I got my first cookbook for Christmas the year I turned eight years old. It was a book made just for children learning to cook and made every dish look like fun. I am sure my grandmother, who gave me the book, had no idea the adventures that would come to my life because of that gift. Today’s review is for a new cookbook for children: Kids Cooking Made Easy: Favorite Triple-Tested Recipes
by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, authors of the “made easy” series of cookbooks.
Not only is this a great first cookbook for kids learning their way around the kitchen, but it also would be a pretty good source of healthy recipes for picky eaters. The list of fun foods includes: Spinach Quesadillas, Pizza Soup, Honey BBQ Chicken Nuggets, Ramen Deli Salad, Zucchini Spaghetti and Sour Gummy Rugelach. The recipes are all Kosher which means some are dairy free. I noticed that a few others are gluten free, too.In the introduction of the book, the authors talk about how they came up with the ideas for the book. They sat on their front porch with a pen and pad of paper and announced, “Come here and tell us what you like to eat!” The neighborhood kids were full of ideas; foods they love to eat, what they like to buy and what they wish they could make themselves. I think the authors listened very well. Even the salad and vegetable recipes are geared toward kids with additions of dips, fruit, and mild seasonings. The desserts incorporate ice cream, chocolate, rice crispies and candy.
There are big, bright photos with every recipe. Included in the recipes is also a “cooking school” box that teaches an easy technique or gives a tidbit of information. The first chapter explains rudimentary cooking information like measuring, terms like mincing and chopping, setting the table, and basics like “mise en place,” reading recipe instructions all the way through before starting and my personal favorite, “Clean up so mom will let you cook again!”
I marked many recipes to cook for and with my family. Today, I am sharing the Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. They were devoured within a day and they were super simple to make. For those allergic to peanuts, substitute sunflower or cookie butter. For those on a gluten free diet, make sure to use gluten free oats and rice krispies and also substitute rice or sorghum flour for the whole wheat. Trade out the chocolate chips for dried fruit or other fun items.
- 2 cups quick oats
- 2 Tbsp oil
- ⅓ cup honey
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup rice crispy cereal
- ¼ cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, toss the oats and oil.
- Spread the oats on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool slightly.
- In a microwave safe glass bowl, melt honey and peanut butter for 30 seconds.
- Back in that first large bowl, combine oats, rice crispy cereal, flour and peanut butter mixture.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Press mixture into the bottom of a 9X5 loaf pan.
- Refrigerate until cooled.
- Remove from pan and cut into 12 bars on a cutting board.
- Wrap each individually or store together in an air tight container.
note: I received this cookbook free from the publisher, but all opinions are my own.