Fast food and poor-quality ready-to-eat meals are becoming a regular part of the average diet, but I don’t want that for my daughter or my family. I’ve made fast food a weekly, sometimes a lot more, venture to say the least. I didn’t put much thought into the foods that I was putting into my body, but now that I’m going to be a mom, I need to take better care of myself and my family. If I want my daughter to grow up healthy and strong, I need to include fresh, healthy foods in her diet. Cooking healthy foods for my family doesn’t need to be complicated or time-consuming. In Favorite Family Meals, bestselling children’s food author Annabel Karmel applies her signature fresh, creative cooking style to focus on the family and shows how you and your children can enjoy time spent in the kitchen preparing everyday dishes that are delicious, nutritious, and often just plain fun to make and eat!
Her collection of all-time favorite recipes has a key ingredient: child appeal. I’ve found inspiration for meals for all occasions, including burgers and chicken nuggets, low-fat dishes, nutritious lunch box fare, family suppers, and even adult dinner parties. The practical guidelines are designed to give families a “food makeover” by organizing a healthy pantry, refrigerator, and freezer, and by providing time-saving tips for making meal planning easier. Favorite Family Meals offers realistic ways to improve my whole family’s diet, as well as advice on promoting good nutrition to children, because it’s not good enough to prepare healthy food for kids — they have to want to eat it, too!
I’ve already begun the process of incorporating Annabel Karmel’s recipes into our daily eating plans. My husband and I love the Zucchini and Raisin Muffins that easily incorporate vegetables into our diets while providing a simple to make and deliciously tasting treat, and her Marinated Beef with Vegetables is a delicious, quick, and easy to prepare beef stir-fry that is quickly becoming a family favorite.
I never thought of myself as much of a home-maker. Cooking has always been a task for me and creating healthy meals has never been a goal of mine. As a stay-at-home mom and wife, my life has been changing little by little. It’s now satisfying to enjoy a lovingly prepared home-cooked meal with my husband, and knowing that we are eating fresh, healthy foods that will give us a longer, healthier life with our family is a great reward.
Annabel Karmel offers a long list of books that offer nutritious meals for children and families without the need to spend hours in the kitchen. She’s found a place on my bookshelf and her books will be well-used in my kitchen by myself, my husband, and hopefully my baby girl.
You can check out some of her online recipes and available recipe books at http://www.annabelkarmel.com/