_Post in collaboration with Annabel Karmel_
Being such a terrible cook and having two kids, I really thought it was time to sort my self out and try to make something that we all could eat.
So far our meal routine consist of: first Harvey gets fed and then we all eat together. Unsurprisingly, I always cook pretty much the same meal for all of us to share. Harvey is still unable to feed himself however he loves to taste whatever we are eating. That keeps him busy and allows him to discover new flavours and texture.
I’ve always been honest with you, you know that cooking isn’t my forte. That’s why I was so excited to be sent the newest Annabel Karmel book to review: Real Food Kids Will Love. It makes my life so much easier and the mealtime more interesting for my fussy little duo.
It contains over 100 easy (I call them Sara proof ahah) recipes that are perfect from “toddlerhood” and up. This book is very handy, simple to read and full of eye catching photographs.
You can find recipes for every occasion: holiday cooking, ideas for the kids lunch boxes (my biggest nightmare), snacks and even healthy fast food treats (my fave).
The book is divided in chapters so it’s easy to browse and pick your daily choice. All the recipes focus on using healthy and nutritious ingredients and that is what I like the most. Another section of the book that I particularly love is the “holiday cooking with kids” one; it’s such a sweet activity to do together and, being quite traditional, I love to celebrate the holidays with something mouth-watering and pretty to see.
A lot of recipes feature substitute ingredients for those with allergies/intolerance or for particularly fussy eaters (aka Catherine and her aversion to whatever is green and vegetables in general) . The book offers a huge choice of dishes for vegetarians and vegans as well as meat and fish options.
The last thing I love about this book it that it includes a fruit and veg rewards chart which makes feeding kids their portion of fruits and veggies easier and more fun!
On Sunday I made the rigatoni with tomato, mozzarella and basil: the kids LOVED it. They never sit still for a second but, as you can see from the pictures, they were very pleased with their portion.
I leave you with this quick, delicious recipe; try it on, you won’t be disappointed!!
I was so happy to discover that I actually can make a family meal that everyone loves!
RIGATONI WITH TOMATO, BASIL AND MOZZARELLA
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 chopped onion
- 1/2 red pepper, deseeded and diced
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
- 5oz tinned chipped tomato
- 1tbsp tomato puree
- 1tsp honey
- 3tbsp chopped fresh basil
- 2tbsp mascarpone
- 40 g grated cheese
- rigatoni pasta
- 50g mozzarella
- Heat the oil, add onions and pepper and stir fry for 10 minutes until softened. Add garlic and fry for another 30 seconds, add chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and honey until they boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, then mix everything up with an electric blender. Add basil, mascarpone and half of the grated cheese.
- Cook the pasta in salted water, drain and add it to the sauce. Mix everything well and add the mozzarella.
- Put your pasta in a small baking dish, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and grill it for 5 minutes.
You can buy the book here