Eating The Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables From A to Z by Lois Ehlert is a beautifully illustrated alphabet book, perfect for introducing children to a range of new fruits and vegetables (with a host of already familiar ones scattered throughout as well).
I personally can think of no better way to optimise the learning potential of such a fabulous resource than with a series of kid friendly recipes that encourage them to explore the tastes and textures of the fruit and vegetables contained within its pages. So today I have collected together 26 recipes from A to Z that do just that. Whether you try one recipe, a few, or all of them I am sure you will have fun learning and cooking together.
A – Apple Slice
C – Easy Carrot Cake via Picklebums
E – Eggplant Chips via Homegrown Friends
F – Fig Bread via Cutting Tiny Bites
G – Frozen Grape Caterpillars via Sugar Aunts
H – Huckleberry Muffins via AllRecipes (substitute the huckleberries with blueberries if you cannot source them)
I – Indian Corn Popcorn via Mom Endeavors
J – Jicama and Pineapple Salad via Shrinking Kitchen (skip the jalapeno in the recipe if your children can’t tolerate heat or try the Jalapeno Garlic Cheese Bread from Kitchen Simmer if heat is not a problem)
N – Nectarine Apricot Applesauce via Mama. Papa. Bubba.
O – Orange Fruit Toast via Glued to My Crafts
Q – Quince and Apple Sauce via Fine Cooking
R – Raspberry & Apple Cookies via Picklebums
T – Homemade Tomato Soup via Happy Hooligans
U – Ugli Fruit (a type of tangelo) Smoothie via Daily Dish Recipes
V – Vegetable Marrow Farci via Dragon’s Kitchen
W – Watermelon Ice via The Pleasantest Thing
X – Xigua Salsa via Off the Shelf
Y – Yam Oven Fries via Better Homes & Gardens
Z – Zucchini & Lemon Muffins via Picklebums