Hip and Healthy Ways to Have Fun with Food
Bring Kookiness to the Kitchen
As any grandmom knows, kids learn through emulation – watching and imitating the actions of others. That’s why it’s a good thing to always strive to be a good example.
For me, I learned to cook by watching my mom and aunts who passed down many of the traditional Polish recipes that I learned to love as a child. I’ve since passed down those traditions to my own girls.
Recently I had the opportunity to review a new cookbook – Bean Appetit: Hip and Healthy Ways to Have Fun with Food (Andrews McMeel Publishing) which was recently featured on Martha Stewart Radio.
The authors, Shannon Payette Seip and Kelly Parthen are co-owners of Bean Sprouts Café and Cooking School. They offer cooking classes for toddlers and grade school children. The school lets the kids have fun with food while exploring new ingredients. The authors are also currently developing a kids’ cooking show.
Bean Sprouts, a hip and healthy kids’ cafe, opened to much anticipation near Madison, WI in 2007. Bean Sprouts has drawn great media attention for providing a place for families that is both healthy and fun. Under the guidance of a child nutritionist, Bean Sprouts built its menu with the help and enthusiasm of Gale Gand–renowned chef, author, and Food Network star, who believes in Bean Sprouts’ mission.
One of my favorite chapters in the book was the breakfast chapter. The meal that both of my grandkids, ‘Lil Moomette and Slugger, enjoy best is breakfast. Soon they’ll be spending their first overnight with my husband and I, so I paid particular attention to finding recipes that would start their day off right!
Pancakes is a favorite of both grandkids, and “Stick Stacks” incorporates yummy fruit and skewers in an eye-appealing manner.
A great rule of thumb when it comes to cooking with children is keep it simple silly. Foremost, most children have relatively short attention spans. While they want to learn and help mommy out, they also don’t want to have enough time to get bored with the details. Use simple recipes when cooking with children and your chances for success will be much greater than with overly complicated or ingredient intense recipes.
Bean Appetit would like you to help them taste-test some recipes. You can test online recipes for Bean-GO (a healthy twist on Bingo that gets kids to try to new tastes) found in the book. Feedback Form
Moomette’s Magnificents is hosting a Giveaway Contest! For a chance to win, there will be one (1) winner of the book, Bean Appetit.
Please include a way of contacting you. Should you be the contest winner, this information may be shared with the contest sponsor in order to send your prize.
Main Rule: (remember if this rule is not followed then no others will count)
a) Sign up for my free Newsletter Updates to my blog through my e-mail Feedblitz link (on the top of my right column or let me know if you already are, in a separate comment) AND
b) Visit Bean Sprouts and leave a comment about what you like best about their site and why you’d like to win this book.
This contest will run until March 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm. EST
For Additional Entries, check out my Contest Entry Rules.