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Real Food for Healthy Kids [Kindle Edition]

Tanya Wenman Steel , Tracey Seaman
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Parent-tested and kid-approved, a comprehensive, practical resource for wholesome, healthful meals children of all ages will eat—and love

In an era of McDiets, packed schedules, and stressful jobs, it's harder than ever to incorporate nutritious food into our children's daily lives. But you no longer have to rely on microwaved hot dogs and frozen pizza. In this essential cookbook, food—and parenting—experts Tracey Seaman and Tanya Wenman Steel offer help and hope, whether you're experienced in the kitchen or more inclined to head to the drive-through.

Real Food for Healthy Kids features more than 200 easy-to-make recipes for school days and weekends, including breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, and even parties. Each recipe has been taste-tested by children and analyzed by a nutritionist.

  • A power breakfast might feature Carrot Cake Oatmeal, Green Eggs-in-Ham Quiche Cups, or Hole-y Eggs!
  • Keep kids energized with a Real Food lunch, such as Hail Caesar, Jr. Salad, Turkey Pinwheels, or Egg Salad Double-Decker Sandwiches.
  • Seaman and Steel's snacks include Zucchini Tempura with Horseradish Dunk, Chewy Granola Bars, Happy Apple Toddies, and much more.
  • Serve a mouthwatering family dinner: Peachy Keen Chicken, Super Steak Fajitas, or Princess and the Pea Risotto.
  • Enjoy a scrumptious dessert: Cheery Cherry Plank, Brown Mouse, or Chocolate-Covered Strawberries.

Seaman and Steel have spent the last four years developing and testing recipes to create nourishing dishes that kids of all ages, from babies to grad students, and even finicky eaters, vegetarians, and kids with food sensitivities will enjoy. Whatever recipes you choose, this indispensable cookbook is sure to become the resource you turn to every day for years to come. Equal parts cookbook, nutrition guide, daily menus, party planner, and parenting guide, Real Food for Healthy Kids will get your kids engaged in eating, happily and healthfully for a lifetime.


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“With Real Food for Healthy Kids, a new cookbook by Tracey Seaman and Tanya Wenman Steel, wholesome meals may find their way onto the table on more regular basis.”

About the Author

Tanya Wenman Steel is editor in chief of the award-winning food website Epicurious.com. The winner of a prestigious James Beard Foundation Journalism Award, she is a regular guest on Today, has written extensively for the New York Times, and been an editor at Bon Appetit and Food & Wine magazines. She lives in New York with her husband and twin sons.

Tracey Seaman, a single mom of two adolescents, is test kitchen director of Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine and has been a food editor, stylist, and recipe developer, whose credits include Food & Wine, Gourmet, Vegetarian Times, Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Kids, and other national magazines and cookbooks. She lives with her family in New Jersey.



Tracey Seaman, a single mom of two adolescents, is test kitchen director of Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine and has been a food editor, stylist, and recipe developer, whose credits include Food & Wine, Gourmet, Vegetarian Times, Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Kids, and other national magazines and cookbooks. She lives with her family in New Jersey.

Tanya Wenman Steel is editor in chief of the award-winning food website Epicurious.com. The winner of a prestigious James Beard Foundation Journalism Award, she is a regular guest on Today, has written extensively for the New York Times, and been an editor at Bon Appetit and Food & Wine magazines. She lives in New York with her husband and twin sons.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1296 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001D23SUS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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147 of 150 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to explain...unimpressed September 6, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I ignored the few negative reviews for this recipe book, and bought it anyway...especially since it had so many glowing reviews. And the authors seemed exceptionally accomplished. But it isn't the recipe book for me.

Unfortunately, it's hard to describe exactly what's wrong with the book or exactly why I don't like it. No one thing is a killer, but, as a whole, I found the book disappointing. Here are some of my thoughts:

1. No pictures at all. None. Zip. And I just don't like recipe books that don't include photos.
2. The organization is kind of trying. The onion dip recipe is listed in the "snack attack" section. Sesame sauce is under "lunch," and Teriyaki Vinaigrette is under "dinner." It would have been easier for me if those had been listed as "sauces" or listed as part of a recipe for a full-blown dish.
3. You could find better versions of most of these recipes in adult cook books. I already have a recipe for Caesar salad, for example. And this book doesn't offer a new take on the salad at all, except to title it with a snazzy kid name: Hail Caesar, Jr.
4. The snazzy kid names are annoying to me, especially since they don't end up being very descriptive. "Squish Squash," for example, is just a simple mashed butternut squash. It's a fine name once you know what the dish is, but you have to read through the ingredients to figure out what the dish is going to be like. With more complicated recipes that is a bit of a task because, as I mentioned before...no photos.
5. They spend a lot of time on drink and dessert recipes.
6. They spend very little time on side dishes or vegetables, and most of the vegetable sides they offer are either potato heavy or extremely basic, such as roasted asparagus, which is...(wait for it)...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Spinach in the Brownies September 3, 2008
Format:Hardcover
"Real Food" is a rare example of a book related to child-rearing that manages to be warm and personal without being ingratiating or dishonest. You won't find any spinach hiding in the brownies here -- just delicious recipes that that will encourage your kids to enjoy authentic, healthy food. I highly recommend it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok if your kid isn't picky September 10, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My four year old is a super-taster, super-gagger (and no, it's not me: my son eats everything!). I was looking for a cookbook to broaden her horizons. This looked good on line, but contains recipes like deviled eggs with wasabi in! Wasabi??? Ok if your kid already eats everything, but for most kids these recipes will be a stretch.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and delicious August 19, 2008
By Jules
Format:Hardcover
My kids and I love this cookbook. the recipes are delicious and easy to make. Kids do NOT need to only eat pasta and PB & J's. if you expose them to healthy flavorful foods early on they'll have a sophisticated pallet for life. My mother always cooked us whatever she liked and we loved it too. the recipes in this book are good for everyone in the family. This way everyone can eat together - as they should!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a cookbook I actually use March 31, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I like to bake, and I own lots of cookbooks I like to read yet from which I have never made a recipe. This one I checked out at the library and then put on my Christmas list because I knew it was a keeper. I've already made the "peanut butter blondies" a couple of times, and tonight I made the "ba ba banana bread." I like the practical and friendly voice of the authors--a couple of moms talking to other moms like me, sharing what they know and love about making healthy, easy-to-prepare food for their families (and themselves). I would actually recommend this book to anyone who's interested in eating healthy, tasty food that doesn't take hours to make. I also appreciate that the book includes nutritional information, an omission in too many cookbooks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kids Book I Have Found So Far! June 21, 2010
By VWZ
Format:Hardcover
So I got several new books because I was tired of the same old, same old with my kids. I have 4 kids. They range from extremely picky to will eat anything. The only thing they have in common is the fact that our diet has been filled with processed and saturated foods. And I just didnt want that anymore.
So I got several books. This is the only one I liked. For several reasons.
1. The other books said that they are healthy or that they are by nutritionists. However, I found that most of the ones that said they were healthy, were filled with condensed soups, cheese, butter, milk and white flour items. Which to me, are not healthy in I diet.
2. This book also had what we are looking for in a variety of breakfast, lunch and snack foods. Those have been the areas that we have been having problems finding new ideas.
3. The recipes are simple. They dont take tons of ingredients that you cant find at a normal store. And they dont cost a ton.

There are several reviews about the simplicity of the recipes, or that there are no pictures. To me, I dont need pictures, I would rather have more recipes than pictures. And I love the simplicity of the recipes becuase I find that overly complicated recipes with too many ingredients take too long, and my kids dont normally like them.

All in all, I love this book. It is healthy, simple and great for kids. And I should also mention that when I went through the book with my kids, they were very excited to make the foods themselves and eat them. Even my picky eater! I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for simpler, healthy, non-processed foods.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for Everyone
This cookbook is a great compilation of all kinds of recipes. It's important for kids to learn to live and eat well, the key being moderation. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Louise T.
3.0 out of 5 stars Real food, but some bad info
My main complaint, she instructs us to give our kids low fat products and limit butter. This is horriblly misunderstood. Read more
Published on May 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars real FAT food for real FAT kids
Oh dear, what type of a meal has over 30 and 40 grams of fat per serving, and calls itself healthy? Just save some time and money and opt for McDonalds if this is the case. Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by Mommy
4.0 out of 5 stars Nutritious Recipes
This cookbook will help you make a healthier lifestyle when trying some of their nutritious recipes. Read more
Published on January 5, 2012 by Debbie Madson
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!
I don't cook and needed some help to start cooking for my 2 year old so I bought 6 books at once, reading a lot of reviews about them. Read more
Published on July 8, 2011 by PG
4.0 out of 5 stars still experimenting
I asked my daughter (6 years old) to help choose a good kids cookbook and she really liked the cover of this one. Read more
Published on October 28, 2009 by vagabond phoenix
5.0 out of 5 stars Use it almost every day
We saw this cookbook reviewed in our local newspaper. I checked it out from the library to see if my family would like it. I had such success with it that I bought it. Read more
Published on October 1, 2009 by Polly Henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for new mothers
"Real Food for Healthy Kids...."is an excellent book for new mothers trying to teach their children how to eat. Read more
Published on September 27, 2009 by J. Gustavson
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
I was very disappointed in this book. A lot of the recipes are high in calories and fat and not at all what I would consider healthy. Read more
Published on January 18, 2009 by Illini Fan
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