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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Chef Kellan's Veggie-Licious Creations Cookbook Review & Giveaway

I absolutely love working with other Mom's! No matter what their story, product or background, it is fun to relate and team up together!

I've been lucky enough to team up and work with Debbie Hammer! A busy Mamma who now has two cookbooks under her belt, a toddler, a job, and a million other titles! She was kind enough to send me her cookbooks for review and one for one of my lucky followers!

About Debbie
Debbie always loved gourmet cooking and food and found that she had a creative energy that came from cooking and a talent for coming up with unique and healthy recipes that actually tasted good. When her son Kellan, (a miracle baby conceived after many miscarriages and years later than planned) was born she couldn't wait until he was ready for solid foods and to introduce him to tasty gourmet foods she didn't discover until she became an adult.

The lack of foods for kids that are good for you and that actually taste good inspired her to start her own toddler and kid friendly recipes and ways to get Kellan to try new foods. And thus her first cookbook was written. Veggie Creations for Kellan: A Collection of Vegetable Recipes for my Toddler. And now out her second revised edition, Chef Kellan's Veggie-Licious Creations.
About Veggie-Licious Creations
I know I get tired of serving the same kid friendly meals, that I know they will eat to my boys. It is always nice to have a little inspiration for new recipes and I love to see actual pictures of the finished product! This cookbook has both. Not to mention cute little pictures of Debbie's son Kellan enjoying her delicious meals.

I also love that this cookbook is sorted out by the primary vegetable ingredient. This makes it very easy to flip to the pages of the veggie you have on hand. Most recipes are ingredients that you would have on hand already and are simple to make.

We found numerous recipes that we loved to make or gave us inspiration for new ideas. I love too that the boys are getting their veggies with little to no fuss! Big Brother also likes to help me cook and bake so this was a fun review project for us.

I won't spoil the cookbook and give away too many recipe ideas. But a few of our favorites include:
• Plain Pasta
• Choo Choo Train Bars
• Cheese Moons

And our sneak peak recipe I will share with you of Carrot Crackers! This batch of crackers lasted about 30 minutes tops! These are so good and easy to make, they will definitely be a new staple around our house. The boys gobbled them up so fast, and ok I did too!

Carrot Cracker Recipe - Courtesy of Chef Kellan's Veggie-Licious Creations 

Ingredients:
• 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
• 1/4 cup butter, softened
• 1/2 cup peeled, grated carrot
• 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• Dash salt
• Dash Cayenne
• 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp flour

Directions:
Beat cheese, butter and carrots in food mixer. Add remaining ingredients. Shape mixture into a 2x7 log. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerated for 1 hour. Remove wrap. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut into 1/4 inch slices. Lay on baking sheet. Bake for 13-17 minutes, until crisp and light brown. Makes 24 crackers.



The only thing I did differently was I used a cheddar blend cheese and I didn't have any cayenne so I added garlic to mine. So easy and so delish!

This cookbook has over 135 tried and true recipes! Guaranteed you find something your whole family will love! You can purchase Chef Kellan's Veggie-Licious Creations on Amazon for just $15.44!

Please find Debbie on Facebook and Twitter and say hello! If you try this recipe or buy her cookbook, send her a message and tell her what you think!

WIN IT: Enter below for a chance to win this recipe inspiring cookbook and start seeing your kids chowing down on their vegetables! Good Luck!
Disclosure: I received this product for the purpose of review. I did not receive any compensation for this review. The opinions in my reviews are my own, and others’ opinions may vary. This post was written by me and not edited by anyone.
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12 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway! Though he doesn't refuse many veggies, my kid will eat anything wrapped in a burrito, so we always stuff those full of good ingredients.

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  2. Our daughter ate her first food today....and it was pumpkin! Not too shabby for a first veggie! My Husband and I both eat plenty of them so we're pretty certain she'll want to try ours. Hopefully she'll like them. If not, we'll figure out how to cross that bridge when we get to it : )

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  3. always need help with recipes ;)

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  4. Our family is vegan so all we eat are plants. That's the only choice our daughter gets so she eats them and loves them! She especially loves food that is flavorful with spices (but not spicey). She loves whatever is on our plates!

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  5. If there is something to dip the veggies in, they seem to go down a lot easier.

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  6. There are a few key things we found that help a lot: 1) Set a good example 2) Let them choose the veggies at the farm market/store or help them grow their own 3) Let them help you prepare them

    The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia
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  7. I like to grate the veggies and add them to tomato sauce, pancakes, scrambles eggs and cupcakes...actually they are muffins but my kids like to call them cupcakes...lol.
    this year we also had a garden and they luv to eat the veggies they helped to grow.
    Their fav...zucchini!!!

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  8. hide them in baked goods or pasta sauce :)

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  9. I just make sure and have them available at every meal and for snacks. So far if the kids are hungry enough they will eat what I put in front of them. However, I would love to find more pleasing veggie recipes.

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  10. Luckily, I don't have picky eaters, but my best trick is spaghetti squash. They have no idea it is a veggie! A little bit of mozzarella, salt, and pepper or sometimes even spaghetti sauce. They even call it spaghetti!

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  11. Many kids enjoy salsa. Also, add cauliflower to macaroni or mashed potatoes. You can throw in many vegetables to stews or chili. Bake them in muffins or cookies - shredded zucchini or carrots work well in breads.
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    sherry

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  12. i have one son that will eat his veggies, one son that will eat veggies if he has dressing, etc. to dip them in and one son that i am still looking for that "right trick"
    jenny lloyd

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