Recommended Resources

When it comes to teaching and cooking with kids, I have a lot of opinions.  In an effort to consolidate my thoughts and favorite books & tools, this Recommended Resources page was born.  It is a work in progress and will be improved and updated regularly.  If you have a suggestion on an item or service that should be included here, please let me know.

This page contains some affiliate links*. This means that if you make a purchase on some of these items, I will earn a little something to help pay for some of the expenses associated with running this website (but sadly, not enough to pay for my daughter’s expensive equestrian addiction!).  These are all items that I believe in and can honestly recommend.  I am very careful not to recommend anything that conflicts with my personal ethical code.

The What’s Cooking with Kids Amazon Store

What’s Cooking with Kids on Amazon:  Books for Kids (including the books from our popular Kids Cook with Books virtual book club), kid-friendly Cooking Tools and Cookbooks we love, waste-free lunch essentials and more!

Cooking & Nutrition Resources

  • Real Mom Nutrition: Mom and registered dietitian, Sally Kuzemchak offers suggestions to share what works when it comes to feeding a family.  She offers recipes, inspiration – with a side of humor.
  • Nutrition – From Stork to Fork: Mom and dietitian Sarah Remmer offers realistic (and healthy) tips on how to feed a family
  • The Meal Makeover Moms, Janet Newell Bissex and Liz Weiss, are registered dietitians and moms “on a mission to help busy families eat better.”
  • The Six O’Clock Scramble* is a popular menu subscription service from Aviva Goldfarb. Her recipes can all be prepared in about a half hour, but they don’t sacrifice on nutrition or flavor.Six O'clock Scramble - menu planning subscription service
  • ECOlunchbox * containers are among our favorites for school lunches.  We don’t worry about any chemicals leaching into our food – and best of all, they don’t break if they get dropped!Lunch Resources: Heart The Earth: ECO-friendly lunchware by ECOlunchbox

 

Parenting Resources

NPR – Fresh Air

  • Positive Parenting Solutions *  offers tips on how parents can stop yelling and start fostering a happier dynamic in the home with the children. Her free webinar is not to be missed – and will certainly tempt you to try her full course.

Educational Resources

  • What’s Cooking with Kids lesson plans and activities for schools,  homeschoolers, and families on Teachers Pay Teachers
  • Life Lab: Cultivates children’s love of learning, healthy food and nature through garden-based education.
  • Food Literacy Center – my dear friend Amber’s non-profit helping kids to eat their vegetables
  • Farmraiser: If you hate that schools sell junk food and other unwanted items as fundraisers, you’ll love this option, which connects families with local farmers and artisans to purchase healthy and seasonal items. Plus, schools earn 45% of sales!

Food and Eco-News Resources

  • The Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide, updated every year since 2004, is broken down into two easy-to-use lists, the Dirty Dozen™ and the Clean Fifteen™. The Dirty Dozen™ list includes the top 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest amounts of pesticide residues, while the Clean 15™ list has the 15 cleanest, or least contaminated produce.
  • The Seafood Watch guide from the Monterey Bay Aquarium contains updated information to help you choose seafood that is fished or farmed in ways that have the least impact on the environment.
  • Sustainable Table: Celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers about the benefits of sustainable agriculture and works to build community through food.  Don’t miss The Meatrix, an educational cartoon series about the realities of factory farms.
  • Civil Eats: Promoting critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems
  • Grist, a source of environmental news and commentary, with excellent resources about food, agriculture and food policy.
  • Food and Environment Reporting Network: The first and only independent, non-profit news organization that produces in-depth and investigative journalism in the critically underreported areas of food, agriculture, and environmental health.

Food Policy

  • The Lunch Tray: Kids and Food, in School and Out. Don’t miss her free guide for getting the junk out of your kids’ classroom.
  • Food Politics is written by Marion Nestle, author of many well-regarded books on food policy and a sociology and nutrition professor at New York University. I have seen her speak and she will blow you away.
  • Chef Ann Foundation: Provides tools that enable people to progress from serving highly processed, unhealthy food to serving fresh scratch-cooked food in schools. Her site even includes information on grants to get salad bars into schools.

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