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Weelicious: My New Best Friend

School is in full swing around here, as we finish our second week.  Every morning I’m up early to get my little ones out the door.  And every morning I have to make lunch for my first grader.  I take great care to pack him a nutritious meal that is not only good for him, but interesting, too.  I want him to feel loved when he opens his lunchbox.   Even with my best intentions, though, I’m bored with the lunches I’m packing.  I seem to be stuck in the sandwich-fruit-crackers format.  Help!

Catherine McCord, the creator of Weelicious, has come to my rescue!

Weelicious

Weelicious

McCord’s website is devoted to fun and good-for-you meals for kids.  The thing is, these aren’t just meals for kids.  Do not expect a book with only mac and cheese and chicken nuggets.  This is a family cookbook that your whole family will love.  I snagged the cookbook soon after I discovered it existed and we loved it right way.  I am a cookbook junkie.  I love them.  But, I have several books that I actually don’t open too often.  This is not the case with Weelicious.  As soon as the book arrived on my doorstep, we sat down and devoured it.  The pages are delicious looking, with gorgeous photographs and fun ways to incorporate fruits and veggies.  These are not difficult concepts.  You will not be pureeing vegetables on Sundays for the rest of your life.

We have not been disappointed with one recipe we have tried so far.  Here are a few of our faves (with many more new meals to make in the future):

Egg in the Hole
Baked Shells
Baked Ziti
Lasagna Rolls
Red, White, and Blue Parfaits
Fruit Wands
Baked Zucchini Coins
Grilled Cheese Pickle Panini

Weelicious: Sandwich on a stick

Weelicious: Sandwich on a stick

Not long after I became a Weelicious fan, I learned that Catherine was going to be offering a new book focused just on lunches.  An ENTIRE book solely about school lunch?  Yes.  It came yesterday and I am in LOVE.  I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to see fun and beautiful menu ideas for my child’s lunchbox.

Weelicious Lunches

Weelicious Lunches

I am committed to not boring my kid with the same lunch every single day.  It will take a bit of prep work, but we need to reshape our thinking on packing lunches for our children.  Kids need to see color and texture when they open their lunches.  Our job is to fuel their little bodies so that they can learn and grow and play.  Every parent should have this book.

The Weelicious website is full of recipes and videos, which my children love to explore.  My son adds new recipes to my online recipe box all the time.  He loves it.  If you haven’t checked it out, you really should.  I feel like Catherine comes into our home and brings some excitement back about food.  My kids like to go to the site and discuss what we should make next.  It has fostered many conversations in our kitchen.

Weelicious: Banana dog bites

Weelicious: Banana dog bites

For families who need to be conscious of special allergies, the recipes are organized to help your family chef sort through all the options.  Whether you have a little one who needs to stay away from dairy, gluten, eggs, or nuts, this is a wonderful feature of the site.

It is SO easy to get into a food rut, making the same meals over and over.  Some days I just don’t have time to figure out something new.  I just make what I know.

Weelicious: Banana berry bread

Weelicious: Banana berry bread

With Catherine’s help, I am committed to bringing the kids into the cooking process and making food fun again.

What food sites do you love?  Any favorite cookbooks on your shelf?

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