Between making making bento lunches for our son every day and trying to figure out what to make for dinner, we often have to remind ourselves that we must find time to enjoy cooking as a family.
Enter nutrition expert and best-selling author Annabel Karmel's new cookbook Toddler Cookbook which has inspired us to create tasty foods and desserts the entire family can enjoy.
More than the typical "kiddie cuisine" many children's cookbooks offer, Karmel's recipes include meringues, salmon cakes, chicken satay and toddler-friendly lettuce wrap "boats". Each of the recipes feature easy-to-follow photographs of children preparing the dishes, all of which were simple and quick to make. Our only concern is the use of artificial colorings some of the recipes require -- but stick to natural food dyes and you'll be all set.
And if you are a kitchen novice, don't worry. Toddler Cookbook is chock full of kitchen basics including tips on how to separate an egg, whipping a perfect peak, how to use ring molds and a visual reference guide of various kitchen utensils and tools.
More than just a cookbook, Karmel's book offers parents and children a chance to work on creating something together. Imagine the dinner conversation that will follow when it's begun with, "We made this dinner!"