My Three love to cook, so when they were sent a new cookbook to sample they couldn’t wait to get stuck into recreating two of the recipes featured inside.
Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows and Purples from DK (£9.99) features 25 vegetarian recipes that children can follow with the help of an adult, and older children can follow on their own. Recipes include soups, stir-frys, smoothies, muffins, and cupcakes.
The book is very colourful and engaging, it’s a fantastic tool to help teach children how to eat a healthy balanced diet. The easy to follow, illustrated step-by-step recipes guide children through creating each dish, and there’s also plenty of guidance for parents for when they can lend a helping hand.
The book is uniquely organised into colourful chapters, highlighting the different fruit and vegetables used in each recipe. In the ‘greens’ chapter you’ll find recipes using peas, spinach, and courgettes. The ‘reds’ include recipes with tomatoes, peppers, and cherries. The ‘purples’ sees the likes of aubergine, blueberry, raisins, whereas the yellows feature recipes that use sweetcorn, peppers, and lemons. The oranges complete the nutritional rainbow of ingredients and include recipes that use carrots, butternut squash, and pumpkin.
Children can learn about the amazing things that colourful fruit and vegetables can do and the vitamins and minerals they contain – discover how carrots help your vision and why peppers boost your immune system.
From the book, we decided to give the Green Smoothie and the Tomato and Onion Tarts recipes a try.
This recipe was very easy to create and super easy to follow and the boys really enjoyed it – and the best bit was that they didn’t know that there was spinach in there if I’d just put it on their plate there would have been no way they’d have eaten it.
Tomato and Onion Tarts
We found that the recipe was easy to follow and fun to make. It wasn’t time-consuming and we really had fun together (which I think is really important when it comes to cooking with the boys). I also liked that the ingredients were readily available and relatively cheap to buy – if you shop around you can find them cheaper in stores like Aldi and Lidl but it’s always worth a check to see if other stores have offers on products too.
This is definitely something we will make again and although the recipe is vegetarian it would be easy to make them with added meat like chicken, ham or bacon. We think our tarts turned out really great and they were delicious can you see from the two below which ones were made by us?