Peel and cut several apples into small chunks. Place in a saucepan with 1/4 cup of water. Sprinkle with a little sugar, then cover and cook over low heat, stirring often, until softened. Spice with cinnamon and raisins.
Nutritional bonus: Homemade applesauce provides at least 10 percent of your child’s daily requirement of vitamin C. Not as much as orange juice, certainly, but four times as much as store-bought applesauce (unless you buy a brand that’s fortified with vitamin C). For extra protein and calcium, serve with lemon-flavored yogurt.
Next: Carrots? No thanks, Mom.