Fresh and Af­ford­able Fam­ily Food


Fans of My Kitchen Rules will re­mem­ber this young cou­ple – they have three chil­dren and favour healthy, whole-food cook­ing. In this well-pre­sented book they start with tips for feed­ing a fam­ily – plan­ning, mak­ing ahead, en­cour­ag­ing picky eaters – and in­for­ma­tion on food la­bels, food types (fats, sug­ars, gluten, salt, junk food), how to fill your fridge and stock your pantry. The recipes fol­low – break­fasts, sal­ads, kids’ favourites, din­ner, sweet things and sauces. Ev­ery dish comes with a photo and a key show­ing if it is gluten-free, dairy-free, re­fined sugar-free, veg­e­tar­ian, wheat-free or can be made for less than $15. Dishes such as Sa­tay Chicken with Cau­li­flower Rice, Tuna and Ku­mara Pat­ties, Pineap­ple Slaw and Nana’s Car­rot Cake are sure to be crowd-pleasers and are, for the most part, prac­ti­cal. I’m not con­vinced, though, that maple syrup, al­monds, co­conut sugar and co­conut oil are good (or nec­es­sary) in­gre­di­ent op­tions for bud­get-con­scious fam­i­lies, although the banof­fee pie, which re­quired all these plus a moun­tain of dates, was really quite delicious. Sally But­ters is NZ House & Gar­den’s food edi­tor

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