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Baby's Bolognese

Contributed by: Annabel Karmel of SuperFoods For Babies and Children

By Annabel Karmel - Published by Atria Books

All parents want the best for their children, to give them the perfect start in life, and that includes the food they eat. However, choosing the freshest foods and preparing them in the most beneficial and appealing ways is not always an easy task. In SuperFoods, bestselling author Annabel Karmel shows you how to combine creativity with delicious ingredients in order to provide your child with a healthy foundation. You'll find recipes that not only taste great but also maximize the nutritional power of certain foods to boost your child's health and well-being. And Annabel, a mother of three who has written fourteen bestselling books on healthy food for children, knows better than anyone not only what children should eat but what children will eat. From advice on steaming carrots to detailed weekly menus for every stage of development, Annabel's unwavering expertise will teach parents how to provide the nutrition their children need.

SuperFoods For Babies and Children
SuperFoods is both a cookbook and a reference manual, helping parents recognize the varied nutritional value in even the simplest foods. Eating by color -- Annabel's advice for choosing produce -- encourages parents to use foods in tempting combinations. With a focus on the basic components of your child's diet -- carbohydrates, proteins, and fats -- Annabel provides easy instructions for crafting balanced meals.

SuperFoods will guide you through your child's first five years -- from first foods for your baby to tasty meals for fussy toddlers, from scrumptious lunch-box ideas for schoolchildren to irresistible family suppers. Food is both nourishment and nutrition, and Annabel Karmel's SuperFoods puts fun back in the equation.


Annabel Karmel is the mother of three children, a bestselling author of books on nutrition and cooking for babies and toddlers, and a familiar face on British television. Annabel travels frequently to the United States, where her books on feeding babies and young children are very popular. She has appeared on many TV programs, including the Today show and The Early Show. Please visit her website at


The following is an excerpt from the book SuperFoods
by Annabel Karmel
Published by Atria Books; June 2006 - Copyright 2001, 2006 Annabel Karmel

Often it is not the taste of red meat that babies dislike but the texture, so here I blend the Bolognese sauce so that the ground meat becomes very easy to chew, and then mix it with soft pasta.


  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated carrot
  • 5 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 ounces spaghetti


Saute the onion and celery in the vegetable oil for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the grated carrot and cook for 2 minutes. Add the ground beef and stir until browned. Stir in the ketchup, tomatoes, and stock.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and cook until the meat is cooked through (10 to 15 minutes). Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to package instructions until quite soft. Drain and chop into short lengths.

Transfer the Bolognese sauce to a food processor and puree to a fairly smooth texture before combining with the pasta.

Red meat provides most nutritional needs apart from fiber. It is an excellent source of iron. Iron deficiency is the commonest nutritional deficiency in early childhood and leads to a serious medical condition called anemia if left unchecked. A baby's iron reserves inherited from his mother run out around the age of 6 months, so it is important to include in the diet foods rich in iron.

Serving Size: Makes 5 Portions



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