In my cookbook, recipes that kids can make or participate in have a “K” coding. It gets them involved in the process, gives them a lot of pride, and is a great way to get them to eat better. I also encourage the idea of Home-Cooked Sundays. If we do a little bit on Sunday to get ourselves prepared for cooking all week, we stack the cards in favor of a healthy week. Buy your groceries, make the quinoa, prepare the kale. Peel carrots, onion, and garlic and store them in glass jars in the fridge. I love the idea of assigning members of the family different weekly tasks, then switching all the jobs for the next week. When you cook together, you model healthy habits. There’s no better place for amazing bonding time than in the kitchen. To cook, you need both hands. You can’t text with one hand and chop a carrot with the other.
Our new book The Family Cooks is available now in bookstores! What began as a casual conversation during a hike on a beautiful, sunny day about the need for a cookbook with easy, healthy, delicious recipes for families to cook together has become a beautiful book we are very proud of.
For families, eating right has become a huge challenge. We’ve become convinced we no longer have time to cook, and food marketers spend billions persuading us that packaged, processed food is convenient, satisfying, and the key to happiness. Not true! Luckily, home cooking is making a comeback, and we hope The Family Cooks will inspire you to take control of what you and your family eat by making it yourself.
The Family Cooks contains over 100 fast, tasty recipes with real ingredients for people who think they are too busy to cook. We tested all the recipes with parents and kids to make sure they were family-friendly. We give you ways to play with the recipes, like fun garnishes your kids will love (try the yogurt “spider web” garnish on pea soup) and extra ingredient suggestions to alter dishes (add a few spices and lentil soup becomes curried lentil soup).
For those who find cooking intimidating, we made sure the recipes were easy to prepare. We explain cooking terms, break down basic prep techniques, and decode food labeling practices to help you avoid falling prey to marketing tricks, like believing “natural” on a package means it’s healthy for your family.
We include lots of tips on how to get your kids involved in the cooking, and offer recipes they can make on their own. Cooking together with your kids is one of the most powerful ways to ensure your family’s health, build self esteem, develop your child’s palate, and set your kids on a lifetime path of confident cooking and healthy eating.
Thanks for your support and happy cooking!
Who says you can’t make a salad without lettuce? Celery, Granny Smith apples and red grapes get equal play in this flavorful dish, tossed in a sophisticated Dijon vinaigrette. A great accompaniment to sandwiches, even toddlers can take part in creating the salad. This recipe comes to us from our friends at Veggiecation, a culinary-nutrition education program that introduces children to the wonderfully delicious and nutritious world of vegetables.
“The one day of my week that’s not booked solid, Sundays are my favorite time to peruse a farmers market, stock up for the week ahead, and linger in the kitchen. Armed with plenty of unprocessed ingredients and some tasty, reliable recipes, I recruit whoever’s willing and get cooking.”
” … Sofritas (“sautéed” in Spanish) is a hearty Mexican stew that’s packed with chiles and spices. This hearty vegan version, served over brown rice or quinoa, inside a taco shell, or nestled into a breakfast burrito along with guacamole and cheese, makes a scrumptious meatless meal in a snap.”