“I’m not eating that!” The dreaded words no parent wants to hear after lovingly cooking a dinner. But it does happen in this house, as I’m sure it does on occasion in yours too? It’s so easy to become stuck in a rut of offering the same, guaranteed to be accepted, meals on repeat isn’t it? Especially when you are busy trying to fit everything else in. I have been aware that I am doing it for a while now, so when I got my hands on an advanced copy of award winning food blogger Emily Leary’s Get You Kids To Eat Anything I was really intrigued.
Get Your Kids to Eat Anything is a five stage programme designed to change the way the whole family thinks about food. Yes parents too! So if you are stuck in a rut of eating the same meals on repeat and not being very adventurous with flavour and texture combinations, then this book will be good for you too.
I really had no idea where to start to make changes. But the book very much holds your hand and guides you through each stage. Phase one starts with changing just even one thing in a current favourite meal, like a flavour or a texture. We are still very much in phase one with Ava who rather than just being a picky eater, has food aversions. However this book has really helped me approach it differently and I’m sure with time and patience she will progress through the phases like the rest of us have too.
The recipes in the book cover everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts to snacks, treats and meals to share from the table together. Each recipe also has tips on ways to vary it in the future and how to make it last longer. With a few tweaks the recipes could suit those with allergies.
Throughout the book I’ve liked that the ideas can fit easily into busy family life and how each recipe is explained simply. As someone who doesn’t think of myself as a great cook, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how many different things I have made. Each recipe takes between 10-30 minus and you also don’t need extravagant hard to find ingredients. The meal plans and space to reflect on recipes has really helped me along the process too.
One of our favourite recipes from the book is the Savoury Lunchbox Muffins.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of the above book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.