This is turning out to be a giveaway-packed week (check out Monday’s Canvas Photo giveaway). I’m still catching up from a busy September and am finally getting around to a few of the giveaways I’ve had on hold for weeks. This is a fun one!
Back in August, I was asked to review a new cookbook called Appetite for Life: The Thumbs-Up, No-Yucks Guide to Getting Your Kid to be a Great Eater. This book is packed with kid-friendly recipes, tips, and stories from Stacey Antine, founder of HealthBarn USA. It provides whole food alternatives to many of the popular convenience foods, and suggests that introducing kids to a wide variety (through tasting, cooking, gardening, etc) is a better choice than “sneaking” vegetables in.
I also love that she throws in tips for gardening, composting, and even some fun kid activity ideas.
I love the philosophy behind this book. We are not perfect, but I do my best to avoid store-bought processed snack foods and to cook meals for the whole family, especially as L is becoming pickier these days.
For my meal plan this week, I decided to try several recipes from this book. I chose Quinoa Falafels, Pasta Fagioli, Crustless Veggie Quiche and Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Pesto. So far, we’ve enjoyed everything we made.
This is not a vegetarian cookbook, but there are plenty of vegetarian options. I made the Pasta Fagioli Monday evening which contains mini-meatballs, and I decided to go ahead and make meatballs for the first time in months, as my husband is thrilled when meat appears on the table. It was delicious without the meat as well. I neglected to take a photo, but here’s one from the cookbook:
I also made the Veggie Quiche last night and Blueberry Rice Pudding for dessert.
And I have a whole list of recipes I’m hoping to make soon, including:
- Grilled Fruit Pancake Tacos
- Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
- Citrus and Herb Shrimp Kebabs
- Pumpkin Pie Dip
- Homemade Chocolate Pudding
The recipes are organized into Breakfasts; Snacks: Lunches they will Love; Afternoon Appetites; and the Family Meal. For the most part, the recipes are simple, featuring common ingredients. A few (such as the Sweet Potato Gnocchi) take a little more time and effort. I look forward to using this cookbook frequently. I’m really happy with it, although I would love to see a lot more photos.
Would you like a copy for yourself? Enter for a chance to win the Appetite for Life Cookbook:
Have you tried a new recipe lately?