Saturday, July 13, 2013

Kid Konnection: Kids in the Kitchen Cookbook

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week, I'm going to share with you a fantastic cookbook geared especially towards kids!

Summary: TIME For Kids Kids in the Kitchen Cookbook, Fun Recipes for Kids to Make! features over 80 tasty recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and more that kids and adults will love to make and eat together.

These homemade meals focus on utilizing fresh ingredients while encouraging the understanding of nutrition and kitchen safety. New twists and alternate recipes are included to enhance simple recipes into new favorites.

Filled with full-color photos and some illustrations, this book features step-by-step, easy-to-follow recipes. Kids will practice measuring ingredients, reading nutritional labels, and learn the basics of cooking.

All of the recipes were chosen from Recipes include:

  • Applesauce Muffins
  • Chocolate Chip Waffles
  • Fruit Smoothies
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Fish and Chips
  • Sloppy Joe Sliders
  • Creamy Berry Fruit Pops
  • And more...
Even the most picky eaters will find foods they will love inside this cookbook. -- Time

I am the first to admit that I'm not the best mom when it comes to letting my kids test out recipes in the kitchen. I am kind of a control freak and I'm never quite satisfied with how they clean up their messes. (And yes, I do realize I'm not doing them any favors by not teaching them to cook much beyond toast and pasta!) However, I thought that maybe the new cookbook TIME FOR KIDS: KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKBOOK: FUN RECIPES FOR KIDS TO MAKE! might change my mind. This cookbook which is geared towards kids (and their parents) is so much fun with its yummy recipes, colorful photos, and detailed directions.

I'm sure what I'm going to say next is going to tell you a lot about my cooking skills... I think KIDS IN THE KITCHEN is a fantastic cookbook. Of course, the entire cookbook has recipes easy enough for kids to make, but I actually like that feature too. I need quick and easy recipes given our schedule. If a recipe is too complicated, I don't even pretend that I'll make is someday.

But I also really liked that the recipes were kid-friendly. And by that I mean, the foods in this cookbook were ones that even picky eaters would like. They didn't use fancy ingredients, but there were plenty of healthy ones including lots of fruits and veggies. I actually found lots of recipes, including meal ideas, that sounded delicious.

I wanted Booking Son to look through this cookbook knowing that he probably wouldn't find many (if any) recipes that he could eat given his food allergies. (He's allergic to eggs, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish.) Fortunately we marked quite a few recipes that we didn't need to modify at all and a few more that we could make if we substituted ingredients. We decided to try the Roasted Sweet Potato Fries first.

I almost hate to admit this, but I bought pre-cut sweet potatoes at Wegmans. They cost a fortune, but it did make the recipe so much easier to prepare. We added some olive oil and other seasonings (including fresh rosemary from our garden), and threw them in the oven. I am pretty sure that the wedges we used were thinner than the recipe called for, so I just adjusted the cooking time. Within 20 minutes we had very delicious sweet potato fries. Booking Son even ate them and declared them pretty good!

But KIDS IN THE KITCHEN is about more than just recipes. There are also instructions which will teach kids to measure ingredients, read nutritional labels and learn the basics of cooking. Additionally, this cookbook features: Kitchen Basics and The Young Chef’s Toolbox;  Smart Food Choices Mean Good Eats (Stay-Fit Tips and Goals for Good Health);  How to Avoid Kitchen Disaster; You Can Measure (Metric Equivalents);  Glossary;  A Word Search Puzzle;  Facts, World Records and Articles from TIME For Kids; and much more!

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN is a fantastic resource for kids and parents alike! Personally, I will be keeping this cookbook in mind as a future gift idea for budding chefs!

Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy of this book.

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page.  

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I am also the type to buy precut things! especially if it makes me more apt to use them!

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

I'm also the same kind of mom who doesn't let the kids do too much experimenting in the kitchen because they make such a mess! But I'm starting to relent and not be so controlling! My daughter and son love to cook with me so I think they would like this book because it would give them permission to cook with me!

Unknown said...

I'm a big believer in having kids in the kitchen - not only are they learning math (fractions, measurements) and a life skill, but they are also more likely to eat what they have prepared themselves! When I want to introduce something new, I have the boys help me...I'm sneaky that way.

This looks like a great cookbook, thanks!

bermudaonion said...

Those sweet potato fries sound wonderful!

Beth F said...

I'm a strong believer in the idea that if kids help cook the veggies, they will be more inclined to eat them. :) I love cooking with my nieces and nephews, despite the mess.

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ChaosIsAFriendOfMine said...

I'm bad about letting my kids "help" me in the kitchen too because it ends up taking three times as long than if I just did it myself. This book sounds like a great resource to ease them into helping without driving me crazy!

Peaceful Reader said...

My daughter loves to help in the kitchen and she does make quite a mess but she is building life-long skills. This sounds like a fantastic book to get kids cooking!