Whining and Dining: Mealtime Survival for Picky Eaters and the Families Who Love Them Paperback – Apr 17 2007
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About the Author
Emma Waverman is part of a food dynasty that started in the culinary mecca of Glasgow, Scotland. She is a food and lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in Toronto Life and Food & Drink, among others. She feeds her two boys, baby girl and husband in Toronto.
Eshun Mott began cooking up her own rubbery omelettes at the age of eight. She trained as a chef and worked in upscale restaurants and at Toronto’s famed Cookbook Store before becoming a professional recipe developer, tester and food stylist. She is also the full-time mother of two young sons.
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Simple, quick and delicious, these were a big hit with our testers. You just have to get the kids to try these once and it will be a side dish for life. And if not, more for you.
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 lb carrots, peeled and cut on an angle into 1-inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Melt butter in a small pot over medium heat. Add carrots and garlic; cover pot and turn down heat to medium-low. Cook, shaking pot occasionally, for 15 minutes or until carrots are tender and both carrots and garlic are slightly caramelized. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Makes 4 servings.
Maybe you think of meat loaf as an unhealthy meal from the ’50s. We think of it as an opportunity to hide nutritious food in a kid-friendly hamburger-type substance. There are oatmeal, carrots, parsnips and spinach in there, or you can choose to leave all the veggies out, or put one or two more in. If your kids are hamburger fans but the words meat loaf scare them, then you know what to do.
1 lb lean ground beef
1⁄2 lb ground pork
1 cup chopped onion
1⁄2 cup grated carrot or parsnip
1⁄2 cup chopped spinach
1⁄2 cup large-flake oatmeal (not instant)
3 tbsp milk
1⁄2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1⁄4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1⁄4 tsp hot pepper sauce
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tsp brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Combine beef, pork, onions, carrot or parsnip, spinach, oatmeal, milk, thyme and egg in a large bowl.
Mix together ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and hot pepper sauce in a small bowl. Reserve half the sauce. Pour the other half over the meat mixture and stir gently to combine ingredients. Season meat mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
Add brown sugar to reserved sauce. Pack meat into 5- x 9-inch loaf pan and smooth top.
Bake for 30 minutes then remove meat loaf from oven. Using a knife, make 3 slits in top. Pour remaining sauce over top so that it runs into slits.
Bake for another 30 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for an additional 5 minutes. Pour off any fat, then carefully remove meat loaf from pan and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Top Customer Reviews
On the plus side, the book is an easy read with good little mom tips on the sides.
"My daughter has not turned in one piece of homework this year. Not one. And I am fully supporting her delinquency. She is five. And I guess that means that she is heading for failure."
Not only this but the recipes within this book are simply terrible. If you want a book that will give you suggestions on how to help your kids eat healthier and enjoy it, look elsewhere. Your children will not want to eat this food.
I read Emma's blog - [...] which is about the trials and tribulations of being a mother - and I find her postings funny and refreshing.
Highly recommend this book.