Do you struggle getting your children to try new things? Do you have to cook several meals every evening to please everyone? Or are you looking at increasing you recipe repertoire for the whole family to enjoy. Well I think I have the book just for you. Get Your Kids To Eat Anything by Emily Leary is not just a cook book but a 5 phase programme using Emily’s vast experience to change the way your family thinks about food and what you eat.
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First up, Emily has divided this book into the 5 phases :
- Put the unfamiliar into the familiar
- Discover the fun in food
- Step into the unknown
- Cement variety
Within each of the phases though there are lots of helpful nuggets of advice and information.
Many of the recipes are ones that you can enjoy making with children, as well as on your own. There are two weeks worth of recipes in each phase, but you can take your time on each phase, which is exactly what we have been doing. I think in essence you know your family and habits, and for us, I needed to take my time breaking that bad and boring ones we had developed.
I’ve now cooked and sampled lots of the recipes. I can confirm that they are incredibly tasty. I was lucky enough to be invited to a bloggers tea party with the very lovely Emily, and so ate the Multicoloured fancy finger sandwiches, roast vegetable hummus, savoury lunchbox muffins, breakfast frittata and rainbow pizza. All recipes in each of the phases.
I think the thing I loved the most was this really isn’t a recipe book, there are so many invitations and talking points to chat to your children about food. Lots of which I would never have thought of, and now we are doing it I am so grateful for. They work had in hand with the programme. There is even areas in the book that you add what your thoughts are, as well as meal plans for you to add to.
The recipes include everything from smoothies to lunch box ideas to full main meals. Packed with ideas of ingredients to add that will surprise you, packed with colour, grains and spices to tickle those taste buds. Our favourite from Phase one is a citrusy pesto pasta, and phase two so far we have had great success with the chickpea burritos. How this book got my girls to eat chickpeas voluntarily, is mind-blowing! Now we have plans to take our small herb garden that we share to another level, as the girls are interested in growing more of their food, so watch this space.
One of the fantastic recipes that I made with the kids was the Sticky-hands vegetable soda bread. It was glorious, my eldest thought it tasted even better toasted the next day.
Huge thank you to Emily for adding more variety into all of our diets, and a whole lots of colour. Looking forward to completing the programme. Now when’s the next book out, because I’m hooked!