Kids can sure be picky eaters. I didn'??t realize just how picky until I had kids. There are some (frustrating) nights where I found myself making two different meals '?? one for my husband and myself and another for my daughter '?? all to appease her picky palate. As she has gotten older I have tried to change her eating habits, introduce her to new food and flavors (not to mention preserve my sanity) by making dishes that our entire family loves.
I recently had the chance to review The SupperClub by Susie Cover (of Susie'??s Supper Club, a prepared-food delivery service). As a former caterer, professional chef and mom of two, Cover'??s book features fun kid-friendly meals including a collection of sides, dinners, salads, and desserts that the whole family will love.
Looking through the book, I poured over the delicious recipes that were healthy without being '??kid-food.'? Everything from soft pretzels to roasted chicken to homemade granola is covered in The SupperClub that includes a modern stance on how to eat and how to plan meals. The book includes over 100 recipes as well as strategies on how to please picky eaters, how to put a fresh spin on leftovers, and meal planning strategies for the week like how the weekends are better for making intricate meals like roasting meats or baking cookies. The cookbook also includes gorgeous full-color pictures taken by Con Poulus who beautifully captures Cover'??s mouth-watering meals.
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I really loved the idea for the quinoa cakes and tested this out at a recent dinner. As a grain that is packed with protein I try to serve quinoa instead of rice and even use it instead of granola for a healthy topping on my yogurt. In Cover'??s recipe, the quinoa is cooked with flour, green onions and cheese that is then lightly fried '?? making for a nutty and healthy side dish. My ever-picky daughter who loves everything cheese really loved these cakes that she called '??pancakes.'? After trying this recipe, I really enjoyed this variation on one of my favorite side dishes - not to mention discovering a meal that my toddler and I both savored.
Throughout the book, I loved how Cover focuses on exposing families to new flavors and a broader range of meals options like pizza with asparagus, lamb or butternut squash or ways to mix up serving vegetables like her recipes for zucchini fritters or celery root mashed potatoes. The book also includes a section of basic recipes such as how to make your own pizza and pasta dough, gnocchi, cupcake batter, salad dressing and even ketchup '?? making for an easy-to-understand guideline for classic dishes. The dinner options are also exciting with recipes for chicken potpie, mini meatloaf, pad Thai tofu and of course yummy desserts like brownies, lemon mousse, and cherry almond scones.
With family-friendly recipes, beautiful pictures and a modern approach to cooking, The Supper Club is an excellent cookbook that every parent will both admire and find inspiration from as they learn how to feed their family with new and exciting flavors and recipes that brings everyone together.
Serena Norr is a NYC-based writer/editor, soup-maker, and more importantly, a mama to two girls. You can read more soup recipes on her blog: seriouslysoupy.com.
MomTrends was not paid for this post. We were given a book to sample.