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August 26, 2014

Cooking Like We’re in Ella’s Kitchen

I received samples c/o Ella’s Kitchen to facilitate the following review.

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I have a soft spot for dads. Each day I watch as my husband bonds with our daughter. We’re so blessed that he can stay at home with her while I work full-time. I love that she spends the day with Daddy going to the park, doing arts and crafts, and even learning how to cook.

So it’s no wonder we’re big fans of Ella’s Kitchen, which was started by who else but a dad (Ella’s dad that is). He started Ella’s Kitchen for his daughter (and her entire generation) so that kids could discover that healthy food can be fun, tasty and cool. He took simple, natural ingredients and created delicious baby food with adorable packaging and product names.

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I just love the name “nibbly fingers” and the fun cartoon-looking drawings and font.

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We’ve been loyal Ella’s Kitchen customers since Bear began solids a year and a half ago, so I was overjoyed when I found out that Ella’s dad came out with a cookbook and a baking book, featuring easy, healthy, kid-friendly recipes for young families. My daughter loves cooking alongside her dad, so they two of them were eager to test out a recipe.

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It’s not like we’re lacking cookbooks in our kitchen, but I must say that a children’s cookbook, where mom and dad can enjoy the recipes too, is a great addition to our collection and I would recommend the Ella’s Kitchen cookbooks to everyone!

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After looking through the Cook Book (The Red One), the two of them decided to test out a recipe for dinner last Tuesday night. My husband picked the Totally cool Caribbean chicken with mango + pineapple, loaded with potatoes, tomatoes and mangoes. Just as with every home cooked dinner, my daughter helped with the cooking (and discover “ingos”).

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She loves to stand at the counter with Daddy as he preps, chops, and simmers. He amended the recipe a little, cutting the suggested potato measurements in half. This made the potato to mango ratio is bit more even, and we still had plenty of leftovers for a family of three.

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This was a great recipe for the family and toddler friendly. My daughter is willing to try just about any food at least once (and usually likes it the first time around). After thoroughly enjoying the mango recipe, I’m excited to try many more recipes in this book and check out The Yellow One, which is all baking and this mama’s forte.

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Ashley traded Prada for pacis in 2012 when she became a member of the elite club of motherhood. She is married to her high school sweetheart of nearly 15 years and together they have two toddlers – “Bear” and “Little Man.” She spends her days as a marketing professional and nights writing this blog. In her [not so] spare time, she enjoys reading trashy tabloids, large glasses of buttery chardonnay, and shopping clearance racks.
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43 Comments

  • Reply Jan Lee

    Ella’s Kitchen sounds like great food for toddlers that are using their fingers to eat πŸ™‚

    October 6, 2014 at 1:44 am
    • Reply Kelly Jeric Krueger

      My kids love to help in the kitchen and this book looks GREAT!

      October 6, 2014 at 6:45 am
  • Reply Sandra Crispo

    Like the recipe you and your husband and child tried with the chicken, mango, potatoes. Think would like to get something like this for both my sons and then their daughters could help make recipes from a cookbook geared to kids sharing with cooking and having fun!!!

    October 6, 2014 at 2:26 am
  • Reply arlene rodriguez

    those books look like they would be a great addition to our ever growing house of grandkids!!

    October 6, 2014 at 3:26 am
  • Reply Tori

    This could also be a great resource for helping people with disabilities learn how to cook!

    October 6, 2014 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Sandra Watts

    I love the packaging too! Thanks for the review.

    October 6, 2014 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Jennifer Hiles

    My daughters (also named Ella) loves the fruit pouches. We haven’t tried any of the other products yet but we will for sure. What an interesting recipe above. I would have never thought to combine mango and potatoes but it looks delicious!

    October 6, 2014 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Kelly F

    My son just started solids and I would love Ellas cookbook to be able to have some toddler/kid friendly recipes on hand when he gets older! I bet you there are a lot of great recipes to choose from! πŸ™‚

    October 6, 2014 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Tina McCallum

    My daughter loves these snacks and they are great for on the go!

    October 6, 2014 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Jenny G.

    Love Ella’s kitchen baby food. I’d love to try their cookbook!

    October 6, 2014 at 11:19 pm
  • Reply Sarah miller

    My daughter loves Ella’s Kitchen!

    October 6, 2014 at 11:50 pm
  • Reply Michelle Bowman

    I didn’t know Ella’s Kitchen had cookbooks! Awesome!

    October 7, 2014 at 12:58 am
  • Reply Katherine Riley

    These look like fun kid user-friendly cookbooks!

    October 7, 2014 at 2:31 am
  • Reply Maile Miller

    I love having kids in the kitchen! Making such great memories amd teaching them about coming/nutrition love, love, love this!!

    October 7, 2014 at 4:11 am
  • Reply Maria Iemma

    Kids love to help in the kitchen. I let my grand kids help as much as they can and they are always excited to eat what they prepared. I love this book.

    October 7, 2014 at 6:31 am
  • Reply Hana Boccella

    Wow this bag looks amazing and I love the color. Its just what I need so I don’t have to juggle a purse and a diaper bag being a single mom of 2 anything to make my job easier is truly a blessing! !

    October 7, 2014 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Penni

    Love everything from Ella’s Kitchen, and this cookbook is no exception! Can’t wait to get my own copy and do some cooking with my niece and nephews!

    October 7, 2014 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Hannah M

    We love to cook. My husband and I have changed our eating habits over the last 10 years from eating microwaved frozen chicken nuggets to homemade roasted chicken and using the leftovers to make broth. We found that we enjoy not only eating healthier, but also the time we spend cooking together. I would love to share this passion with our daughter. These cookbooks look like just the thing to get young children interested in creating food! I look forward to checking them out, thanks!

    October 7, 2014 at 11:30 pm
  • Reply Cindy Kong

    I really love this book. I want to cook with my daughter, she tries to help me in the kitchen all the time.

    October 8, 2014 at 7:24 pm
  • Reply Jerrica Evans

    My kids love helping in the kitchen, so this book would be amazing to have.

    October 9, 2014 at 11:34 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Arellano

    How did you enjoy the process of cooking with your child?

    October 10, 2014 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Sarah Elyce

    These look great for cooking and baking with kids. πŸ™‚

    October 10, 2014 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Katherine Riley

    I love cooking with my granddaughters – I bet they would love these books.

    October 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply Kami Allen

    I love having my kids help me cook and this book would be a great addition to our family.

    October 12, 2014 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Chelsey Schaefer

    Great review

    October 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Jenny B

    The Totally cool Caribbean chicken recipe sounds excellent!

    October 16, 2014 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Katie huther

    These books look perfect for keeping my child’s meals well balanced and healthy

    October 17, 2014 at 7:04 am
  • Reply Sara M

    I love trying out new recipes, so I can’t wait to cook with my daughter. It’s something I learned from my grandmother and mom so I want to pass it on. I also want to make sure it’s fun for her!

    October 17, 2014 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Kelly Fennemore

    I am most excited about this carry love Tote in plum!!

    October 19, 2014 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Devin M

    I had a kid’s cookbook that I loved growing up but it was only for snack type foods and desserts. I love that these recipes are for actual meals. Sounds like this book is a great way to teach children about recipes and instill a love for cooking early on.

    October 20, 2014 at 6:20 am
  • Reply Franny Dee

    These are so wonderful when introducing food to babies, so much easier for moms in terms of mess. I really love the different recipes in the cookbook as well.

    October 21, 2014 at 3:28 am
  • Reply Katrina sutton

    So tasty my granddaughters mom packed a pouch for her lunch at work.

    October 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply Kelly fennemore

    Love this bag!! It’s looks like a great size and I love the color

    October 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm
  • Reply N Bear

    My daughter LOVES the nibbly fingers, and we used to be able to get them at our Walmart. I can’t find them anywhere now. I bet their cookbooks are great.

    October 25, 2014 at 11:16 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth D

    I had NO idea that Ella’s Kitchen had cookbooks! I am so excited to check these out!

    October 26, 2014 at 7:28 pm
  • Reply Linda Bradshaw

    I love this. I wish I had it for my nieces. I know they would enjoy it.

    October 26, 2014 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Sara M

    I’d never heard of Ella’s Kitchen before so I’m glad to learn about the cookbooks. I loved baking/cooking with my grandma and mother when I was a kid and I can’t wait to do so with my daughter.

    October 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm
  • Reply RICHARD HICKS

    This is a new product to me but certainly sometthing the young ones would like.

    October 30, 2014 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Laura Lajara

    I love everything about this review! And I really want to get one of those (or maybe a set of) the Ella’s kitchen books ! They spark the creativity in the minds of young children and I am an amateur chef so I would love my kids to be able to cook and love to cook with me!

    October 30, 2014 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Tamra Phelps

    I’ve never tried these products, but they look like they would be great for kids! And they look tasty, which is important!

    October 30, 2014 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Maria Iemma

    I enjoy showing/teaching my grand kids how to cook. I know they will enjoy making these. Good products.

    October 30, 2014 at 5:09 pm
  • Reply Kelly Marlow

    I would love to check out these cookbooks. I’d love to get my kids involved in the cooking.

    October 31, 2014 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Amy Smith Homhouane

    Thanks for the review! My daughter has really been getting into helping me make meals lately. Looks like something I should look into for some new recipes for us to try together. That Caribbean chicken dish sounds really good. πŸ™‚

    October 31, 2014 at 9:18 pm
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