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1. Homemade Nutella
Of all of the processed foods in our pantry, Nutella was the hardest to get rid of. That chocolate spread had us hooked. So I set out on a mission to remake Nutella. Instead of a laundry list of unpronounceable ingredients, this simple recipe is made with toasted hazelnuts, dark chocolate, and salt – serious yumminess. I can safely say we’re never going back.
2. Whole Wheat Crepes
Crepes are an easy and fun way to cook with your kids! My kids love them hot off the pan, but they can easily be made ahead to save time on busy mornings. This recipe also makes it easy to shift to whole-grain flour. With Homemade Nutella or Warm Cinnamon Apples tucked inside and a touch of real maple syrup, you’ll never miss the refined flour.
3. Brussels Sprouts Chips
How do you get your kids begging for Brussels sprouts? Brussels Sprouts Chips! My daughter Catherine’s love of the crispy, almost burnt leaves of Roasted Brussels Sprouts was our inspiration for Brussels Sprouts Chips—a riff on Kale Chips. They’re like potato chips, only 500 times better. I promise, you won’t regret adding this recipe to your rotation.
4. Kale and Bacon Risotto
Kale may be packed with nutrition benefits, but just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean your kids will eat it. Actually, new research shows that kids are less likely to eat a food if you say it’s healthy. So don’t say the “H” word. Instead, focus on flavor! Talk about how great the food tastes. When it comes to delicious flavor, a savory combination of kale and bacon rocks the charts every time. Work those fantastic flavors into a crowd-pleasing risotto, and you’ve got a one-pot dinner that delivers, with very little effort!
5. Quinoa Crumble Cakes
Quinoa Crumble Cakes are so delicious and easy, you’ll never buy another veggie burger in a box. Made with rainbow quinoa, and packed with veggies, this recipe is great fun to cook together and makes for a simple and fun meatless meal. My kids love mixing the ingredients and forming the cakes with their hands, just like play clay.
6. Easy Roasted Chicken
A simple roasted chicken is my go-to main dish on busy weeknights. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll find it’s easier than you think to make roast chicken at home, and the taste is so much better than the dry rotisserie chickens sitting on the shelf at your local grocery store. Those may be convenient, but they definitely don’t win on flavor. I always save some extras to work into meals throughout the week.
7. Dragon Boats
Getting my daughter Catherine to eat salad is a major challenge. But when lettuce leaves transform into “boats” filled with treasure, it’s a whole new game. The delicious combination of roasted chicken, mushrooms, and peanut sauce simply can’t be beat. In addition to being a super easy dinner, Dragon Boats are great packed in a lunchbox.
8. Savory or Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Roasting pumpkin seeds is a fun family cooking project and a great way to show your kids how to enjoy the whole plant. Plus, a big batch of freshly roasted pumpkin seeds makes an easy Halloween treat or lunchbox snack. My kids love to eat ‘em hot off the pan!
9. Rosemary Roasted Pistachios
One of our favorite after school snacks is so simple to make and delicious to eat that you’ll find it regularly appearing on the menu: Rosemary Roasted Pistachios. Mixing the nuts with fresh rosemary, and warming them slightly in the oven, brings out a cozy aroma that’s like a big hug. Perfect for cool fall afternoons.
Praise for The 52 New Foods Challenge
“The 52 New Foods Challenge is quickly becoming THE resource guide for inspiring my kids to eat the full spectrum of foods.”
– Melissa Lanz, author of The Fresh 20 Cookbook and CEO of The Fresh 20
“A year from reading this book, the fact that your family is eating healthier will be a symptom of something far deeper. The food will have been a delicious prop, an opportunity to think and communicate differently. That’s what makes Jennifer Tyler Lee’s book so valuable. If it helps, think of The 52 New Foods Challenge as a delicious blend of Dr Spock and The Joy of Cooking for 21st century foodie parents. But it’s much more than that”
– Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved
“Invites kids of all ages into the kitchen to cook, and gives them exactly what they need to get excited about kale, salmon, and quinoa instead of pasta, pizza and other “kid food.” Jennifer Tyler Lee has planted the seeds of comfort and confidence in the child’s kitchen.”
– Jesse Cool, author of Simply Organic
Praise for Jennifer Tyler Lee
“Fun? Simple? Rewards dinner conversation, good manners and setting the table? Encourages even the most reticent child—or adult!—to eat their veggies? Supports non-profits dedicated to combating the childhood obesity epidemic? You can see why we love this.”
– Laurie David’s The Family Dinner
“A simple, fun and playful way to get kids to eat healthy and try new foods.”
– Rachael Ray’s Yum-O!
“A mom and genius game creator helping kids eat fresh food!”
– Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution