Looking to avoid preparing two separate meals, one for adults and one for children, when cooking dinner each night? Annabel Karmel’s latest cookbook, Annabel Karmel’s Complete Family Meal Planner (Ebury Press, 2009) offers a range of meal ideas that will appeal to family members of all ages.
Annabel Karmel’s Complete Family Meal Planner
Featuring more than 150 recipes, Annabel Karmel’s Complete Family Meal Planner offers families a selection of snacks, meals, desserts and sweets. Recipes aim to appeal to both children and adults, eliminating the need to prepare separate meals for parents and children at mealtimes.
The recipes included cover breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks as well as meals suitable for both casual family meals and entertaining friends. Dishes include vegetarian meals and snacks, low-fat recipes and school lunchbox ideas.
An information section provides information on offering children balanced, nutritious meals, organising and stocking a pantry and general tips on planning meals. Despite the title of the cookbook, there is no meal or menu plan included.
Recipes that Kids can Cook
One of the appealing aspects of this recipe collection is the potential for letting children help in the kitchen. In addition, several recipes can adjusted to allow children to help with garnishing meals to add an element of fun to their meals, such as the Spotted Snake Pizza, and Teddy Bear Chicken Rissoles.
Most recipes are bright and colourful in their presentation with an appealing combination of tastes and textures to suit both younger and more mature palates. Despite targeting children, the meals are not bland and most can easily be adapted to suit more adventurous taste preferences with additional spices and seasonings.
Savoury recipes include:
- Penne with chicken, tomato and basil
- Cannelloni with mushrooms and ricotta
- Teriyaki glazed trout fillets
- Thai-style chicken soup
Sweets, snacks and desserts recipes include:
- Apple and carrot breakfast muffins
- Homemade muesli
- Caramelised almond ice-cream
- Dark and white chocolate brownies
- Apple and Blackberry pudding
There are also instructions for a no-bake steam train birthday cake.
Annabel Karmel Family Cookbooks
Annabel Karmel has written 18 books, including the million copy selling New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner (Ebury Press, 2008). Her publications include the Fussy-Eaters Recipe Book (Ebury Press, 2007), the After School Meal Planner (Ebury Press, 2006) and the Annabel Karmel Family Cookbook magazine. Books such as the Mummy and Me Cookbook (Dorling Kindersley, 2008) are specifically tailored to teaching children to cook.
Annabel has developed her own range of food for supermarkets, equipment for mkaing baby food and children’s cooking sets. She was awarded and MBE for services to child nutrition in 2006. The Annabel Karmel website offers additional recipes, cooking tips, recipes for children to make and information on the range of Annabel Karmel products and publications.
A Selection of Tasty, Nutritious Meals for Children and Adults
With a combination of easy to prepare recipes and dishes that will appeal to a range of taste preferences, Annabel Karmel’s Complete Family Meal Planner offers a range of recipes that are ideal for including in a menu plan that will suit all members of the family.
From quick breakfast ideas to salad dressings, satay chicken skewers to raspberry ripple cheesecake, there are recipes suitable for everyday family meals and special occasions sure to not only tempt children to try new meals but also to get involved in preparing meals as well.
Annabel Karmel’s Complete Family Meal Planner (ISBN: 978-0-09-193219-0, 191 pages)