I’m always looking for ways to make eating fun for my daughter. Sometimes I have to hide veggies into food, but I’m more in love with the idea of making food fun, visible and tasty. Bean Appetit: Hip and Healthy Ways to Have Fun With Food, by Shannon Payette Seip, Kelly Parthen, and Carisa Dixon is a captivating cookbook for children. Its goal is to get kids excited about healthy eating.
What I love is that Bean Appetit isn’t JUST a cookbook, but they have fun games for your entire family (check out their bean-go game online), table talk conversation topics, tips on recycling, fun food facts, table manner tips and ideas on how your child can help assist you in each recipe so that they’re involved. This book is seriously amazing and if all that wasn’t enough, they come up with healthy recipes that looks fun to eat! Their chapter cover breakfast, snacks, going to the market, outdoor eating, food art, cooking-themed birthday party, winter food, summer food, international food, tea party, and book-themed food. Crazy, right?
This book is a staple that every parent should keep in their kitchen. It’s even gotten my picky eater to try new things, which doesn’t happen very often. It’s amazing how just involving your child in the cooking process, you’ll find them sneaking a lick of the ingredients when they think you aren’t looking. I promise you that the recipes and tips you find in this cookbook are like nothing you’ll find in any other books out there. Head over to Bean Sprouts site here and add this book to your cart! Here’s a sampler recipe from their cookbook for you to try out!
- 1 medium tomato, cut in half
- 6 tablespoons bread crumbs
- 5 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
- Pinch of garlic powder
- 2 slices black olive
- 4 ounces spaghetti, cooked
- 2 basil leaves
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Ready to scoop? Use your spoon to dig out the goopy center of each tomato half.
In a mixing bowl, combine bread crumbs, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, and garlic powder. How does it smell? Give it a whiff! Fill holes in tomato halves with garlicky mixture. Top tomato halves with the rest of the Parmesan.
Use a butter knife to cut olive slices in half. Place 2 slices on top of each tomato half for eyes. Place tomato halves on a baking sheet.
Mama Mato now needs a great hairstyle! Place cooked pasta on baking sheet in whatever style you’d like — curlicues, long and straight, or short and sassy. (You’ll put the hair on her head after it comes out of the oven.) Kiss the tips of your fingers and say, “Ciao, Mama Mato!” before putting the pan in the oven.
Bake Mama Mato 8 to 12 minutes. While it’s baking, see if you can style your hair like Mama Mato’s.
Transfer tomato halves to a plate to cool for a few minutes. Tear top of each basil leaf off and place it under the eyes for a smile. Now add spaghetti hair to tomato top to create a super style.
One lucky winner will win their own copy of Bean Appetit: Hip and Healthy Ways to Have Fun with Food! Simply leave a comment below telling us why this cookbook would benefit your family.
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Contest ends March 5, 2011 at Midnight PST. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and emailed.
Special thanks to Bean Sprouts for providing a sample for review purposes.