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Healthy Baby & Toddler Recipes

Prepare healthy, quick, easy and nutritious meals for children of every age and stage with the Annabel Karmel Healthy Baby & Toddler Recipes app. Now updated and filled with over 300 delicious recipes and cooking ideas for kids, meal planners, baby shopping lists and more. It’s the handiest guide for simple mealtime inspiration for busy parents when preparing baby or weaning food like purees through to toddler meals or just cooking for the whole family this festive season.

Features – before you start cooking
• Over 300 recipes (and counting!) which you can store as favourites and add to your kid's meal planners
• Organise children's meals for the week ahead with your own planners or use Annabel’s for inspiration
• Send recipe ingredients directly to your shopping lists
• Share healthy recipes and shopping lists with other parents, friends and family

Features – when you’re cooking
• Freeze the screen so your phone doesn’t time out while you’re cooking
• Notes allow you to customise recipe sections
• Use the Interactive Speaker, so you can go through food recipe steps without getting those sticky fingers on your mobile or tablet

With 25 years of food experience, Annabel is a child food expert and has become the UK’s most trusted resource amongst parents for good, tasty food. Whether you’re about to start weaning, thinking of exploring the baby-led weaning approach or simply looking for new, quick and nutritious meals the whole family can enjoy, this is the ideal app to liven up your mealtimes. Better still, every recipe is easy to follow with step-by-step instructions and handy tips – after all, family life is busy enough without having to spend hours in the kitchen.

From discovering the best first foods to storing firm family favourites, tackling everything from texture to fussy eating in between, Annabel’s app will grow with your family.

“This App is a life saver. I have two fussy children who only wanted to eat chicken nuggets and pizza and turned their nose up at anything homemade. Then I discovered this app. not only have my children so far enjoyed all the recipes I have cooked from the app, we found that the recipes were so good that we ended up eating them as well. For the first time, I don’t dread mealtimes battles and I can cook one meal for the whole family. Thank You Annabel.” *****

Download the Annabel Karmel Baby & Toddler Recipe app today and start to encourage your children to eat tasty and healthy meals that are quick and simple to prepare. From winning ideas for weaning through to inspiring recipes to help you create meals the whole family will enjoy, you’ll discover a completely new world of flavour.


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I can’t even put into words how grateful I am to have come across this app. I have been using it since my daughter was 6 months old (she is now 1) and she loves everything I cook for her. I love how many ingredients are used and the recipes are full of flavour. My husband always complains I don’t make enough for him! I’ve never been much of a cook but this app has really helped me progress and become that mum I want to be for my daughter. I couldn’t recommend it enough, you will not regret it :)

Full of easy healthy recipes to grow with the child

I originally did the weaning course prior to my daughter starting solids and complimented it by this app. The recipes are great, easy to filter and search by age/likes and great function to save for future use. Definitely recommend and I use it for my daughter and the whole families meals.

App is faulty

When I open the app nothing loads, this has been happening on and off since I bought it. Also more recipes would be appreciated if we are purchasing this app!

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The name Annabel Karmel is synonymous with baby and toddler recipes and it's now 30 years since her first book, The Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner, was published. It has sold millions of copies, making her a household name and a vital go-to guide for parents who want to introduce their children to different tastes and textures. But writing children's recipe books wasn't always part of Karmel's plans. Her first book was inspired by the tragic death of her baby daughter, Natasha.

“I lost my first child. It was horrible. She died at three months. I’d waited nearly two years to get pregnant and then to lose her. She was born healthy and then she got an infection and it went to her brain and she died in Great Ormond Street Hospital [in London].”

Karmel says she speaks about the circumstances surrounding Natasha’s death because a lot of parents are not familiar with the dangers of cold sores and young babies. “If someone has a cold sore on their lip and they kiss a baby, it can cause a herpes infection which can then cause encephalitis which is exactly what happened to her. I didn’t know this was possible and we do know that someone had a cold sore and we think that’s what happened”.

Natasha's death changed Karmel's life. "I was a musician, I played the harp and I sang and I was even Cinderella in pantomime with Dennis Waterman and I loved my career, but from the day she died I knew that I wanted to work with children and do something to make a legacy for Natasha; to make some meaning from her very short life.


Annabel Karmel with baby Natasha soon after her birth.

“To lose a child and not have a child is terrible. You’re no longer a mother. And all my friends had just had children and they all kept away from me because they didn’t want to come around with their children, so I felt terribly isolated. It was really hard.”

Following Natasha’s death, Karmel took the fertility drug Clomid and gave birth to Nicholas, the first of three more children. “Unfortunately, I always had really bad luck with my births. My doctor told me it would be a long time before I was in labour properly, even though I thought I was in labour, which I actually was and I gave birth on the staircase. No one came.”

“It was bad enough for any mother but it was pretty bad for a mother who’d just lost her child. It was horrendous. I thought ‘oh my God, if I lose two children in a row how am I ever going to carry on’. But luckily he was all right.”

She says her son Nicholas was “the world’s worst eater”. Having started a playgroup for mothers and babies following her son’s birth, she found herself sharing recipes she was trying out for Nicholas with other parents. “I loved cooking, it was always my great passion. I was giving out all the recipes to all the mums and they would try them…Every week I would give out more recipes and then a few months later, they said, ‘do you know what, you should write a book’.

“I just thought, well this is it, this is what I want to do. I want to write. I didn’t think it would ever be commercially successful, but I thought this is my legacy to Natasha. I’ll write this one book and that’ll be it.”

She spent 2½ years researching child nutrition and worked with the Institute of Child Health which is attached to Great Ormond Street. Although she sent her book to 15 publishers, none wanted to publish it and she began to fear all of her hard work and research might have been for nothing. The book, however, was eventually picked up by American publisher Simon and Schuster, and subsequently, Random House. “The book became a mega bestseller,” Karmel explains. “The second bestselling hardback non-fiction book of all time in the UK.”

Annabel Karmel with children Lara, Nick and Simon.

“In a way it was cathartic for me writing the book. It was like me making some sense of her [Natasha’s] life, because otherwise why would she have lived? What was the point? And actually she threw me into that whole new sector of my life which was helping mums feed children healthy food which will help them in the end to live longer lives.”

Karmel tested out her recipes on the babies in the playgroup she had set up. “At that time everybody said ‘oh babies only like bland food’ and I thought ‘well that’s funny because I don’t like bland food, so why would they?’

“I wrote a book that was full of flavour,” she continues, adding that she found lots of alternatives to salt to bring different tastes to her recipes.

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We eat deliciously. From first feeding up to 5 years. Annabel Carmel

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I have long wanted to get the book by Annabel Carmel. “We eat delicious food. From the first feeding up to 5 years" to his collection. The book is a small format, dense, high-quality, thick. I liked it, it is bright, juicy, and I want to eat it.

Brief autobiography of Annabel Carmel

Table of contents:

Annabel Carmel is a best-selling author in the field of baby food and cooking. She is a leading children's writer who has written several masterpieces, including Cooking with Mom and Quick Mash. First feeding without worries.

Annabelle Carmel is the author of 47 bestselling books

As a busy working mother of three, Annabelle knew firsthand how difficult it was to feed young children. She strongly believes that children are less likely to become picky eaters if they are accustomed to a good selection of fresh produce from an early age.

Annabelle, a leading expert and entrepreneur in the food industry, has written 47 books and has sold over 6 million copies worldwide. Its menu can also be found in the largest hotels and resorts in the world.

Annabelle writes for a variety of magazines and newspapers and appears regularly on television. She lives in London with her three children.

The originality of the book lies in the fact that in addition to recipes for children's purees, it contains recipes for preschool children, developed taking into account the preferences of the whole family. It seems that the book is meant to accompany young families for several years. Considering that most children's recipe books available on the market only contain mashed potatoes and are therefore only used for a few months, the Eat Tasty. From first weaning to 5 years” would be reasonable.

We eat deliciously. From first feeding up to 5 years. Annabelle Carmel

The recipes provided are nutritious, easy yet appetizing, made from everyday ingredients (almost) - no need to run around town to collect the necessary products, as they are probably already in the kitchen. I write almost, because there are still unusual products like sweet potato, spinach, mango, trade wind, sun-dried tomatoes, etc. And there are generally strange names in the form of Butternut (this is a pumpkin variety), which are easy to replace with a Russian counterpart, our ingenuity can do anything, especially in pursuit of proper nutrition for our beloved child.

The focus is on seasonal fruits and vegetables, local products, fresh and economical products (if you replace the products in the recipe correctly). For those who want to offer their children completely "homemade" meals without spending hours in the kitchen, this book is ideal. The recipes it contains are really simple and don't require any complicated culinary technique. These qualities are very much in demand after a hard day at work, and gluttony at the table.

The book contains a summary of complementary foods and baby food about 14 pages, I do not agree with all the information, but the basics are written accurately. There are moments that are consonant with Russian complementary foods, but basically the scheme proposed in the book is not at all suitable for Russian mothers and their babies. Reading a couple of pages about complementary foods will not be a problem. There are recipes that you want to start cooking right away. The book is small in size, easy to carry around, although it should be in the kitchen. In the book, Annabelle Carmel offers some very interesting food combinations that I would never put together for a child in everyday life. But it is described in the book, which means that someone has already tried to cook these recipes, which means you can mix them. Bright pictures allow you to visualize the product and want to cook it.

The only big drawback is the table of contents. Finding a children's recipe in this book is a quest. I have never seen a more stupid separation. Annabelle divided baby recipes by month:

  • From 4 months;
  • From 6-9 months
  • From 9-12 months
  • From 1-5 years

Moreover, I divided each chapter into paragraphs, where I divided the recipes into vegetable, fruit, meat, fish, with pasta, for breakfast, etc. .P.

This is very inconvenient, but I found a way out. I use multi-colored separators that I sign.

Substitutions in children's recipes Annabelle Carmel

I'll write my favorite substitutions, and you decide to use this knowledge yourself or come up with a better option.

  • Sweet potato with sweet pumpkin
  • Butternut pumpkin (sweet varieties)
  • Parsnips can be bought from grandmothers on the street or not put in a dish, but can be replaced with carrots or turnips.
  • Rutabaga - turnip, radish or radish, but swede is better, it is more tender.
  • Spinach - nettle, sorrel,
  • Pasta is pasta. In general, Annabel loves "shells", "stars" and "risoni" (small pasta, I put vermicelli).
  • Instead of “ketchup”, “trade wind”, “dried tomatoes” we put ordinary tomatoes or tomato paste or homemade tomato juice, there are also products such as “Worcester sauce”, “coconut milk” we replace with apple cider vinegar and milk. Annabelle loves spices, so ginger, thyme, bay leaf, cinnamon, basil, cumin, coriander, etc.
CLICK ON ME!!! We eat delicious. Annabelle Carmel.

I think the idea is understandable, if you didn’t find the product in the store, this does not mean that you should not prepare a children’s recipe, and in Annabelle’s book there are such options that your hands itch to find all the ingredients and cook.

CLICK ON ME!!! We eat delicious. Annabelle Carmel. CLICK ON ME!!! We eat delicious. Annabelle Carmel.

At the very beginning, it seems that the recipes are original, but gradually I realized that the ingredients are repeated. Like any housewife, Annabelle prefers her combinations of vegetables, meat, fish, spices, etc. Therefore, the more you cook dishes from the book, the more repetitions. But her recipes are different from what I like to cook for my family. Therefore, Annabelle Carmel's book “We Eat Tasty. From the first feeding up to 5 years” took its place on the culinary shelf.

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I recommend Annabelle's book for moms who love experiments in cooking, are not afraid of mistakes and are constantly looking for original children's recipes.

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