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Feeding a Family: Simple and Healthy Weeknight Meals the Whole Family Will Love (Paperback)
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Forty seasonal family meals, 100 recipes, and loads of tips and strategies to make weeknight dinners work
Reclaim the family dinner! In Feeding a Family, nutritionist and mom Sarah Waldman lays out all the tools you need to break out of the mealtime rut and turn dinner into a nutritionally fulfilling and happy occasion—despite busy schedules, long workdays, and picky eaters. Through forty complete meals, you’ll discover hearty dinners the whole family will love, including:
• A meal for using up the best summer garden produce: Make-ahead Zucchini, Beef, and Haloumi Cheese Skewers with Chimichurri Sauce paired with Tomato, Peach, and Red Onion Panzanella and Lemon-Blackberry Custard
• A cozy and comforting dinner for a frenzied fall day: Creamy Tomato and Spinach Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons and Pear Pie in Cornmeal Crust
• The perfect meal for the busiest night of the week: Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken with Sweet Peas and Lemon-Pecan Shortbread Cookies
• A warming (and fun) winter meal: One-pot Slurpee Noodle Bowls with simple Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Date Truffles for dessert
• Sunday suppers for when you have a bit more time to play in the kitchen: Homemade Pasta with Heirloom Tomato Sauce and Pavlova with Blueberries
With suggestions for including older kids in mealtime prep, tips for feeding baby, and ideas for extending ingredients for “tomorrow’s dinner,” Feeding a Family is a playbook that includes the whole family.
About the Author
Sarah Waldman fell in love with food while playing “cooking show” with her little sister in the 1980s. Decades later, she followed that passion to the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to study the connections between food and personal wellness. Now Sarah spends her time being a mother, food writer, and recipe developer. As a health-focused home cook, she develops and offers recipes for simple, whole-food meals appropriate for every member of the family. Her work has been featured in Fine Cooking, Shape, Edible Vineyard, Food52, and The Coastal Table. Sarah lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband and two boys. On her blog (SarahWaldman.com) she shares healthy, seasonal recipes that celebrate a family-focused life.
Elizabeth Cecil is a professional photographer. Whether she is shooting food, lifestyle, or travel, her work is inspired by light, color, and her natural surroundings. Elizabeth aims to capture visual authenticity and poetry in everything she photographs. Her work has appeared in Bon Appetit, Saveur, Coastal Living, and the Wall Street Journal. She is a contributing photographer and the founding photo editor of Edible Vineyard. When she’s not making pictures, you can find her out catching waves with her husband or in the kitchen baking a pie. Elizabeth lives on the island of Martha’s Vineard except when she boards the ferry or hops on a plane to travel for work.
“Sarah’s recipes are my favorite kind of recipes—wholesome, simple, and most important, strategic. Feeding young kids often requires a bona fide battle plan, and this book outlines that plan deliciously.”— Jenny Rosenstrach, author of Dinner: A Love Story and How to Celebrate Everything
“I consider myself pretty adept at cooking wholesome meals, but since I’ve had kids, I have found it more difficult to make something for dinner that everyone will eat. Sarah’s book is filled with ideas that help put a colorful and virtuous meal on the table without complicating things or taking a ton of time. I’ll be using this book as a weekly reference.”—Sara Forte, author of Sprouted Kitchen and Sprouted Kitchen: Bowl + Spoon
“Sarah Waldman’s Feeding a Family is filled with recipes for simple, wholesome, and seasonal meals. Maybe more important, it offers a recipe for cultivating a family mealtime tradition where stress and fuss melt away and togetherness takes center stage. Written in a style that’s relatable, upbeat, and encouraging, Feeding a Family gives parents of young children pragmatic tips for reclaiming dinnertime, one meal at a time.”—Erin Boyle, author of Simple Matters and creator of the blog Reading My Tea Leaves
“Sarah Waldman’s Feeding a Family manages to be beautifully modern and dreamily old-fashioned in equal measure. It reminds us that taking the time to cook from scratch is one of the most full-hearted ways to care for a family and provides the tools and season-by-season recipes to make it happen. The deliciously homespun desserts alone are worth the price of the book.”—Katie Sullivan Morford, author of Rise & Shine