One of the best ways to get your kid to try different foods is to get them involved in the kitchen. This is especially true for the 5 to 11 year olds who are beginning to wonder more deeply “what is it about the food that I don’t like”. It’s important to teach them that foods can be made into many different shapes, textures, and flavours. Here’s a list of some of my favourite cookbooks for kids.
But most of all, using a cookbook packed with kid-friendly meals will give you a starting point in the kitchen. There are tasks for all ages that kids can do. My two toddlers are becoming expert measurers and stirrers. While they are too young ar 2 years old to cut, they can still help with tasks like washing produce, gathering ingredients, or plating, although it will be messy ;). I also caught my 3 year old doing the dishes one day … that just might be a fluke, but I sure as heck will be encouraging more of that!
Most of all they just want to spend time with you. And since you have to cook, having them drop by to lend a hand can be fun.
From making dinners to packing lunches I’ve got you covered with the top 10 best cookbooks for kids. With Christmas just around the corner, add these to your Amazon wishlist.
Here’s my List of Favourite Cookbooks for Kids
MasterChef Junior is one of my favourite shows to watch. The talent these younglings have is unreal and inspiring. And while not all their recipes are dairy or gluten free, I love that they encourage kids to use real foods in their recipe creations!
While most packaged foods are loaded with things other than food, the author of It All Begins With Food is the founder of Love Child Organics, one of my favourite brands to grab healthy packaged snacks. The book is packed with simple and easy recipes kid of all ages can make with you.
This book is F-U-N to read! It has ton’s of clever ideas to get kids creative and really just play with their food. Have fun with their creations and explore! The recipes are simple and perfect as a starting point.
Kids between 2 and 7 years old are in the “magical thinking” cognitive stage of their development. It’s a time for fairies, dragons, and the boogie man. I don’t own this one yet, so I can’t speak about the recipes. From what I gather many have mentioned that the recipes are a bit more complex in flavours, but it’s on my list of one I’ll be buying soon just because it’s an amazing concept to get kids to have fun with food, explore and get outside their comfort zone.
It’s not that I think dairy and gluten are evil, but in all honesty, they are harder to digest. Plus we are overloaded with the amount of cheese that’s put in packaged foods to give the delicious mouthful and gluten as fillers. It’s a little too much for the body to have the same foods, especially ones that are a bit tougher on the system that often. This book is on my list simply because variety is important! We already know how to have dairy and wheat in our lives, so let’s learn how to cook with other just as tasty ingredients.
I love Katie’s blog Wellness Mama ad a collection of her recipes are just a must-have especially for the drain-free and dairy-free options.
Scratch that … adding one more book for making school snacks and lunches with the kiddos. Can never have enough inspiration on what to send to school.
This one might be for the kiddos around 7 years old, but its pure deliciousness!
And in case you are splurging on these as gifts to friends or keeping a copy for yourself, make sure you get Amazon Prime while you’re at it. I got my membership on prime day (because you do get a 30 day free trial to test it out). This was 3 years ago! Even my frugal husband is all for that next day or 2-day shipping at worst. We’ve been caught near the end of our diaper stash on more than one occasion and having Amazon Prime was a life saver.