If you find yourself struggling to prepare quick, easy, healthy snacks and lunches that can be eaten on-the-go and especially as an alternative to the lunches provided at school, you’re going to love this book!  Good Food to Go by Brenda Bradshaw and Cheryl Mutch, M.D. is not only full of yummy recipes sure to bring a smile to your child’s face, it also has tons of helpful information for us parents!  It covers:

  • What types of ingredients your refrigerator and pantry should contain
  • How to keep your children focused while at the grocery store
  • What types of foods to avoid
  • If you’re watching your child’s weight, how to make your lunch boxes leaner
  • The best way to prepare different types of vegetables
  • and more!

Our Thoughts…

There really is a wealth of knowledge within this book – tons of recipes, snack ideas, information on vitamins, antioxidants, and much more.  I was almost overwhelmed the first time I opened the book but it’s organized very well, in a non-overwhelming way – The tips and educational parts are contained in little orange boxes as you’re reading through the recipes.

Speaking of recipes, there are SO many wonderful ideas in this book!  Sorted by meal type, there are recipes for vegetables, fruits, four different types of sandwiches (pinwheels, regular sandwiches, pita pockets, and wraps), picnic-style lunches, soups, salads, baked goods and desserts, and after-school snacks.  And they really do look delicious and easy to make!  I can’t wait to try them all.  I have a feeling that any child whose mother owns this book and prepares these types of meals for him or her will have a lot of jealous friends at lunchtime.  ;-)

We Tried It…

We tried a few recipes right away just so I would be able to honestly tell you how the recipes taste.  I made the Stuffed Cucumber Cups (page 32), Cheddar Cheese and Broccoli Quiches (page 92), and the Strawberry Creamsicles (page 187).

I included the cucumber cups (cucumbers stuffed with hummus) and quiches in Emma’s lunch, and they went over very well!  I was surprised that she immediately picked up the cucumber cups and ate them because they looked very different than anything she’s eaten before – and she’s at an extremely picky eating stage.  Honestly, though… my husband and I ate more of the quiches than Emma did.  I loved them!  Also, I added some ham and the recipe didn’t call for that.  Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly.  Total hit!

And that expression is the reaction to the creamsicles I made.  Yum!  This particular recipe calls for Greek yogurt, honey, and pureed strawberries, and it is really good!  Such a great idea, one of many in the book.

Final Thoughts…

I would definitely recommend this book, it has a lot of great ideas in it!  Another cool feature of its recipes is the fact that it tells us what things we can do the night before, making mornings less hectic for moms who are trying to put a lunch together quickly.  It really makes it easy to plan.  And it has sample weekly meal planners in the back of the book, too.

The only thing that would make this book even better would be pictures.  There aren’t any pictures, and I love cookbooks with photos of the recipes within it.  That’s just a preference, though.  :)

Want It?

You can buy this book at RandomHouse.com or Amazon.com.  Also visit Good Food Books for Kids and check out the other great books (with sample recipes) by Brenda Bradshaw and Cheryl Mutch!

Giveaway closed.  Congrats to Francie, Debbie, and Crystal!

Be one of three (3) winners of this great book!

{Prize} Good Food to Go by Brenda Bradshaw and Cheryl Mutch, M.D.
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Giveaway will be closed on August 22, 2011 at midnight PST and winner notified by email.  Winner will then have 48 hours to reply to my email or I will have to re-draw another winner.  Good luck, everyone!

I received the book reviewed in this post courtesy of Random House so that I could share our thoughts and experiences with it.  This post is 100% my own opinion, thoughts, and experiences, and was not edited or reviewed by anyone.  I do not feel obligated to write a positive review – I’ll always share my honest thoughts on products!  :)

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