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The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet: Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with More Than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal Ideas (Best on the Planet) Paperback – Illustrated, July 15, 2014
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"If you want to be sure to avoid a lunchbox rut, then this book is all the inspiration you'll need. I can't believe how creative Laura is with these recipes and ideas!" - Lisa Leake, author of 100 Days of Real Food
About the Author
Laura Fuentes is the founder and CEO of MOMables.com, where she helps thousands of parents every day make meals and snacks their kids will love. She is the author of The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet, The Best Homemade Kids' Snacks on the Planet, The Best Grain-Free Family Meals on the Planet, and The Taco Tuesday Cookbook.
Laura is a speaker, recipe developer, and lover of all things mom. She partners with major real food brands to promote healthy school lunches, reduce childhood obesity, and teach healthy family eating. On her personal blog, Laura writes about motherhood, good family food, managing deadlines, and keeping her cool, even when her kids super-glued her hair. Visit her at LauraFuentes.com and momables.com.
- Item Weight : 1.79 pounds
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1592336086
- ISBN-13 : 978-1592336081
- Dimensions : 7.63 x 0.75 x 9.38 inches
- Publisher : Fair Winds Press; Illustrated edition (July 15, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #127,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In most cookbooks or collections of meal ideas, I'm lucky if I like 10% of the recipes. I don't branch off the norm too well myself, but much more open than these two kids. I would estimate that I find a good 75% or more recipes in this book that I would like, and I think these two kids would like many of them as well. There are several recipes for breakfast on the go, cold lunches, hot lunches, leftovers lunches, smoothies, and snacks on the go. There is a good variety of ingredients. Several also have notes for prep, serving suggestions, and ingredient substitutions. The recipes are excellent for those who want to use all organic ingredients, and for those like me who have very limited options in the area where I live. There are also recipes to make a healthier, homemade version of the processed stuff, such as chocolate syrup. A few weekly meal plans are included at the end to use as an example. And one of the things I absolutely love is the chart at the end. It lists all of the recipes, has blank stars to rate how well you like it, a box to indicate any notes regarding the recipe (such as ingredient substitutions, who likes the recipe, etc.) and a place to mark if you wish to make this recipe again. There is also a section at the beginning on ideas for packing lunches. The format is very easy to read. The recipes are well spread out, some photos of recipes are included, and the book overall is very visually appealing.
Laura herself was also very helpful. I know very little about how flours react in a recipe, other than your basic white flour. One recipe that I really want to try called for almond flour. I know nothing about it's texture or how it performs, but I have a child with a tree nut allergy and know that I can't use it. I emailed her through her blog and she was able to answer my question on a substitution.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone needing some help with variety in school lunches. There are plenty of recipes here that can help in pretty much any situation. The recipes are fairly simple. And the recipes are not just for kids. I'm looking forward to making many of them for me to take to work.
Sidenote: even my wife and I found ourselves indulging our own bellies with these delicious "kids" recipes, what can I say haha.
Now the book doesn't have a picture for every single recipe which I myself find it not of high importance, as to where most parents complain about not having enough pictures to show their kids if they would like to try it (shouldn't be a problem if you know what your kids like and dislike).
Instructions and ingredients are clear and straight to the punch, you will not regret purchasing this book, and it also makes a great gift for new and even experienced parents.
Hats off to the chef 👏
I noticed so many comments stated that majority of the recipes were full of sugar and sweeteners. Now you don't necessarily need to add sweets to every dish and plus there are plenty of organic and healthy alternatives for sweeteners and sugar.
For instance instead of regular sugar I purchase coconut sugar which is available in Walmart; and for sweeteners or recipes with honey I prefer using raw blue agave sweetener, but here's the thing about blue agave, it has about 60 calories per tablespoon, compared to table sugar which has 40 calories per tablespoon. So to save on calories, you'd need to use less, which is absolutely possible, since agave is sweeter. So you wouldn't need to use much of it since it's naturally much sweeter in taste than traditional sugar. For instance my wife used to drink her tea out of a big mug with 2.5 tablespoons of regular sugar, which was about an additional 100 calories, since we switched to agave she only needs one tablespoon and it still tasted as sweet and 40 calories less.
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That said,I have used several ideas from the book for lunch & dinner which have all been greeted with enthusiasm & clean plates.........can't get better than that!
My personal dislike, that not every recipe has a photo. In my case it was a crucial requirement for the book because I planned to show the photos to my kids, to explain them the ingredients so that I could minimize the waste while I'm going to experiment in the kitchen.
There are enough recipes containing peanut butter, which can be replaced with sunflower seeds butter.
The book had some useful tips how to choose equipment for lunch, like for example, it has to be easy for your kid to open jars and lids, etc.
There are some great tips what to do with leftovers, how to store food, how to plan meals.