I am a rather big fan of cooking with Lil G, more importantly finding new ways of cooking fresh food which are both nutritional and quick to put together. Until now I will admit to that being a difficult combination. That was until…
We have recently had the pleasure of reviewing this rather special cookbook ‘Easy Indian Super Meals’ for babies, toddlers and the family by Zainab Jagot Ahmed. As the title suggests it really is Super. The recipes we tried were easy to put together, ingredients which we already stored in our cupboards and more importantly they were a success with Lil G!
I came across Zainab on twitter. I was searching through tweets about recipes for ‘fussy eaters’. What I was particularly attracted to was the slogan ‘MORE aromatic flavours LESS fussy eaters’. Mr H and I are huge fans of Asian and Indian inspired dishes however due to Lil G turning into a fussy eater at the age of 18 months (he is now 3.5 years) we haven’t really experimented too much with his food. We did once.
For the first 12 months of weaning (6 months – 18 months) Lil G was extremely interested in his food. I worked from a baby weaning book which had been recommended to me. Then, out of the blue Lil G literally turned his nose up at everything. He went from eating all that was popped in front of him to nothing but crackers.
Lil G is now preschool age so we mainly focussed on the final section of the book. Zainab calls them ‘booster’ snacks which I absolutely love. The idea itself is perfect for this age group. They take no longer than 15 minutes to prepare and are meals which are nutritional and contain SuperFoods (a detailed explanation can be found in the book).
For the purpose of this review we selected a recipe from the Stage 2 (7 months plus), Stage 3 (10 months plus) and The School Years (3-5 years plus). All were suitable for Lil G despite being out of his age range. That’s what I love about this book. With the exception of the purees Lil G could enjoy all of the recipes.
Here is what we chose…
And here are the results…
Our verdict… We LOVE them.
The smells coming from these Mini Masala Omelettes were delicious. Mr H & I couldn’t help but taste them. They smelt so good. They tasted delicious. Lil G was a little unsure but soon got stuck in once he became familiar with the texture. His response ‘they’re good mummy’.
The Pizza Pitta Fingers were as expected a huge hit and perfect finger food. As a full-time working mummy I am always struggling for time which is why I love these so much. With the inclusion of dried mixed herbs including thyme, parsley and oregano which are known for being Super Spices you can be confident that this dish is rich in vitamins A and K and iron. They were so tasty and much better than any super market version (which we have been guilty of buying for ease).
And lastly… Creamy Tuna Loaded Potato Skins. They sound and taste as good as they looked! We had a little bit of fun and played along as if these potato skins were in fact pirate ships. Lil G was Jake the Pirate and you can call me Izzy (from Jake & The Neverland Pirates) which was great as it meant I got to eat some too! A hugely beneficial oily fish and one which I don’t mind the smell of. With the inclusion of the sweet potato Lil G absolutely loved this dish. It was the only one which he finished. Literally lip smacking he was. Now that’s a good recipe.
Each of the recipes in this cook book feature Regular Foods + SuperFoods + SuperSpices = SuperMeals.
Zainab has worked hard to make this book easy to follow, with simple and quick recipes, but also a good read. I love to understand what makes a good recipe and why it is healthy. This book does that perfectly.
Who is this book for?
Quite simply, all of the family. Whether your baby is in the early stages of weaning or off to school you will not be disappointed. As a special offer for my readers and friends of my little blog I have a discount code for you. See full details below:
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*Disclosure: We were gifted this book for the purpose of this review. All words are my own and it was a pleasure to review.