I've noticed a lot of parents using the Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook, so much so that I decided we needed to give it a try. Do you have this cookbook in your collection? It was only released last year so perhaps it's new to you?
The Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook: Healthy, Kid-Friendly Recipes to Cook Together has 40 healthy mealtime (dinner or lunch), snack and dessert recipes. It also has:
- a good range of healthy and easy to find ingredients.
- good, clear, attractive photographs including a photo for each recipe.
- easy to follow instructions.
- instructions that are colour coded so you know what steps are for the child and what steps are for the adult!
- recipes that are graded 1-3 - 1 for beginners, 2 for intermediate and 3 for older toddlers/with greater difficulty.
- good tips and information on cooking with toddlers.
- a place next to each recipe for you to write your own notes and to rate the recipe!
Today we made the Green Eggs and Ham Cups. Otto (2yrs) is still learning how to crack eggs!
A quick whisk.
We know that cooking is about so much more than the end product. It should be called process cooking. Here Otto is admiring the texture of the egg.
Filling the food processor.
Otto oiled the muffin trays, placed the ham in the trays and is now pouring the egg and spinach mixture over the ham.
He doesn't pour them evenly but each cup gets a little. He was really enjoying this!!
Then sprinkle some cheese on top. Perhaps Otto's favourite part. Again it's not even...
but they taste awesome. This is an easy recipe that turns out well even if it is toddler made!
Above you can see a page from another recipe. I love how there is space for your to record your baking notes!
There is nothing that makes me think this is specifically a 'toddler' cookbook, it is as useful for preschoolers and even primary or elementary age children. The recipes are simple but for all of them the toddler will need some assistance. This is very much a 'cook together' book. Although the recipes don't feel new they are all super simple with only a few steps and ingredients and each time I reach for it I find the inspiration I need to cook with my toddler. With 40 recipes the book feels substantial and it is every easy to use and follow even mid-way through cooking with a busy two year old! Most of all the recipes are really fun, this is a great cookbook to use with children.
Overall I recommend Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook: Healthy, Kid-Friendly Recipes to Cook Together but for children of all ages. If you have a toddler I also recommend The Tickle Fingers Toddler Cookbook: Hands-on Fun in the Kitchen for 1 to 4s.
Let me know if you have this cookbook or if there are others that you find useful! Otis (8yrs) has a new cookbook too that I hope to share soon!
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