Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mung Bean Cheddar Wedges Recipe/Feeding Baby Book Review and Giveaway

As some of you may know, I love making my own baby food. I made all the baby food that my first child ate and I plan on doing the same with my second once she is old enough. My first baby (he's now almost three) wouldn't even eat the store bought baby food, once when we were out an about I totally spaced bringing his homemade food with us so I stopped and bought a few jars of fruit and he wouldn't even eat them. Then I tasted one - hmm there was definitely a reason he didn't like that stuff, it did not taste good at all.

When Clancy Cash Harrison, MS, RD, LDN, contacted me asking to review her new book (and help promote its launch), about feeding babies, I was pretty excited. This book is jam packed full of helpful information for parents about feeding their babies and great tasting recipes. Clancy is a registered dietitian and pediatric feeding therapist so she is definitely qualified to help parents out.

One of my favorite quotes in this book is:

"Try not to let your food preferences limit what you will feed your baby. let your baby explore all of the different flavors that God has created and break the cycle of picky eating." 

I have to remind myself this over and over again. I am a horribly picky eater, there are way too many healthy foods that I dislike and junk foods that I do like (even though I try not to eat the junk foods) and sometimes I have a hard time making the foods that I don't necessarily like for my children. I actually posted this quote on my fridge!

In the book, Clancy helps teach parents how to use spices and herbs in their food to add flavor. She lists many different herbs and spices, from basil and lavender, to dill and ginger, how each herb tastes (sweet, bitter, sour, savory, etc), what foods they go with, what other herbs/spices they go good with, and any tips parents should know. This is one of my favorite parts of the informational section of the book. I love that she has included herbs such as lavender and mint that most people  may not think to add to food.

I love the recipes that she has included. Many of them I make on a larger scale and feed to my whole family. One of my favorites is Mung Bean and Cheddar Wedges. We substitute lentils which the recipes suggests. My husband and my toddler both love these.

Mung Bean and Cheddar Wedges
From Feeding Baby by Clancy Cash Harrison, MS, RD, LDN
1 cup Moong Dal (split mung beans without husk, lentils can be substitued)
3 cups bone broth
1 Tbsp. pastured butter
1 cup finely diced onion
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. tumeric
2 pastured eggs
1/2 cup pastured heavy cream
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 1/2 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese, divided

1. Soak beans overnight, rinse and drain. Combine beans and bone broth to saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. 2. Drain beans and set aside. 3.  Heat butter in a medium size cast iron skillet. 4. Add onion to skillet and fry until translucent. 5. Mix cumin and turmeric into beans. 6. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients (only 1 cup of the cheese). 7. Grease a pie pan. Pour mixture into pie pan and press down on mixture. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over mixture. 8. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow to cool and then cut into wedges. Serve warm or cold.

"Children are born with the ability to self regulate, but feeding practices and food quality can negatively affect self regulation. For example, children who are asked to eat more or less of food by caregivers may stop listening to feelings of hunger and fullness. Kids allowed to graze on food may learn to eat out of boredom. And children given to many precessed foods may not get full the same way they would wit whole foods rich in fiber and protein. Additionally, children need more fat than adults do, so a very low fat diet may leave a child hungry. The best things parents can do is to offer meals and snacks at regular intervals, allowing children to decide when done."

Check out Feeding Baby and let it be a guide to help you help your children develop a positive and lasting relationship with healthy foods.

Now to celebrate Clancy's new book, there is a super giveaway going on with lots of prizes, bloggers, and companies involved. Check out the prizes below, and enter to win using the giveaway form at the bottom!

Feeding Baby Cookbook Release Party & Giveaway over $2000 in Prizes

Feeding Baby Release Party & National Giveaway

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2 Giveaways, $2000 in Prizes & 30 Winners

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About Feeding Baby:

"Your baby deserves the best in life- food is no exception! Feeding Baby is the ultimate guide to preparing and feeding wholesome foods for your infant, with helpful nutritional tips, picky eating solutions, and with over 80 recipes. Once you discover how easy and affordable it is to make baby food at home, you'll take comfort in knowing your child is receiving the best nutrition possible."

Feeding Baby Book Signings & Events:

The Prizes:

1 Winner: Vitamix 5200 Blender $450.00


1 Winner: Babycook by Beaba $150.00


9 Winners: Feeding Baby Books $180.00

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1 Winner: Fairhaven Health and The Naked Nursing Tank Bundle: $142.00



1 Winner: Infant Book Bundle $100.00

Feeding Baby by Clancy Cash Harrison
Dinnertime Survival Guide by Sally Kuzemchak
Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD
Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD
Getting to the Yum by Dr. Karen Le Billon
I will Breastfeed Anywhere by Jennifer Saleem
Milkies in the Morning by Jennifer Saleem

Scentsy Gift Card $100

NuRoo Baby Bundle: $85.00


 1 Winner: Buttons Diapers Gift Set $58.00



1 Winner Kiddo Feedo Freezer Trays (2) $40.00

Blueberry & Apple Baby Food and Fruit Leather

1 Winner: The Sili Company Squeeze Pouches Bundle: $34.00


1 Winner: Life Without Plastic Stainless Steel Set $33.00


1 Winner: Yoomi 8 oz Feeding System $33.00

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1 Winner: Undercover Mama $25


1 Winner: FunBites Cutter $13.00



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Disclaimer: I received the above mentioned book to facilitate my review. This did not affect my opinions. Erickson and Co. nor its authors are responsible for prize fulfillment.All quotes and recipes included in the review were taken from the book 'Feeding Baby'.

1 comment :

  1. I love the nursing shirt! This is definitely on my to get list for baby number 2 due in December!