When you think back on it, how many of your favorite books as a child involved food? So many of my favorite childhood reading memories involved stories with food as a feature…Gregory the Terrible Eater, Amelia Bedelia, Bread and Jam for Frances…These early memories formed the foundation of my love for good food!
Reading to children is never time wasted. In fact, it can be a great opportunity to give your children a profound interest and appreciation for good food!
Below is a list of some great children’s books about food:
- Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
- Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
- Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
- Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
- I Will Never Not Ever Eat A Tomato by Lauren Child
- Let’s Eat: What Children Eat Around the World by Beatrice Hollye
- Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food by Lizzy Rockwell
- Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle
- Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
- Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
- Pete’s A Pizza by William Steig
- How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? by Chris Butterworth
- My Very First Book of Food by Eric Carle
- The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
It is just about time to start making fall soups again! School season is here and this alphabet minestrone soup is a super tasty, healthy, and QUICK weeknight meal. This recipe makes a bunch of soup so you can freeze in individual containers and defrost for a fast weeknight supper.
- In a large saucepan with a lid, cook the onions and garlic in the olive oil on medium/high heat for about 5-7 minutes until slightly translucent and brown around the edges.
- Remove the lid, add the celery and stir. Cook with the lid off for another 5 minutes.
- Add carrots, peas, green beans, corn, zucchini, peppers and kidney beans. Stir to combine. Now add the stock and tomatoes, stir then put the lid back on the pot.
- Allow the soup to come to a full boil and then turn the temperature to low heat and continue to cook for 20-30 minutes.
- Turn the heat off but allow pot to remain on the hot burner. Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil and Alphabet pasta. Pasta will cook in the hot soup in about 10 minutes.
- Serve the soup with some fresh whole grain bread and enjoy!