Annabel Karmel brings you a mouth-watering batch of never before seen recipes featuring delicious ingredients with serious nutritional credentials. With beautiful photographs and fresh design, this is an essential book for every modern parent. Chapters range from Fifteen Minute Meals to Healthy ‘Fast Food’, via Holiday Cooking with Kids and Lunchbox Snacks, and fresh, easy and modern dishes include Quinoa Chicken Fingers, Crispy Baked Cod, The Best Buttermilk Pancakes and Carrot Cake Balls.
The chapters are designed to make choosing a fuss-free dish simple. Many recipes include swap-outs to cater for those with food allergies, intolerances or particularly fussy eaters! There is a huge range of meat-free and vegan meal options as well as recipes including meat and fish.
Real Food for Kids offers everything today’s parents are looking for once their babies are ready to start joining in with family mealtimes. Each dish is designed to be enjoyed by the whole family, while remaining simple, healthy, and not too salty or sugary for young children.
Cooking for the family and especially for children is HARD WORK. For me, this usually includes a struggle between quickness, convenience and finding the time to cook a meal, and cooking a healthy, but still a yummy meal, which is essential when dealing with fussier eaters.
I’ve tried lots of different parenting recipe books over the last few years, most of which were too complicated or where the food wasn’t interesting enough to keep the children happily eating. Having had a flick through ‘Real Food Kids Will Love’, I decided to give it a go, after all, it was worth a shot. However, once I started reading through and trying out tips and tricks from the book, I realised that this one, in particular, is more of what I’ve been looking for. One of the mid sections of the book discuss lunchbox snacks for children – something I found really interesting, as I hadn’t seen much on the topic in cookbooks in the past, yet lunch boxes are just as, if not more, time-consuming and important for children at school. I also loved the focus on vegan and meat-free alternative meals in the book, as having watched and read a lot about healthier ways of eating, I am trying to make as many meat-free dishes at home as possible and having access to vegan recipes which are catering for children is something I find is really lacking in the cookbook field currently.
I think that all parents should give this book a go, especially those with fussier eaters, or who are looking for more inspiration for cooking for little ones. The meals are healthy, simple and easy to make and most were gobbled up quickly.
Also, less importantly, the photography in the book was fantastic – being able to see what meals should look like when coming together, as well as wholesome family snaps.
Overall, I really enjoyed my experimentation with ‘Real Food Kids Will Love’ and will continue to try different recipes from the book in the future. I do hope that Annabel Karmel writes more, and would love to pick up her next recipe book.
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