Cooking in Toronto: How To Feed a Family

I recently picked up a copy of Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh’s cookbook, How to Feed a Family, The Sweet Potato Chronicles Cookbook. It was the words beside the title that hooked me, “Eat Healthy, Live Happy, Stay Sane.” Sanity is probably the hardest thing to maintain when cooking for a family and if Laura and Ceri have any ideas how to keep it, then count me in!

Forget Love, Dinner is a Battlefield

Once kids arrive on the scene, dinner especially becomes a minefield. Now you are growing humans and you have to prepare balanced, healthy meals that everyone is going to eat. Sounds easy enough to the childless adult but to those of us in the know, in reality, this usually involves a lot of tears, battles at the table and the occasional meatball hitting the wall.

The Sweet Potato Chronicles

Toronto moms Laura and Ceri met at FASHION Magazine, where Ceri was the editor-in-chief and Laura was the beauty director. Pre-kids dinner for them was often champagne and hors d’oeuvres grabbed on the fly at magazine events in the evenings. Post-kids, the two began The Sweet Potato Chronicles, which is a wonderful food blog full of recipes and advice on how to wade through all those mines in the aforementioned minefield. Its popularity blossomed and How to Feed a Family was born.

The Recipes

So far, I have made the Berry Blaster smoothie, the Pumpkin Granola, the Zucchini Bread and the Turkey Mini Meatloaves. These were all yummy, not eaten by my picky kid but he did try everything and that is a huge improvement. My eater kid gobbled everything and had seconds. Recipes I am looking to try next include Veggie Sloppy Joes, Grilled Cheese with Grapes, Orange Chocolate Mini Muffins and the Apple Chicken Curry.

Easy Peasy

The photos are mouth-watering and there is such a great variety of recipes in here that takes everyone into account from the parents to the adventurous eaters to the picky ones. If one recipe doesn’t go ever well, just move on to the next one, or mix up the ingredients a little. Everything is so simple, you’ll hit food gold pretty quickly. There are also loads of recipes the kids can help out with.

Relaxed and Unstressed is How to Feed a Family

What I love most about this book is the attitude that comes across from Ceri and Laura – it’s relaxed and unstressed. There is no feeling that if you have the kid that doesn’t eat kale, you are failing as a parent. It’s all about making easy things that at the very least, you will eat and enjoy and the kids will try and probably like. I call it the “Field of Dreams” mentality – if you build it, they will come.

Go out and pick this one up. I promise it will be in your regular rotation.

How to Feed a Family, The Sweet Potato Chronicles Cookbook is available online and in bookstores. Published by Appetite by Random House.

Rebecca Ruddle

Rebecca is a Toronto born and bred mom of two young boys. She is always exploring the city looking for fun things to do, eat and see with them, without losing her sanity or breaking the bank. She blogs at Brain-Dead Mom.

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