|The Family Kitchen : Easy and Delicious Recipes for Parents and Kids to Make and Enjoy Together|
|The Working Parents Cookbook: More than 200 Recipes for Great Family Meals|
Jeff and Jodie Morgan
As one of the pieces of advice most often given to parents of picky kids is to involve them in the kitchen, here's a book set up to do just that. There are only about twenty or so recipes included and they're laid out with 2 pages describing the recipe to the parents and 2 pages of numbered steps with pictures for the kids, so even non-readers will have something to follow. Whether your picky kids will like these recipes depends on what kind of picky kid you've got. As mine are of the 'food must be plain and not touch other food unless that other food is ketchup' variety, many of these recipes would not appeal to them. My three year old did like the Mango Lassi however, and I'm going to try the granola on my six year old. Recipes are healthy, quirky, and meatless.
- I finally got around to showing the cookbook to my six year old. He was interested and liked the pages for kids where he could 'read' through the steps. He got bored about a third of the way through and we put it away. But that weekend he brought it up again and asked if we could cook something from the book. So we made the Sunrise Lemonade, Sweet Potato Surprise, and the Crunchy Fruity Granola. He loved the lemonade, surprise, surprise, but he wouldn't even touch the sweet potato once it was cooked even though he picked it out. The granola was a hit though, and fun to make. The recipe is included on my Kid Friendly Recipes page. So overall it was a success I think, and he really liked the fact that he could read out the steps to me and tell me what to do for a change!
|The Vegetarian Family Cookbook|
Gastrokid Social Network
Forum and discussion site that goes along with the Gastrokid blog. The blog is written by two fathers of small children, one in Wales and one who lives in Los Angeles and is features editor at Bon Appetit. The discussion site includes topics on picky and healthy eating.
Collection of resources for packing healthy kids lunches including cookbooks, recipes, product links, and news reports. Keep scrolling down, it's a super long page with lots of different categories of resources.
Picky Eaters: They Get it From You
Article from the New York Times on recent research suggesting picky eating is mostly genetic. Includes interesting links.
Cooking for Kids: Recipes from Eating Well Magazine
Recipes that kids have liked from the Eating Well archives. There are additional resources if you click around this section including a discussion board and articles.
What To Do With the Picky Eater
Advice from the mother of seven kids on how to deal with picky eaters. The discussion continues in the comments section. This is a great site for other kinds of parenting advice, and I also love the author's other personal blog Notes From the Trenches.
Vegetarian Kid-Friendly Recipes from Nava Atlas
Vegetarian kid-friendly recipes and tips excerpted from The Vegetarian Family (reviewed above) and other cookbooks written by Nava Atlas. Good ideas for picky veggie kids.
Feeding Kids Newsletter Archive
Online archive of Feeding Kids bi-monthly newsletters going back to 1999. Short newsletters dealing with how to get kids of all ages to eat healthy, with one kid activity per newsletter. You may also sign up to receive upcoming newsletters via email.
Packing Kid's Lunches
A collection of suggestions about packing healthy lunches for picky and non-picky eaters in preschool or elementary school. Compiled in 2004 on the Berkeley Parent's Network site.
Don't Like It. Won't Eat It.
Article on TodaysParent.com (originally published in 2003) about some of the possible causes of extreme picky eating across age groups and different approaches to dealing with it.
Encouraging Kids to Eat Fish
A post on Slashfood.com about trying to get a picky 12 year old to eat fish. Includes recipe for quick Salmon Cakes.
Getting Children to Eat Well Podcast
A twenty minute podcast with Dr. Joel Fuhrman about strategies for getting kids to eat healthy foods. He's a bit hardcore (no dairy or meat) but if you can listen to his strategies and apply them to your own definition of eating well, it might be helpful.
The Secrets to Getting Your Children to Eat Healthfully
A quick text article from the same site as the podcast above. You can click on the Healthy Parenting tag at the top of the article to browse the entire category.
An excerpt on Salon.com from The Imperfect Mom: Candid Confessions of Mothers Living in the Real World. If you're not a member of Salon you'll have to watch an advertisement to access the site. The author muses about how to maintain a balance between being a member of the health food police and letting your kids indulge in the snacks and sugary treats that we all remember fondly from childhood. Special focus on mothers and daughters.
Cooking for Picky Eaters
Online article from the magazine Delicious Living, includes tips and recipes.
Recipe from the magazine Delicious Living.
Cooking Rocks Challenge
The author is cooking her way through Cooking Rocks (Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Meals for Kids). Site is kind of hard to navigate. When you get there click on the author's name to see most recent posts, or click on Read at the bottom of this post to see the original explanatory post.
Creating and Cooking Food Kids Like to Eat
Chat transcript with Aviva Goldfarb, co-author of Peanut Butter Stew and Couscous, Too and author of The Six O'Clock Scramble
A short discussion on FoodNetwork.com about packing school lunches for picky kids.
Pleasing Picky Eaters
An article on FoodNetwork.com with tips for broadening the culinary horizons of picky eaters. Contains links to recipes.