cream and included bits of pineapple he asked for more.
          You don't need a cookbook, you need to stay with what you regularly prepare and use some imagination.

          1. I did use the Annabel Karmel books when my kids were young and I really liked them. One I have heard recommended but my kids were older when it was published is Hungry Monkey by Matthew Amster-Burton.