A review of the Ingreedies cookbook. A great resource for anyone who likes cooking with their children, or who wants to encourage them to!
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As parents we all want our kids to grow up with a healthy relationship with food, eating a good range of different foods and trying new things. Thinking ahead I also like to think that when they leave home, my kids will know how to feed themselves. And by that I don't mean they'll know where the ready meal section is in the supermarket, I mean they will know how to plan, prepare and cook a healthy meal (or ideally more than one meal!) from scratch.
Involving kids with our family's food decisions
We've been making a conscious effort this year to talk to our children about food.
For starters we've been involving them in meal planning. This involves:
- letting them choose at least one meal a week that they want to see on the meal plan
- sharing facts with them about food (you can see a few examples in my cauliflower and leeks posts), and
- encouraging them to help in the kitchen.
Miss R needs no encouragement and she would gladly help to prepare every single meal. At 5 I haven't let her near the oven or hob yet but she is an expert peeler, chopper, stirrer and mixer.
Unfortunately R, 7, is less interested in helping with meal prep but he can always be persuaded to help make bread or sweet treats. And Little S is starting to show an interest too.
The Ingreedies cookbook
So when I stumbled across a copy of Around the World with the Ingreedies: A Taste Adventure* in a bookshop I picked it up straight away.
I'd only looked at a couple of pages when I knew the book would be leaving the bookshop with me. It's the perfect resource to get your kids excited about food.
What is the book like?
The recipes in the Ingreedies cookbook are divided up by continent. The book is packed to the brim with illustrations, fun facts, maps and recipes.
There are 13 recipes from around the world to cook and enjoy together as a family. Unlike many kids recipe books the recipes all actually sound delicious and appealing to adults too!
Personally I would like to see more vegetarian recipes in the book. However, most of the recipes could easily be adapted if you're a veggie family - as we did with the recipe I've featured here.
The book is great for different ages too. At 5, Miss R and I sit down together and read the recipes and the facts but at almost 7, R can read much of the book himself. It would make a lovely gift for a child of any age.
What did we make?
We adapted the recipe for North-South Curry - which has chicken in it - to be a vegetarian curry instead. The whole family loved it.
The kids, especially R, particularly enjoyed making - and eating - their own rotis (flatbreads). In addition Miss R had a great time bashing up the garlic, ginger and spices to make her very own curry paste.
If you like this you might like this My Fussy Eater cookbook review.
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Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the Ingreedies cookbook to give away as a prize. I have received no other payment for this post and all opinions are honest and are my own.