National Nutrition Month Day 5: Real Baby Food

National Nutrition Month Day 5: Real Baby Food

Real Baby Food.Helwig Cover Art


For day 5 of my National Nutrition Month series I couldn’t resist including Real Baby Food: East, All-Natural Recipes For Your Baby & Toddler. I made all the baby food for my 3 kiddos and now it’s very trendy to do so. I know my future sister-in-law, who is an avid cook, will definitely want to make her own baby food when the time comes.

Jenna Helwig, who is the food editor for Parents magazine is devoted to helping families eat better and her fabulous book is one that should be added to every new parent or parent-to-be collection. Jenna was kind enough to provide a recipe from her cookbook that I think my fully grown brother Jack would love!


Salmon Cakes with Garlic MayoSalmonCakesPotatoes(c)Lauren Volo
Makes 4 servings

This is the tastiest way I know to get salmon into kids (and grown-ups). Wrap these small patties in lettuce leaves, serve on slider buns, or just let kids eat them with their hands.

½ cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
1 clove garlic, minced
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 lb. salmon fillets (preferably wild), skin removed, cut into chunks
¼ cup panko
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil

1. In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, chives, garlic, and pepper to taste.

2. Pulse the salmon in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add ¼ cup of the mayonnaise mixture, the panko, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix just until combined, and form into 8 small patties. Add the lemon juice to the remaining mayonnaise mixture and stir to combine.

3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the patties until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve with the mayonnaise mixture.

Make Ahead: Complete the recipe through Step 2. Refrigerate the patties and mayo mixture for up to 24 hours. Cook as directed in Step 3. You can also freeze the assembled patties for up to three months. Defrost overnight in the fridge and cook as directed.

Nutrition per serving (2 patties): 432 calories; 23g protein; 34g fat (5g sat. fat); 6g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 1g sugars; 630mg sodium; 29mg calcium; 1mg iron; 578mg potassium; 2mg Vitamin C; 110IU Vitamin A

Excerpted from Real Baby Food, © 2015 by Jenna Helwig. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. Photography ©2015 by Lauren Volo


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