This book is a wonderful collection of simple recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, healthy, and very kid friendly. They also happen to be vegetarian (65 of the 160 plus recipes are vegan). Which is not to say that you have to be a vegan or vegetarian to enjoy the book -- this is tasty healthy fare, and everyone can benefit from that.
The authors, busy moms themselves, kids tested these recipes (many of them new for this revised edition of the book) to make sure they appealed to younger palates. The introduction chapters are filled with important information about children's nutritional needs and guidelines that you can put into practice. There is even a chapter of tips on becoming a vegan, for those who want to take their vegetarian diet a step further -- healthily.
The recipes cover all aspects of the day from breakfast to lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts. There's even a respectable number of recipes that could easily be packed in a brown bag lunch. (Author Marty Mattare was actually inspired to write the book because she was feeling guilty about sending her son to school with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches too often.) Recipes are appropriate for children aged two and older.
This is a cookbook that all families could use. For a vegetarian family -- it's a must!
Chapters include: The Nutritional needs of Children; Getting Kids to Eat Well; Stocking Your Pantry; Stocking Your Refrigerator; Tips For Becoming a Vegan; Quick Substitutions; Healthy breakfasts; Hearty Soups; Well-Dressed Salads; Side Dishes for All Seasons; Sandwiches and Packables; Tempting Main Dishes; Nutrition Packed Snacks; Scrumptious Desserts; Toddler Recipes; Family menu Ideas; Nutrition Values of Key Ingredients; Resources for Vegetarians.Sample Recipes:
See the Related Recipes section below for sample recipes from this book.