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The Little Dish Family Cookbook: Review

Posted October 24, 2015 by Bethanie Lunn

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I was sent a copy of the recently released family-friendly cookbook, Little Dish: Proper Food for Kids and found it one of the easiest and most realistic cookbooks to use.  Unlike many family cookbooks, it is packed full of healthy, well planned and most importantly, EASY meal ideas.

The kids can get involved with it all too.  There’s a skills chart so budding little cooks can progress through three levels. The proposed actions and skills grow as their confidence, curiosity and knowledge does:

  • Getting Started, with skills such as stirring, pouring and topping pizzas
  • Handy Helper, using actions such as drizzling honey and cracking eggs
  • Little Chef, from weighing out ingredients to making foil parcels (to cook fish)

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Upon completing each level, Little Dish ask you to email a photo of your child demonstrating one of the skills so they can send them a prize.  For the first level it is a certificate, the second a medal and for the third, a Chef’s apron.  Cute!  There are even corresponding prompts on each page per recipe, reminding you of the specific skill your kids can help with during.

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Divided into four main sections for food ideas throughout the day, you’ll find recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Supper, Savoury Snacks and Puddings and Treats – because everyone should have a little treat.  As expected however, healthy alternatives are always recommended, such as spelt flour instead of white or using foods such as bananas as natural sweeteners.

The Eating the Rainbow double page spread teaches the family about the importance of eating fruit and veg in different colour and what vitamins and nutritional benefits they have.

The book is written by Little Dish Founder, Hillary Graves.  I’ve been giving Frankie Little Dish meals for half a year now, ever since discovering them.  The meals are well balanced, no added sugar, additives or preservatives and are 100% natural.  They are ready-prepared and easy to reheat.  What’s not to love?  The book shares these principles in all it’s 101 delicious and simple recipes.

Some of Our Favourites

Bicher Muesli

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Ingredients

  • 100g rolled oats
  • 100g plain, natural yoghurt
  • 1ooml full-fat or semi-skim milk (or you can substitute almond milk or cashew milk using the recipes in the book)
  • 75g mixed berries, lightly crushed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 50g mixed seeds

Method

In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, yoghurt, milk, berries and honey.  Divide amongst four little jam jars or ramekins and sprinkle over the seeds if using.  Place in the fridge and chill overnight.

That’s it!

Frankie loved getting involved in this one (and trying it as we went along)!

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We also love making the pancakes and apple compote as we have an apple tree in our garden.  It’s a great way to use those, not to mention being absolutely delicious.  I spread it on toast and atop my cereal also. The pancake recipe and method are failsafe to ensure the result is those dreamy, fluffy ones I usually order in cafe’s (but now we can get them at home too).  Both are incredibly easy and quick to make and you can store batches of both in the freezer if you need to.

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The lamb burgers, chicken quesadillas and peanut butter squares are also big hitters with us all but I’m working my way through the entire book each week.  Stay tuned on Instagram for our progress and let me know if you try it out too. x

The Little Dish Cookbook is available from Amazon, Waterstones and all good supermarkets.  Priced at £14.99 (RRP).

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