I have not cooked much this summer, but when we came home from the beach, I was motivated! I found the website Weelicious soon after my first baby started eating solids. Blogger Catherine McCord wrote a cookbook based on her recipes and I rented the Weelicious cookbook from the library and worked through it over the past week. Below are my top recipes and thoughts on the cookbook!
The cookbook has a great introduction! It will make you want to get your kids to cook with you, shop with you, and be very involved in the food preparation process. I love to have my kids help out – but it definitely adds time and requires extra patience as well. Sometimes it works and they actually want to eat the food they helped cook and other times it doesn’t. Do your kids help you cook and food shop with you?
The cookbook is organized into Part 1: Getting Started which is very thorough and includes getting your kids on the right track from the start, and Part 2: Recipes. The recipe section is organized into baby purees, breakfast, soup, dips, sauces & salsas, snacks, dinner, sides, desserts and drinks. I love that it includes some baby purees. There are bright pictures to accompany many recipes. I think for the cover, I would prefer to see food, not people. I feel the same throughout the book. I would rather see how a recipe looks instead of seeing the author picking fruit from a tree. Being able to see the finished product helps me decide whether I should make the recipe or not! There are many quick easy pleasers in this cookbook. I would like to see more plant-based dinners – I didn’t find a dinner that I wanted to make. Overall, there are great recipes and this book would be great to own.
Now for my favorite recipes. Photo credits from weelicious website.
Breakfast Quesadillas, p 70
Easy breakfast… or dinner
Graham crackers, p 123. A favorite in the past, I love this recipe!
School lunches, pool snacks, definitely a favorite. I swapped out the brown sugar for coconut sugar.
Cinnamon Honey Popcorn, p 139
This was a fun twist adding honey and cinnamon to popcorn!
Pbrb Waffle Sandwich, p 138
take a pb & j and grill it in the waffle maker!
This was a fun change to a typical lunch!
Veggie nuggets, p 210
these were work, but fun to eat!
Fried green beans, p 214
These were crispy and a good app!
Chocolate rice krispy treats, p 240
The recipe is similar but add cocoa. Yum!
Sweet Beet Cookies, p 246
I want to try these and love the color for Valentines Day!
Honey Cinnamon Cookies, p 255
Similar to the graham crackers but these have eggs in them.
The kids enjoyed these!
And from the website, these look great:
Raspberry Hearts – I see Valentine’s Day in the future!
What are your favorite weelicious recipes?