One Handed Cooks: Boosting Your Basics

Making the Most of Every Family Mealtime – from Baby to School Age

by Allie GauntJessica Beaton and Sarah Buckle

Paperback Publication Date: 05/03/2019

RRP  $39.99 $29.95

The bestselling One Handed Cooks are back, showing you how to boost the nutrition and flavour of favourite family meals – with over 100 simple, healthy recipes and countless practical tips to provide your child with a lifelong positive relationship with food.

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner – or maybe the much-loved snacks and sweets in between – every meal is an opportunity to introduce children to the joy of eating, help them discover new tastes and textures, and boost their nutritional intake.

Following on from their highly successful debut cookbook, the hugely popular One Handed Cooks have created this new collection of recipes and mealtime advice to provide inspiration and ideas for family-friendly food that’s healthy, simple to prepare and packed full of flavour.

Alongside easily adaptable meals, satisfying vegetarian options, brilliant ideas for lunchboxes and much more, you’ll find helpful solutions to tackling the most challenging fussy eating behaviours while ensuring your child gets the nourishment they need.

In this new book, you’ll discover how to:

  • Introduce solids, textured meals and finger foods to babies in ways that encourage mindful eating and food acceptance
  • Make every meal count by maximising the nutritional content of favourite home-cooked meals, snacks and sweet foods using easy swaps and additions, to support your child’s growth and development
  • Manage and move on from common fussy eating behaviours, including food jags and food refusal
  • Create happy family mealtimes that nurture positive associations with food
  • Use daily structure, mealtime routines and pre-meal sensory-based activities to reduce anxiety around eating and instead encourage discovery and enjoyment
  • Adapt a single meal to suit the whole family – baby, toddler and adult
  • Cater to common allergies and intolerances (such as dairy, gluten and wheat) with simple substitutions that don’t compromise on nutrition.
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Allie Gaunt

Allie Gaunt is a devoted mama, a writer and a cook. Two years ago she left her career as an advertising copywriter to raise her beautiful son Harry, and have never looked back. She also spent many years as a nanny, she saw various families feed their children in different ways.

The difference between the children who ate a range of healthy foods compared to those who didn’t was very obvious in all aspects of behavior, sleeping and development. she promised herself there and then she would invest time in cooking food and food knowledge when she had her own children. So when her precious Harry started solids she found herself spending a serious amount of time in the kitchen.

Testing flavours and consistencies became her new life and she invented new recipe ideas that Harry absolutely loved, and other mums wanted to try. She started a blog, and shared each and every recipe, with the goal to inspire others to get back to basics and cook beautifully simple, nutritious food for their children.

Jessica Beaton

Jessica Beaton who always wanted to work in health. With a passion for sport, physical activity, cooking and enjoying good food it seemed like a natural path to follow. Since completing her university degree in Nutrition and Dietetics she's been working as a clinical dietitian for over 7 years and as an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).

As a new mum to to her gorgeous boy George she's amazed at how fast bubs grow and how quickly they learn. Now as we begin the exciting (and delightfully messy) journey of starting solids she's applying what she know now, plus learning some new things along the way, to help provide george with all his nutritious needs and encourage healthy eating behaviours from the start.

Seeing the delicious and nutritious recipes Allie has been creating for her Harry and the inspiration that it has provided for other families has been wonderful. She hope to share with you some more healthy recipes and helpful nutrition tips to further inspire good health in your children and in yourselves.

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