We've recently been sent a family cookbook from Bright Horizons Family Solutions, who challenged us to make and share one of their simple inspired recipes and share it on the blog. Because I have a fussy Harry - Just like his Mummy - I thought I would experiment with the Chicken Paella recipe from the book, in the hope that we could add the dish to his small list of things to eat.
Each of the recipes in the book are intended to be family friendly and generally use ingredients you could find in your store cupboard and fridge. The only thing I didn't have in my cupboard already, was turmeric. The Chicken Paella recipe that I followed can be found here.
Make sure that you read the method before getting started though as I found that I needed garlic, but it wasn't mentioned in the ingredients list. Luckily I had some in stock. With supervision, the kids got involved with preparing the vegetables. Lauren is quite good at chopping and cutting and Harry and Matthew chopped peppers with one of those special knives that don't cut fingers, but chop veg very well.
The kids are getting quite used to making food with me now. A couple of weeks ago we made Jam Doughnut Muffins, so they are getting better in the kitchen. We do enjoy cooking together, if it is planned and we have plenty of time. It is also really important to teach the kids how to make meals from scratch to give them the skills they will need later on in life.
The preparation took about 20 minutes and the cooking time was around 25 minutes in total. It was soon ready to dish up and I am pleased to report that 2 out of the 3 children did like the Chicken Paella - Harry is still fussy like his mummy.
This recipe came from the Bright Horizons Family Cookbook, but you can access many of the recipes here. I like how they are family inspired and it's a good 'go-to' website when you just can't think of what to cook for tea.
Bright Horizons is the UK's leading nursery network. They are trusted to provide children and their families with naturally inspiring, exceptional care and education in the early years. They even use some of these delicious recipes in their nursery in Sale, Manchester, so the recipes are tried and tested with kids.
If you are interested in getting the kids into the kitchen to cook some delicious meals, why not check them out?
*I was provided with a Bright Horizons Family Cookbook and an apron for the purpose of this review, all opinions and thoughts are my own.