|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
Pretty much every Saturday I take the boys to the lovely new library a block and a half from our house. It's just up the street but it usually takes us at least 20 minutes to get there. There are driveways and stairs to investigate, alleys to follow, and dandelions to pick. When we finally get there and the boys tumble happily into the children's section, I often grab a cookbook from the small collection in the back, perpetually under the delusion that I'll actually have time to kill. I never do, so I usually end up taking that day's selection home with me.
A few weeks back I grabbed The Working Parents Cookbook. I didn't expect much from it, it's got that kind of overly designed cover that pegs it as something you might have picked up at Urban Outfitters. It looks like a cookbook for people who like the idea of cooking but don't actually cook. But I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and simplicity of the recipes included. Now your kids would have to be considerably older than mine and considerably less picky to actually eat most of these dishes, but the book really shines as a collection of fairly simple, quick, and nutritious recipes good for weekday dinners and weekend picnics.
All recipes include preparation and cooking time estimates (as is usual with cookbooks that advertise 'quick' recipes they're a bit on the low side unless you've made the recipe before) and rarely take up more than a page for the lists of ingredients and cooking instructions. The first recipe I made was a Couscous salad with Tomato and Cilantro (although I used parsley as Jim is a bit of a cilantro-phobe). It was simple to make and came out tasting better than I thought it would. Other recipes that caught my eye include the Lamb Burger with Cumin, the Lemon Bulgur Salad with Summer Vegetables, and the Chicken Kabobs marinated in Yogurt and Spices.
You don't have to be a parent to enjoy this book. It's a good choice if you're looking for a straight forward collection of basic recipes with a tasty, healthful twist.
|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.