Tuesday, July 13, 2010

YOU TAKEOVER TUESDAY: Get Your Cook On! {GIVEAWAY}

It's Tuesday which means you takeover.  Today's question comes from Sandra in Tallahassee, Florida.  She e-mailed:

Dear AFOMFT, I have twins (Jacob and Justine) who are around the same age as your girls.  They love to eat and will try almost anything but I feel like I'm in a rut with what I make for them.  I've never been a big cook but I like to make their meals.  Any suggestions for new recipes I can try that are healthy and taste good but are easy for me to make?

Sandra, I totally know where you're coming from with this post.  There was a stretch there when my girls had grilled cheese, chicken fingers, meatballs or pasta almost every day because I knew they loved those foods and they were easy for me to make.  But then I got Top 100 Finger Foods: 100 Recipes for a Healthy, Happy Child and it opened up a whole new world of fun menu options for Gabrielle and Alaina.


Written by children's food expert Annabel Karmel who you may have seen on the Today Show, Top 100 Finger Foods features recipes for tasty and healthy choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snack time.  From French Toast Fingers and Tuna Muffin Melts to Carrot and Cheese Muffins and Veggie Burgers, there's something that even the fussiest toddler will love. 

What I really like about the recipes in this book is that while they're "finger friendly" and easy for kids to eat, they're also really hearty and packed with flavor.  Annabel shows you just how easy it is to make delicious dishes like Chinese Glazed Chicken Wings and Minty Lamb Koftas that aren't only good for little ones, but are also so yummy that you may want to make another batch for you and your husband.  The Apple Parcels in particular are so delicious that I can't help but eat them myself and the girls are lucky if there any left for them at all.  And best of all is that the preparation time on most of the recipes is less than 15 minutes and many of them take less than 20 minutes to cook - perfect for busy parents.  The book also includes information on how to freeze large batches so you can just re-heat on busy days.

Sandra, I hope that Top 100 Finger Foods: 100 Recipes for a Healthy, Happy Child helps you find some new easy dishes that become family favorites.  Annabel Karmel has written lots of other great children's cookbooks you may want to check out too.  There's one for fussy eaters:


And another for meals on-the-go:


Food for those new to solids:


And for the entire family:


Want to give some of Annabel's recipes a try?  You're in luck because we've got a copy of Top 100 Finger Foods: 100 Recipes for a Healthy, Happy Child to give away to an AFOMFT reader!


To enter, post a comment here telling me what your child's favorite food is (this is mandatory).  For additional entries:
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Please leave a separate comment for each entry (two if you've blogged about the giveaway) and make sure to include a link to your tweet, blog post, etc. All entries must be posted on AFOMFT as a direct comment to this post.  Comments on Facebook will not count as entries.  This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada and ends July 10th at 11:59 pm EST. The winners will be selected by random.org and announced on AFOMFT on July 21st. If the winners don't contact AFOMFT within 48 hours, a new drawing will be held so be sure to check back to see if you've won!

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60 comments:

  1. My child loves meat. Any kind. I think he would only eat meat if I would let him! :)

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  2. Gracie loves chicken nuggets! Tate loves blackberries and blueberries. Benny loves squash ;)

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  3. I have your button!
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  4. My child's favorite food is grilled cheese and tomato soup!
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  5. I am a follower
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  6. I am so jealous of Lyndsay, whose child loves meat. sigh... My girls favorite thing to eat is fruit. Strawberries are probably the winner.

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  7. i follow on twitter and i retweeted

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  8. have the button here:

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  9. My daughter loves corn on the cob

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  10. They all love PIZZA and surprisingly they all agree on spicy black bean veggie burgers!

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  11. I voted for you on Top Baby Blogs!

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  12. I subscribe! This would be perfect, my soon to be one year old is definitely challenging me to find her new foods! ;)

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  13. i was about to leave your page and go straigt to amazon to look for that book! thank goodness i scrolled all the way down your post! my son loves everything, he'll eat just about anything you put infront of him rocks even! Right now his fave is veggie straws (the costco chips) and peanut butter jelly sandwhiches and green beans puree.

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  14. My daughter loves anything with tomato sauce on it and chicken (which she calls "chickem").

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  15. My kid's favorite food is pizza.

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  16. I voted for you on Top Baby Blogs.

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  17. My daughter loves eggs. For many months she wanted them hard boiled, then she switched to scrambled heart shaped, now she wants them over easy with crispy edges...seriously:) She says she wants to be a chef.
    nmkng0745@gmail.com

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  18. I'm a follower.
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  19. My babe's favorite food is "chocolate pan" or in grownup language...Nutella on toast.

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  20. My daughter's favorite food is a cucumber. There are these little gourmet cucumbers with thin skin at Costco that she'll devour like a candy bar.

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  21. My girls love cheese - we eat some kind of cheese with lunch and dinner almost everyday!

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  22. I voted from my other computer

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  23. what my kids eat changes from day to day. Bella does typically like meat and Jack typically will eat any type of fresh berries

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  24. I don't have any children, but when I was a kid I loved strawberries.

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  25. We love turkey dogs! Like you on FB!

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  26. I have five kids and I feel like I'm in a rut with the youngest as well ... would LOVE this book. Right now her favorite food is probably ice cream ... you can tell she's not my first! :)

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Thanks for the love!