This cookbook is not just a book with recipes, it also has some no nonsense guidelines on raising healthy kids. The tips in the book can be applied to any family, whether there is an existing weight problem or not. Simply put, keep the kids moving - limit screen time - healthy food applies to all members of the family!
The recipes are simple to follow and are wide-ranging in flavor and cuisine. They are geared toward getting kids to enjoy healthy foods in a variety of ways. The first recipe I made was the Fusilli with Broccoli, Beans and Walnuts. I did end up leaving out the walnuts- mostly by accident since I made it ahead of time and forgot to add them later. I do think the additional crunch would add a nice contrast in texture to the dish.
The recipes all have full nutrition details, but the book is not focused on the WW Points plan - if you are counting points, there is enough nutrition information for you to calculate them yourself. It's definitely geared toward making healthy food palatable for kids so that they grow up loving food that is good for them. I have several more recipes marked to try and will share them as I make each one.
Fusilli with Broccoli, Beans and Walnuts
Source: Weight Watchers: Eat! Move! Play!
2 cups whole wheat fusilli pasta
1 head broccoli, florets halved and stems peeled and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
15 oz. can of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Cook the fusilli according to the package directions, omitting the salt if desired. Four minutes before it's done, add the broccoli to the boiling water and cook until the pasta and broccoli are tender. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
Return the pot to medium heat. Add the oil and garlic and cook until the garlic begins to turn golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in the beans and pepper flakes. Add the reserved pasta water, then the drained pasta and broccoli. Add the cheese and walnuts and toss until combined.
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