Here are a couple of recipes from the book we reviewed yesterday.

Perfectly Basic Apples

Wash and peel 5 apples.

Cut each apple in half.

Remove the seeds and stem with a melon baller.

Cut each half into 6 pieces.

Put the apple pieces and 8 ounces of water or apple juice into a 4-quart pot.

Turn the burner on high and cover with a lid.

Cook for approximately 8 minutes, stirring once. The apples should be tender but not mushy.

Pour everything into the blender. Puree until smooth.

Pour into two ice cube trays and allow to cool.

Wrap and freeze until ready to serve.

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Perfectly Basic Peas

Fill a 4-quart pot half-way with water. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat.

While water is coming to a boil, get your “green veggie shocking station” ready.

You’ll need a colander and a large bowl filled with ice and cold water, as much ice as possible.

Pour the frozen peas into the colander. Run cool water over them to get rid of any ice crystals (which will allow the boiling water to come back to a boil faster).

Pour the peas into the boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes on highest heat.

Pour peas into colander. Run cold water over them and pour them into the ice bath. Allow peas to chill for 3 minutes. Pour the peas back into the colander and pick out any remainng ice.

Pour peas in the blender and add 8 ounces of cold water. Puree until smooth.

Pour into 2 ice cube trays.

Wrap and freeze.

Excerpted from baby love: Healthy, Easy, Delicious Meals for Your Baby and Toddler by Norah O’Donnell and Chef Geoff Tracy 2010 St Martin’s Press