If you have little people at home, there are some top tips for happy mealtimes over on my page called Little Appetites (see above).
Feeding a family can be stressful and for me, the trick is to stay calm and make the kitchen a fun place to be, rather than a battleground!
In the meantime, here are some of my favourite cookbooks for family mealtimes or ideas to get kids cooking –
For easy food you can make together I like The Silver Spoon for Children – Favourite Italian Recipes. I had a cook book just like this when I was little, with hand-drawn pictures for each stage and easy-to-make recipes. If children are going to have a go on their own (chopping, assembling etc) I would say it is suitable for kids ages 8+ but most of the recipes are simple and adaptable for kids of any age with help. It is a great book if you are not a confident cook yourself but want some tasty Italian recipes. You can even have a go at making your own pizza dough (as we did this week, I’ll be posting about that separately!) foccacia bread and if you are very brave, pasta! Aside from this, there are simple snacks that your kids can make, such as tomato and mozarella salad, sausage crostini and mini pizzaiolo toasts. Yum yum!
Our favourite cookbook for eating as a family is Fay’s Family Food. Fay gives tips on how to adapt the same meal for everyone in the family, babies and weaning stages included. See my review here – Ren’s Review Lots of the recipes are ‘bung in the oven’ style. We love her One Pot Chicken with Lemon and Thyme and Orange and Ginger Chicken Casserole.
I Can Cook is a great one for young kids. If you go over to the CBeebies website you can download pictures for the children to colour as well as activities and recipes. The accompanying book, whilst a bit cheesy (excuse the pun) is great for simple recipes.
If you haven’t cooked with your children before and are a bit nervous, you could also try looking for a local child/parent cookery class, some Children’s Centres offer Healthy Eating short courses and there are classes/franchises where kids get to make something simple with your help.
Please let me know if you have any tops tips or books you love in the comment box below!!