One of the best ways to encourage fussy eaters to become a bit more adventurous is to get them involved in the preparation of meals so we were thrilled to be sent a copy of Little Dish, The Family Cookbook: 101 family-friendly recipes to make and enjoy with your kids by Hillary Graves, which offers a really brilliant way to get started.
Best known for its healthy ready-made children’s meals (available from Tesco, Waitrose and others), Little Dish has become a bit of a life-saver for busy mums who don’t always have time to slave over a hot stove in time for tea. For those moments when there is the time though, The Family Cookbook is an essential addition to the kitchen bookshelf, paving the way for lovely afternoons spent cooking with your little one.
There are some excellent, approachable and easy to follow recipes here – chicken pie, homemade sausage patties, homemade fish fingers, salmon ‘burgers’, smoothies, low-sugar granola – all things that the whole family will enjoy.
The best bit is the way the book actively encourages little helpers: each recipe features a ‘little chef’ icon detailing how he or she can help in the cooking process by sprinkling, mixing, drizzling, separating, shaping, layering, spooning and so forth, and we love the little chef’s skills chart that groups kids’ cooking skills into three stages while mapping their progress.
All in all, this is a real winner, and Little Dish has once again succeeded in making our life (in the kitchen anyway) a bit easier, a bit healthier, and a lot more fun.
Little Dish, The Family Cookbook: 101 family-friendly recipes to make and enjoy with your kids by Hillary Graves (£14.99) is available from amazon.co.uk