What is weelicious.com and who is Catherine McCord?
*Disclaimer: I was asked by Stonyfield as a YO-Getter to complete a review of Catherine McCord’s Weelicious Lunches. I was given this cookbook, some vouchers for Stonyfield product and permission to share one recipe by Stonyfield return for this review. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.
I was recently very lucky to be selected as a Stonyfield yo-getter which means that I get to share my love of organic food. Plus I am also going to be sharing my love of one of my favorite amazing New Hampshire organic companies, Stonyfield. Stonyfield is a staple in our refrigerator. Our breakfast table would not be complete without the Stonyfield Smoothies and my kids love the YoKids Squeezers in the lunch boxes or as a frozen treat. I often use Stonyfield Yogurt in my smoothie concoctions as it is a great source of protein.
As a mom constantly searching for healthy and organic foods to fill my children’s lunch boxes I was excited to be given the chance to review Catherine McCord’s new cookbook Weelicious Lunches. Catherine began her website weelicious.com after the birth of her own two children sparked an interest in seeking out healthier food options for her own children. She became a great resource for her friends for her healthy kid recipes. Catherine enjoys organic gardening and looking for fresh and local ingredients as inspiration for her recipes. If you haven’t checked out her site weelicious.com yet you should as it is the perfect place to find recipes to mix up your weekly menus for your kids.
Weelicious Lunches is filled with recipes to help you to “think outside the lunchbox” (McCord). McCord’s cookbook begins with a brief introduction and hen she features some easy tips for how to use different mealtime elements such as proteins and carbohydrates in different ways. She also shares some tips for dealing with picky eaters as well as has an organized chart of the recipes enabling you to avoid allergens if your child has any food allergies. My kids (ages 5 and 3) had fun going through the cookbook and picking out things that they thought they might like to try (I think they flagged half of the cookbook!). The recipes in the cookbook include sandwiches such as an “apple, honey, and cheese quesadilla,” and one of my childhood favorites, “apple ring pb & j (where the apple takes the place of the bread), and even healthy sweet treats such as pineapple fruit leather and cinnamon pita chips.
A great dip with Stonyfield Greek Yogurt
For our first recipe from Weelicious Lunches we tried Cucumber Yogurt Dip (Raita) (page 217). This recipe is a yogurt based Indian dip that calls for using Greek Yogurt so of course we used Stonyfield Greek Yogurt. It also called for cucumbers so we used out favorite mini Persian cucumbers. This dip can be used for dipping veggies or pita chips or you can eat it as a sauce on tandoori kabobs. This dip would be delicious with turkey burgers. My kids are a little picky so I think they might have enjoyed this better if made with plain yogurt but the grown-ups loved it!
Here is the recipe for Cucumber Yogurt Dip (Raita (p.217) from Catherine McCord’s Weelicious Lunches:
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt)
- 1/2 cup diced cucumbers
- 2 teaspoons lemon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients.
- Serve chilled with desired accompaniments.
- Tip: Catherine McCord writes, "I love using Persian cucumbers with the skin on, but you can also used peeled English or hothouse cucumbers."
A Weelicious Lunches Giveaway!
Finally I am ecstatic to be able to share with you a giveaway of Catherine McCord’s Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunch Box with More than 160 Happier Meals and a variety of awesome Stonyfield coupons all courtesy of Stonyfield. My giveaway will run for two weeks so please be sure to enter and also to tell all of your friends to stop by and enter.