It all started when I found this cookbook whilst being pregnant. It does not have recipes suitable for under 2yr old but it definitely has some yum healthy treats and ideas for us, mothers who want to raise our children without additives or any chemicals.
First of all, what is organic food?
Organic foods are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. The organic farming movement arose in the 1940s in response to the industrialization of agriculture that became known in the 1960s as the Green Revolution. Organic food production is a heavily regulated industry, distinct from private gardening. Currently, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification in order to market food as organic within their borders. In the context of these regulations, organic food is food produced in a way that complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations.
Evidence on substantial differences between organic food and conventional food is insufficient to make claims that organic food is safer or healthier than conventional food. Claims that organic food tastes better are also not supported by evidence.
But when I say organic veggies or fruits I am referring to those bought from a market, or those picked from my own garden. here is widespread public belief, promoted by the organic food industry, that organic food is safer, more nutritious, and tastes better than conventional food. These beliefs have fueled increased demand for organic food despite higher prices and lack of scientific evidence.
Now, when we go to a market we look for products that are seasonal. There is definitely no Kiwi fruit in March or no Cherries in February. In this way you can pick your nice and healthy products from the local merchandisers. I always look after the people who have natural looking products, not after the stands that have shiny melon sized apples :). Spot the difference.
You know something is strange when all the apples have the same shape, color and shine, but they are all tasteless. I prefer the ones that come in different shapes and sizes, the unique ones that have a wonderful taste. 🙂
For our organic recipe suitable for 6 months old babies here are the ingredients:
2. 3 organic tomatoes
3. 2-3 fresh basil leaves
4. 2-3 drops of olive oil.
Boil water for the pasta. Do not add salt. Cook the pasta for 8-10 minutes (it depends on the brand, usually it is explained on the package.)
Peel the tomatoes and chop roughly. In a small cooking pot add the olive oil and then the tomatoes for 3-5 minutes.
When this is done, add the basil leaves and the boiled pasta to the tomato sauce.