Yummy Toddler Food: Dinnertime SOS; 100 Sanity-Saving Meals Parents and Kids of All Ages Will Actually Want To Eat

Rodale. Aug. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9780593578506. $28. COOKING
Palanjian’s latest (after Busy Little Hands: Food Play!) is designed to answer the question that every caregiver of young children has asked at some point: What do I feed the kids after a long day? Over 100 recipes that will appeal to a range of ages and palates are divided into eight categories, ranging from “Pasta,” “Sandwiches and Salads,” and “Bowls,” to “Skillet and Multicooker Meals.” Prep and cook times are generally short, and recipes are approachable. Palanjian, who runs the popular Yummy Toddler Food website and social media accounts, has created the rare recipe collection that fits the needs of working parents. This book is full of tips, tricks, and sanity-savers to help get dinner on the table every night. She is realistic about time constraints and toddler appetites and doesn’t stigmatize shortcuts or “assembly-only” dinners. Some recipes include notes on gluten-free or vegetarian modifications, adding protein, or making them more budget friendly where applicable, but there is no easy key for determining whether recipes align with any dietary restrictions. Notes on meal rotations, meal prep, family-style meals, and picky eating round out the volume.
VERDICT Perfect for parents of young children and library cookbook collections.
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