Real Food for Healthy Kids

200+ Easy, Wholesome Recipes

By Tanya Wenman Steel; Tracey Seaman
(William Morrow Cookbooks, Hardcover, 9780060857912, 384pp.)

Publication Date: August 2008

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Parent-tested and kid-approved, a comprehensive, practical resource for wholesome, healthful meals children of all ages will eat—and love

In an era of McDiets, packed schedules, and stressful jobs, it's harder than ever to incorporate nutritious food into our children's daily lives. But you no longer have to rely on microwaved hot dogs and frozen pizza. In this essential cookbook, food—and parenting—experts Tracey Seaman and Tanya Wenman Steel offer help and hope, whether you're experienced in the kitchen or more inclined to head to the drive-through.

Real Food for Healthy Kids features more than 200 easy-to-make recipes for school days and weekends, including breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, and even parties. Each recipe has been taste-tested by children and analyzed by a nutritionist.

  • A power breakfast might feature Carrot Cake Oatmeal, Green Eggs-in-Ham Quiche Cups, or Hole-y Eggs!
  • Keep kids energized with a Real Food lunch, such as Hail Caesar, Jr. Salad, Turkey Pinwheels, or Egg Salad Double-Decker Sandwiches.
  • Seaman and Steel's snacks include Zucchini Tempura with Horseradish Dunk, Chewy Granola Bars, Happy Apple Toddies, and much more.
  • Serve a mouthwatering family dinner: Peachy Keen Chicken, Super Steak Fajitas, or Princess and the Pea Risotto.
  • Enjoy a scrumptious dessert: Cheery Cherry Plank, Brown Mouse, or Chocolate-Covered Strawberries.

Seaman and Steel have spent the last four years developing and testing recipes to create nourishing dishes that kids of all ages, from babies to grad students, and even finicky eaters, vegetarians, and kids with food sensitivities will enjoy. Whatever recipes you choose, this indispensable cookbook is sure to become the resource you turn to every day for years to come. Equal parts cookbook, nutrition guide, daily menus, party planner, and parenting guide, Real Food for Healthy Kids will get your kids engaged in eating, happily and healthfully for a lifetime.

About the Author

Tanya Wenman Steel is editor in chief of the award-winning food website The winner of a prestigious James Beard Foundation Journalism Award, she is a regular guest on Today, has written extensively for the New York Times, and been an editor at Bon Appetit and Food & Wine magazines. She lives in New York with her husband and twin sons.

Tracey Seaman, a single mom of two adolescents, is test kitchen director of Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine and has been a food editor, stylist, and recipe developer, whose credits include Food & Wine, Gourmet, Vegetarian Times, Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Kids, and other national magazines and cookbooks. She lives with her family in New Jersey.

Praise For Real Food for Healthy Kids

“A primer on helping kids eat right and eat well.”
-Associated Press

“Like a modern, family-oriented version of The Joy of Cooking.”
-Austin American-Statesman

“Healthy meals your kids will eat up.”
-New York Daily News

“With Real Food for Healthy Kids, a new cookbook by Tracey Seaman and Tanya Wenman Steel, wholesome meals may find their way onto the table on more regular basis.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

“Provides recipes and strategies for every facet of feeding children, from breakfast to birthday cakes.”
-Cookie magazine

“Here’s a book that will help parents help their kids.”
-Sacramento Bee

“As mothers and food professionals, their expertise shows up in advice on everything from the best foods to stock in the pantry to put together a quick meal, to what foods kids should be eating, and why.”
-Orlando Sentinel

“We knew she’d (Tracey Seaman) have no problem working her culinary magic in her new cookbook.”
-Everyday with Rachael Ray

“The book is not about health food with a capital H, but simply wholesome nutritious food that kids will eat.”
-Winston-Salem Journal

“Seaman and Steel created their recipes with the premise that tasty food, well prepared from fresh, simple ingredients does not need to be dressed up and ties with a bow for children to eat it.”
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Steel, editor in chief of, and Seaman cover plenty of nutrition basics, then put them into practice with appealing, kid-friendly recipes. Offerings cover cookie-jar treats (usually spiked with whole-wheat flour) and everything from breakfast to dessert.”
-Columbus Dispatch

“As mothers and food professionals, their expertise shows up in advice on everything from the best foods to stock in the pantry to put together a quick meal, to what foods kids should be eating, and why.”
-Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“This is a family cookbook, with food for everyone, not just young kids—and many of the recipes are suitable for children to make or help make.”
-Super Chef

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