We Love Cooking

9780848704247_p0_v3_s260x420So today’s post is a departure than Monday’s post.  I love reading, and now that I’m a parent I’m always looking for ways to get my daughter to try new things!  For Christmas this year we got We Love Cooking, a book that was written with kids and picky eaters in mind.  My 4 year old is currently going through a very picky stage – so I can use all the help I can get.  Some mornings I wish for a list of foods that she’ll actually eat that day – and I think the list of foods she does like is quite a bit shorter than a list of the foods she doesn’t like.  The recipes were tested and developed with 12 year old twin chefs.  There are so many good recipes we plan on trying – Creamy Dreamy Tropical Smoothie, Thanksgiving  Wrap (yum!  can’t wait to make this one), and Quarter-pound Blue Cheese Burgers.

Included with these recipes is information kid cooks could use about food safety, and kitchen safety.  It’s so important to get kids involved in the kitchen – when they get involved, they might be more likely to try something new!  This book was written to get  kids excited about cooking, getting involved and becoming interested in eating a greater variety of things.  The first recipe we tried was so yummy!  I totally loved it, and she of course wouldn’t eat it.  But here it is anyways.  Because I didn’t have almond butter, I used peanut butter instead.

unnamedBanana Almond Butter French Toast Sandwich

2 large eggs

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 t vanilla extract

1/4 t cinnamon

2 T almond butter

4 T maple syrup

1 banana

4 slices of bread

Mix batter.  Crack eggs into a bowl.  Add almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Whisk to combine.

Prepare sandwiches.  Mix almond butter and maple syrup in a small bowl.  Cut banana lengthwise into 4 thin slices, then cut slices crosswise into halves.  Spread almond butter mixture evenly across bread slices.  Top 2 bread slices with 4 slices of banana each.  Place remaining 2 slices of bread over banana, sandwiching butter and bananas inside.

Cook sandwiches.  Heat a panini press to 425 or high heat.  Dip sandwiches in egg mixture and let excess drip off.  Lightly coat grill plates of panini press with cooking spray, if needed.  Arrange sandwiches on press.  Close panini press, pushing down gently to flatten.  Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until sandwiches are browned on the outside and hot in the center.

Serve sandwichies.  Place sandwiches on a cutting board.  Cut in half on a diagnal.

Enjoy!!

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