[Like great food? Then don’t miss a super giveaway for two readers after the jump]
Before I get to the many reasons why Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes is fabulous, allow me to digress for a moment. When former chef Anthony Bourdain wrote his breakout book Kitchen Confidential, he caught flack for calling out his kitchen brethren. I’m about to do something similar, and not just because I’ll do nearly anything to be in his company. See, family food bloggers are always promising healthy, easy, quick and delicious recipes. (Guilty as charged.) Some folks focus on truly healthy recipes, while others churn out quick weeknight meals. Many make mouthwatering sometimes-treats that are always a hit. But not many hit every one of those marks. Catherine McCord of Weelicious is really among the few.
A quick look through Weelicious.com, a must-visit resource for family cooks, shows Catherine’s commitment to healthy, fresh ingredients–all served up in her breezy, casual style. The Weelicious cookbook is no different. In fact, with 140 perfected recipes, simple notes on the value of buying organic and how to do it affordably, and lots of practical (non-judgmental) encouragement, it’s even better.
My favorite chapter is the one on snacks. With a toddler and a school-aged child, it often feels like it’s all snacks, all the time in my house. Here you’ll find some of Catherine’s tried and true creations like Apple Cinnamon Sticks (above) and also her healthy versions of classic snacks like Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding and Fruit Leather. Sound hard? The pudding calls for four (yup, four) ingredients and one painless step. The fruit leather requires little more than pureeing two ingredients and placing the puree in an oven.
Neither calls for granulated sugar, and the pudding contains mostly high-protein Greek-style yogurt. See what I mean about Catherine’s cooking actually being healthy, easy, quick and delicious?
The Weelicious cookbook also offers sections on breakfast, soup, sauces, dinner, sides, desserts and drinks. Basically, Catherine’s got you covered no matter what meal, no matter how old your kids are. Plus I really love that the cookbook is as warm, laid-back and fun as the woman who wrote it.
This is one must-own cookbook for every family cook. –Stacie
Update: Congratulations to Kate M & Steffanie J. They’re in for some delicious dinners with their new Weelicious cookbook.
EXTRA COOL: WIN IT! We have two copies of Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes to give away. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight PT tonight, Wednesday September 19th, with WEELICIOUS BOOK in the subject, check her website weelicious.com, and tell us which recipe gets you most excited. We’ll draw 2 winners at random, US only please. GOOD LUCK!
Stacie Billis is Managing Editor of Cool Mom Eats. She's known for her focus on nutrition and organics, her salad-loving sons, and her non-judgy approach to feeding kids that does not preclude Nutella.