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Getting Kids to Eat Veggies
At the risk of sounding hokey, but in the interests of getting my kids
off to a healthy start, I'm trying to track down the following. Any and
all recommendations would be greatly appreciated:
1. great vegetable recipes the kids will enjoy
2. good vegetable cookbooks and/or websites with good recipes, esp for
3. the name of a local nutritionist with whom we could work as a family
to help us prepare delicious, healthy meals and who could help educate
us about making healthy food choices. Thanks so much, Deborah
Michele Vivas, at the Tang Center, is a clinical nutritionist and exercise
physiologist. She is very knowledgable, practical and funny! I highly
recommend her and her class, "Healthy Lifestyles," offered through Tang.
Deborah, I'd highly recommend the book Feeding the Whole Family: Whole
Foods Recipes for Babies, Young Children and Their Parents by Cynthia Lair.
The author is a nutrition counselor who has written articles ocassionally
for Mothering Magazine. The book mentions their website:
www.feedingfamily.com but i haven't checked it out. I couldn't find the
book around anywhere, but Diesel Bookstore on College Ave. in Oakland
ordered it for me and had it in less than a week. (please support local
bookstores instead of buying online!) It's a vegetarian cookbook that
includes sections on why feed your family whole foods, well balanced family
meals, why buy organic, and how to make changes. Recipes are divided into
the following sections: bustling breakfasts, lively luchboxes (this section
had indeed livened up our lunchbag/lunchtime repetoire), soothing soups,
substantial suppers, vital vegetables, fresh breads and muffins, sauces and
stuff, wholesome desserts and natural drinks and brews. There are also
sections on starting your baby on whole foods, attracting your children to
healthy eating and basic grain and bean cookery. you don't mention how old
your children are, but each recipe is followed by sections for babies 6
months and older and for babies 10 month and older. The idea is not to
cook separately for the babies, but to adapt what you are making for the
family. My partner, our 10 month old and I have loved everything we've
tried from this book. It's easy reading and the recipes are very
straightforward. Most of them don't take too much time. We've had to add
some staples to our pantry like umeboshi vingear, mirin and a few other
things. This book has made it easier for us to eat healthy, tasty meals.
buen provecho. Susan
the cookbook "vegetarian coking for everyone" by deborah madison is the best
cookbook i have--it is a vegetable primer with excellent, tasty recipes.
There is a good cookbook for infants and young children called "Mommy
Made and Daddy Too" by Kimmel and Kimmel. It offers lots of interesting
vegetarian recipes (although not a vegetarian cookbook). Happy cooking.
There are many vegetarian web sites which would be a good source of
vegetable recipes. Many restaurants with web sites put on some of
their recipes, so if there is a place you like to eat, check to see if
it has a web site. As for a good general cookbook with healthy,
kid-friendly recipes, try Jane Brody's Good Food book. Some web sites
you might try are:
Vegetarian Resource Guide
Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG)
Fatfree - Low Fat Vegetarian Recipe Archive
Center for Science in the Public Interest (not vegetarian; has a
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