I must admit when Roo went through the whole weaning stage and into early toddler foods I stayed away from foods like Indian curries; I assumed, probably like most parents that the spices would be too much for her delicate tummy and that it would upset her digestive system. So when mother and author Zainab Jagot Ahmed got in touch with me about her eBook Indian SuperMeals for babies and toddlers I was only to happy to help her spread the word about all the delicious Indian foods available to children.
Zainab knows what she is talking about when it comes to babies and fussy eating as she is mum to Aaliyah, (19 months old) and she is the author of the UK’s first Indian baby food cookbook – ‘Indian SuperMeals: Baby & Toddler Cookbook’, she is also a stay at home mum and like many of us juggling the demands of motherhood.
The age range for my book is 7 months – 3 years and even though Roo is four years old the recipes can be easily adapted to to suit young children’s taste buds too. What I like is that Zainab has also written a whole chapter dedicated to family meals which allows you to cook up the same meal for the whole family, whilst ensuring the meal is still suitable for young children.
Many of the meals just from reading them sound delicious and many are prepared without the use of salt, sugar or chilli – which lets face it is a positive for many parents who naturally watch the intake of these in their child’s diet.
One of the recipes I love from Zainab’s blog and her eBook is this chicken jalfrezei, which is found on many a curry house restaurant but I would assume is far too overpowering for most baby and toddler palates.
It is clear though that Zainab knows food and knows how to great scrumptious meals for children. Just look at her ingredients list and why she chooses to use them.
- SuperFoods included: olive oil, onion, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, green bell peppers
- SuperSpices included: cardamom, cloves, mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin, coriander, garam masala, black pepper
- Abundant in health promoting ingredients, this curry contains the protein goodness of chicken, necessary for healthy growth and development; tomatoes, rich in antioxidant lycopene; and green bell peppers.
I have made this as a family meal and Roo demolished it, quite frankly compared to other main brand baby meals that call themselves a ‘curry’, Zainab’s Indian SuperMeals are in a league of their own.
The overall concept of Zainab’s eBook concentrates on a simple, but clearly brilliant formula: Regular Foods + SuperFoods +SuperSpices = Super Meals
The SuperFoods and SuperSpices health benefits are all explained in detail (but without being overly complicated), and this eBook is not just about creating recipes it is about changing parents attitude to food and nutrition. As one of the newer baby & toddler cook books on the scene, I would highly recommend to any parent getting Zainab’s Indian SuperMeals for your kids. The eBook is crammed with healthy recipes (over 60 in total) and using many every day ingredients you can create some amazingly tasty and nutritious meals for little ones.