When it comes to cookbooks chances are you have a whole shelf of them, mostly collecting dust. In your pre-kid days, maybe you’d dust one off and experiment with duck confit or a chocolate souffle. These days, cooking almost never includes consulting a cookbook and almost always is a mad dash to create a meal that your kids will eat, is fairly nutritious, and is not chicken fingers. For all of you parents who struggle to whip up easy, delicious and healthy meals we’ve got one word for you: Weelicious.

Catherine McCord is the genius behind Weelicous, her blog turned newly-released cookbook. A former model, Catherine doesn’t exactly fit the bill of a culinary extroardinaire. After all, didn’t someone once say, never trust a skinny chef? Catherine, who definitely could’ve gone the runway route, decided to try her hand at cooking, attending the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and working at several high-end restaurants. Perhaps most impressive, the mom of two has cultivated a staunch following of moms and dads who can’t get enough of her kid-friendly recipes (just take a look at her Facebook page that boasts close to 60,000 “likes”).

While Catherine’s food blog, Weelicious is certainly impressive, it’s her cookbook, Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes, which was released this week that really takes the cake. Catherine’s recipes are indeed easy, healthy, and yummy meals that your kids will eat. While we know that may sound a little ambitious, especially to you parents with picky eaters, we guarantee that your kids will love at least a few (if not all) of Catherine’s picks. Her easy-to-read book is broken down into meals from breakfast to snacks to dinner to dips, sauces, and salsas. She even provides a whole section on baby purees. Each recipe features an brief intro by Catherine that often outlines why her kids love the dish. The book also boasts tons of glossy, gorgeous photos of the food so you can get a good idea what the final outcome should look like.

From cottage cheese pancakes to bbq chicken quesadilla, all of Catherine’s recipes are presented in a way that doesn’t intimate even the most beginner chef. Arguably the most useful part of the book is the first 47 pages, which outlines some of Catherine’s ideas about fashioning a healthy diet from day one, food shopping with kids and getting your kids involved in the kitchen. We love the section where she gives tips on ways to buy organic for less money and what she calls the “dirty dozen”, the fruits and veggies in the market with the highest pesticide residue.

All of Catherine’s tips from her recipes to her ideas on ways to cultivate a healthy diet for your kids are pragmatic. As a mom of two kiddos, Catherine understands the challenges parents face in creating healthy and delicious meals on a budget. Click here to buy the book from Amazon and see what all the buzz is about.

What do your kids always eat? What do they never eat? Share with us your tips on creating healthy meals for your little ones in the comment section below. 

— Erin Lem