Mealtime Made Easy: Our Favorite Cookbooks for Families

Mealtime is an important part of the day for families. Sharing stories as you eat nourishing food is a great way to keep your kids’ minds and bodies healthy. Oftentimes the biggest challenge is finding time to prepare a meal that is both nutritious and delicious. Kids can be rather finicky. Whether yours have specific dietary restrictions or just palates that are hard to please, the following five cookbooks can help make dinnertime more fun.

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Breakfast for Dinner: Recipes for Frittata Florentine, Huevos Rancheros, Sunny-Side-Up Burgers, and More! by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth should be required reading for all moms and dads. This easy-to-follow cookbook written by a husband and wife team is filled with mouthwatering recipes taking standard breakfast meals to the next level. There’s just something fun about having breakfast for dinner. From breakfast sausage raviolis to Greek baked eggs, there’s so much to savor in this delightful, new cookbook.

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The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals by Kelly Rudnicki is an essential guide for those moms with kids who suffer from dairy, egg, and nut allergies. These recipes use common ingredients found in everyday kitchens. Be sure to try the slow-cooker Italian beef served on toasted hoagie rolls. The meat is so tender and juicy. Also, if you are looking for some tasty treats, the cowboy cookies are a surefire way to rustle the kids up for delicious suppertime meal.

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The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook by Carrie S. Forbes is a simple way to incorporate gluten-free meals into your diet. Whether you or your child suffers from celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or wheat allergies, this step-by-step cookbook serves up bountiful options. I paired the steamed spaghetti squash with the almond chicken for a crowd-pleasing meal. Also, the pineapple teriyaki drumsticks were a big hit with my kids. Using a slow cooker is an easy way to put a home cooked meal on the table when you are short on time.

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The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook by Mark Hyman, MD features more than 175 delicious recipes for total health and weight loss. This book aims to help you the lose the belly fat while boosting your energy. Some tasty recipes to try are the wasabi salmon salad and the guilt-free chocolate mousse. Even the kids will like the oven-roasted turkey burgers with Brussels sprouts and baked sweet potatoes. Taking control of your sugar intake by serving healthy foods is good for the whole family.


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Hero Food by Seamus Mullen shows how cooking with fresh ingredients can make you feel better. Best- known as a celebrity chef and Food Network Star, Seamus shares his personal battle with rheumatoid arthritis in this coffee table worthy cook book filled with mouthwatering photos. His entertaining vignettes peppered with delectable recipes will entice you to explore arthritis-friendly foods as he steers you towards a path to healthy living.