Last week I was kindly sent this recipe book “The First 1000 Days”. My Irish readers may have seen the adds on television for this recently, promoting healthy eating from Pregnancy to Toddler. The First 1,000 Days covers four key stages; pregnancy, breastfeeding, weaning and toddler. Danone Baby Nutrition is seeking to create a movement of support for the First 1,000 Days. It is calling on parents, parent to be and health care professionals to support the movement in order to drive awareness of the importance of nutrition in the First 1,000 Days so that behaviour can be changed for the benefit of future generations. I love this booklet, by now you will know I love cooking,and have an ever growing collection of cookbooks and childrens cookbooks.This book covers everything,as well as the website.There is no need to buy separate Pregnancy,Weaning or Toddler Cookbooks,it is all on the website. I think the only negative thing I would add is that I wish the book was bigger,so that it would include more recipes, however their are plenty more on the website,where you can download the book for free. Launched by Danone Baby Nutrition in partnership with the Irish Nutrition and Dietitic Institution they collaborated with nutritionists and celebrity chef Nevin Maguire to create a website full of tools and recipes for Mums and Mums-to-be. It offers tips and advice for during your pregnancy and also the first two years of your child’s life. “Everyone wants to do the best for their child, to maximise their happiness and success in life. Imagine if you had the power to influence their good health, their school performance, their physical stamina and even their musical ability before they even learn to read? Hard to believe? Well in fact, all of this is within your grasp. We know that the right nutrition in the First 1000 Days of your child’s life can positively impact on every aspect of their lives, now and forever.” Log on today to view and download a copy of the recipe book at www.first1000days.ie You can also check out the blog posts from Nevin and Amelda Maguire, who will be regularly updating the site with seasonal top tips and healthy recipe ideas for busy mums and dads like themselves. I wanted to share a really quick and easy recipe from the book that I made last week for my husband and I. It was a great way to use up the contents of the fridge before we went in holiday.
Meatballs & Spaghetti
•2 shallots, finely chopped
•1 egg, beaten
•1tbsp olive oil
•Pepper to taste
•Mix meat, oregano, cheese and egg in a bowl.
•Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and add in the spaghetti. •Shape into meat balls.
•Heat oil in pan, fry the meatballs on a low heat until golden brown. •To make the sauce simply mix all the ingredients together and heat on a low heat for 5 minutes.
•Add the sauce to the meatballs and serve on a bed of spaghetti. •Garnish with chopped parsley.
Enjoy! T & A xxxxx