I’ll admit it – I’ve never been a great cook. The kitchen is a place where I spend time because I am required to feed my family so they don’t die of malnutrition. I’m afraid there have been times when they would rather die of starvation than eat what I have cooked for them. It’s become even more of a chore to come up with nutritious and delicious meals as my boys have gotten older, because they are a lot more vocal now about the kinds of food they prefer. So I have become more committed to learning how to create better meals.
Luckily I am getting more help these days in the cooking department since I started working full-time outside of my home. My 10 year old loves to cook and Dad has been forced to take over some of the mealtime duties since I don’t get home sometimes until late in the evening. It has been challenging to say the least. So it was really a great surprise when we opened our mailbox last week and found a new cookbook inside!
The Looneyspoons Collection cookbook, by authors Janet and Greta Podleski, arrived just in time to turn my frustrated fry boys into creative chefs! They are both learning quickly how to make yummy meals and fun snacks that keep our family going while we adjust to the changes in our schedules and routines! (Your kids can learn too! Be sure and enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post for one of these fabulous cookbooks).
The Looneyspoons Collection cookbook is big! It’s 400 pages filled with 325 recipes and tons of gorgeous food photos of hilariously named dishes that keep my family entertained and well-fed! My husband, a fan of late 70’s and early 80’s TV shows, was eager to try the Erik Eggstrata dish, which is a beautiful casserole made with eggs, sausage, zucchini and red peppers. No pictures. They ate it all before I got home!
My son thought that Bananaberry Bombs sounded like something cool and delicious for a boy to make (Blueberry Banana muffins with oatmeal, flaxseed and wheat germ), so he and dad whipped some up tonight.
My little man raved about the taste, but was a little disappointed that they didn’t do something really cool in the oven while they were baking. I asked him what he expected. He said, “I don’t know. I was hoping one might explode or something.” Of course. What else would a ten year old boy hope for from a Bananaberry Bomb!?
Some other great recipes we can’t wait to try are:
- Darth Taters
- Lord of the Wings
- Sticky Chicky.
Now I ask you – how can food with names like those NOT be tasty!?
The authors of the Looneyspoons collection, Janet and Greta, have a great sense of humor and use it, along with their nutritional expertise (Janet is a Registered Holistic Nutritionsist) to make learning about good foods an enjoyable experience. In addition to their successful and fun cookbooks, the Podleski Sisters now have their own food line available in Costco and they host a television show on The Food Network Canada called Eat, Shrink and Be Merry, where they take favorite recipes that may not be very healthly and give them a makeover using more nutritive ingredients. Clearly they have a good handle on how to make cooking fun without sacrificing wholesome ingredients!
Things my family and I love about the Looneyspoons Collection Cookbook:
- Hilarious and goofy recipe names
- Lots of pictures (helps to know what the food should look like when you are done!)
- Great “Nutrition Nugget” facts
- Easy to read instructions
- Healthy recipes that kids like
If there was one thing we could change (and of course with this being a cookbook you can do that) is the fact that we were spending a little more than usual from our grocery budget to get things like flax seed, wheat germ, ginger root and a few other spices and ingredients we haven’t really used before. But — now that we have them, it won’t be such an issue going forward.
The Looneyspoons Collection cookbook has really given our family a great gift. It has lots of kid appeal and it has encouraged our family to interact in the kitchen a lot more while we cook fun and nutritious meals. Thanks Podleski Sisters!
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Geri Chase is a freelance writer, blogger and mom/wife to two fantastic boys and an amazing husband. When she’s not writing product reviews, Geri enjoys blogging about her life and family adventures over at I Am Boymom.