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Dangerous levels of arsenic are found in baby rice products. A new study by Queen's University Belfast found 50% of baby rice products aimed at babies and young children contain dangerously high levels of arsenic which are linked to healthy problems including cancer . My advice is to give babies root vegetables like sweet potato and carrot and fruits like apple, pear and banana for your baby's first foods. These are easy to digest and unlikely to cause allergies .

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BROCCOLI, SQUASH & CHEESE NUGGETS What a delicious way to boost your little ones 5 a day and just the right size for little hands. Coat with crushed Rice Krispies !

100g butternut squash, peeled and diced
100g broccoli florets
75g fresh breadcrumbs
2 tbsp cream cheese
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
20g Parmesan, grated
20t gruyere or Cheddar cheese, grated

25g Rice Krispies
I tsp sunflower oil

Suitable from 7 months
Suitable for freezing
1 Put the Squash into a steamer . Steam for 10 minutes. Add the broccoli and steam for another 5 minutes.
2 Put the vegetables into a processor and roughly chip. Add the remaining ingredients and whiz until the mixture has come together but still with some texture. Shape into little nuggets.
3 Put the Rice Krispies into a polythene bag. Bash until you get fine crumbs. Add the oil and mix together. Coat the nuggets in the crumbs.
4 Chill until ready to cook. Preheat the oven to 200C Fan. Place on an oiled tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes turning halfway through or fry in a frying pan on both sides until golden.


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This is my 'best ever' recipe for gingerbread men. Cooking is a great activity for the summer holidays . Children will love rolling out the dough and cutting the shapes and they can help with the icing decoration too. This recipe comes from my book 'The Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner '

90g butter , softened
65g soft dark brown sugar
1 beaten egg
65g black treacle
200g plain flour plus extra for dusting
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground mixed spice
1/4 tsp salt
250g royal icing
3 tbsp water

Coloured candies

1 Beat the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl with a hand held electric whisk until light and fluffy, then add the egg and black treacle and whisk to combine.
2 Measure the remaining dry ingredients into a separate bowl. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture, whisking until the mixture forms a soft dough. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and transfer to the fridge for about 45 minutes .
3 Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F and lone 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
4 Roll out the chilled dough on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1 1/2 cm. cut out men using a gingerbread cutter. Place them on the lined baking sheets , then chill in the fridge until firm (about 45 minutes).
5 Bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes until crisp and lightly golden . Remove from the oven and leave the gingerbread to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely .
6 To make the icing, whisk the icing sugar and water together in a bowl using a hand held electric whisk until smooth. Spoon the icing into the piping bag and pipe on faces and then use the icing to stick on the coloured candies for buttons.
Makes 20 Gingerbreqd Men

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Great morning spent at @annabelkarmel house learning loads of new recipes for the girls. Luna loves eating, she's now decided she doesn't want baby food and is munching on salmon, broccoli & yogurt...time for me to start cooking! #lunabug #annabelkarmel

My very entertaining dinner companion Jeffrey Archer . It has often been said that Jeffrey's own story would make an international best seller . He was a member of parliament at 29 and aged 34 having been left with debts of over Β£400K he wrote his first novel Not a Penny More , Not a Penny Less . One of my favourite books is Kane and Abel and he has sold over 330 million books so I have a lot of catching up to do ! His colourful career included a stint in prison but whilst there he still managed to write three volumes of his best selling Prison Diaries and his latest work is a seven book saga called the Clifton Chronicles . Interestingly his first novel was turned down by 14 publishers but later became a best seller.. #annabelkarmel #jeffreyarcher #author #books


On the eve of his 4th Birthday Prince George gets a special treat exploring the cockpit of a helicopter as the royal couple and their children bid farewell to Hamburg at the end of their 5 day tour of Germany and Poland.. #annabelkarmel #princegeorge #theroyalfamily

πŸ”ΈSALMON, QUINOA & SPINACH BALLS (#dairyfree #glutenfree)πŸ”Έ
I would serve from 10 - 12 months due to the sweet chilli sauce but you can serve earlier if you wish!
My final contribution to July's Baby Led Weaning month with #annabelkarmel is this cracker of a recipe from her new book! I made it dairy free by leaving out the parmesan and gluten free by using GF bread crumbs & flour. Otherwise the recipe is as is!
πŸ”Έ75g quinoa
πŸ”Έ1 sweet potato
πŸ”Έ85g fresh bread crumbs (I used gluten free)
πŸ”Έ175g salmon fillet sliced
πŸ”Έ40g spinach roughly chopped
πŸ”Έ30g grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
πŸ”Έ5 spring onions, sliced
πŸ”Έ1 tsp fish sauce
πŸ”Έ1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
πŸ”Έ2 tbsp plain flour (I used gluten free)
πŸ”ΈDollop olive oil
1. Cook quinoa in pan of water for 15 minutes. Leave to drain for 10 minutes so most of the water is drained.
2. Prick sweet potato & bake at 200oC / 400oF for 45 minutes. Once cool, scoop out the sweet potato and discard the skin.
3. Blitz the quinoa, sweet potato, breadcrumbs, salmon fillet, spinach, cheese, spring onions, fish sauce and sweet chilli sauce until well mixed.
4. Shape the mixture into 20 balls and lightly coat in flour and fry in olive oil, turning regularly. Serve when golden and cooked through.
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Princess Charlotte was all smiles as she was carried by her mother today . The two year old has oodles of charm and and has picked up the royal wave .. It is good that during their five day tour William and Kate will meet survivors of the Holocaust and Nazi oppression and remember their suffering ... I took my children to visit Auschwitz last year and it was shocking beyond imagination. We must never allow anything like this to happen ever again .. #annabelkarmel #princesscharlotte #royalfamily #poland

@annabelkarmel's peanut butter cookies for a healthier treat are a massive fav of mine (oh and the girls πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) and I make them often. I use bournville classic dark chocolate as it's dairy free. I have to bash the bar up with a rolling pin to get the chocolate chunks.
Today I couldn't be arsed doing that, so instead I broke the chocolate into its pre cut chunks and squashed a square into the centre of each cookie so that there's a hidden chocolate centre in the middle of each cookie that stays soft 😍😍😍😍 they are AMAZING 😍😍
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πŸ’›165g smooth peanut butter
πŸ’›50g ground almonds
πŸ’›55g sultanas
πŸ’›40g dessicated coconut
πŸ’›3 tbsp maple syrup
πŸ’›A pinch of salt
πŸ’›2 tbsp buckwheat flour or plain flour
πŸ’›25g plain chocolate chips .
πŸ’›πŸ’›1. Preheat the oven to 160 C/ 325 F and line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment .
πŸ’›πŸ’›2 Place all the ingredients except the chocolate chips in the bowl of a food processor and blitz until roughly chopped and the mixture has come together. (I left out the sultanas in these melting middle cookies)
πŸ’›πŸ’›3 Transfer the cookie mixture to a bowl and add the chocolate chips. Shape the cookie dough into 15 equal sized balls and place the balls on the lined trays. (Or don't add chocolate chips, squash a chocolate chunk in the middle of each ball) Flatten them slightly and press them with a fork .
πŸ’›πŸ’› bake for 12 mins and cool on the tray initially then move to a rack
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Made fish-fish cakes and cucumber sea for dinner, whilst whatsapping colleagues doing waaay more glam things - but I'm still in early stages of mat leave where I don't mind..! .
Ps thanks @annabelkarmel for the recipe! #journalism #fishskills #cooking #dinnertjme #cucumbersea #toddler #baby #kids #motherandson #love #happy #mumandbaby #iglife #likeforlike #instagood #pbloggers #fbloggers #instakids #runoutofwomb #momlife #motherhood #baba #instamum #motherhood #maternityleave #annabelkarmel #housestinks #idontevenlikefish #glamcolleagues

Chicken and Apple Balls - You gotta' try these! The grated apple adds a delicious flavour to these chicken balls, which makes them appealing to young children, and they are delicious hot or cold. @annabelkarmel #annabelkarmel
Read our article on The Best First Foods for Baby - http://www.rollercoaster.ie/Article/Nutrition-for-Baby-Toddler/The-Best-First-foods-for-your-baby

Last night's dinner: adults-chicken chop and coleslaw. kids: salmon potato patties from #annabelkarmel recipes #foodfortoddlers

In my element πŸ˜†βœŒπŸΌ Love food prepping for the rest of the fam but now it's time to start prepping for bubba 😍 @annabelkarmel
#prepping #foodprep #puree #fruit #freshfruit #stewed #applesandpears #annabelkarmel #recipe

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