Book Review and Giveaway- The Cleaner Plate Club

After the birth of my second child, I never really felt like myself. I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia, and realized that I was on a path to being out of control with my sugar levels and possibly on the road towards diabetes in the long run.  I decided to drastically change the way my family and I ate. One of my major rules was the ‘ Made by Me’ rule…if it isn’t made by me, we’re not eating it.  We can have cookies, but they have to be made by me so we aren’t getting preservitives, additives, food dyes etc….get the picture?

When I received this book, The Cleaner Plate Club: More Than 100 Recipes for Real Food Your Kids Will Love by Beth Bader and Ali Benjamin,  I knew right away that I was very interested in what they had to say.  The term Real Food has become kind of a popular phrase with cooking lately, but to be perfectly honest, its the direction that more households should be moving in when it comes to diet.

I love how the authors take a realistic viewpoint of the difficulties of eating real food in this day and age, as well as teaching your children about real food in a time where it doesn’t readily exist in the public eye. The first few chapters go into detail about how you can introduce ‘real food’ into your family’s diet. I love all of the shopping strategies you can use while seeking out the proper food for your family.

My favorite section of the book is the introduction to our veggies! We belong to a produce club, and often times there are veggies that I have never cooked with, let alone heard of. This book covers them all… AND has simple recipes! Yum!

Now for the fun part…would you like a copy of this book? A great addition to anyones family kitchen. Just leave a comment on this post answering this question:

What vegetable intimidates you, intrigues you, or would you like to learn more about how to cook?

I will then choose a comment using to pick the winner. Only one entry per person please. This giveaway will end on Sunday,  March 6, 2011 at 11:59pm EST.  When you leave your comment, don’t forget to input your email address in the email address section so I can get in touch with you if you have won.


I’m happy to announce that Comment #21 has won the book- Michelle wrote

“I love all sorts of vegetables but the one I have no idea what to do with is Rutabaga. Thanks for the chance to win what sounds to be an excellent book.”

Congratulations to Michelle!


  1. Audrey Keglovitz says

    Parsnips ! I live on a military post and the commissary doesn’t get them very often. I would love to learn how to cook with them.

  2. Helen says

    This books sounds like something our family needs!

    I’d like to learn to do more with broccoli than just stir-fry or steam.


  3. says

    we joined a CSA last year and there were many vegetables we got that I was intimidated by! Thanks to the internet, I was able to make some yummy vegetables (which my 3 yr old was still unwilling to sample!). Anyhow, I still had problems with kale. Would love to try more recipes for them!

    Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  4. Tara says

    bok choy. I live in an area that has a large hmong population and the farmers market has a lot of really cool vegetables I’m not really familar with including bok choy.


  5. says

    I would love this book. My little one loves veggies but I just don’t how to prepare them and make them appealing. I would love a kale recipe.

  6. Lindsey says

    Cooked greens! I’ll eat them raw in a salad and the kids won’t touch them at all. I have no idea how to cook them.

  7. says

    I am intimidated by eggplant. The few times I’ve tried to cook it, it is just horrible! I could totally use this book to get my picky eater boy to try more foods!

  8. Paige says

    We fight daily over veggie eating! I’d love to learn more about beets. They are so good but there must be more to do with them. I’d love any idea that incorporates veggies in a recipe and getting Evan to eat them!

  9. Paula says

    Eggplant intrigues me. I’ve tried it once in a restaurant and liked it very much but I don’t know how to cook it. Would love to learn!
    Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  10. Kristin says

    Right now I’m wanting to try parsnips. Gradually trying to get my kids to eat better too.

  11. Nabiha says

    For me, it would have to be artichokes..I just can’t muster up the courage to give them a try.

  12. Jen says

    I would love to find more things to do with asapragus. I love the flavor but I find that every time I buy it all I do is steam it. It tastes great that way, but it gets boring.

  13. Amy Copeland says

    I would really like to learn more about squash. What the different types are, and how to cook them. A healthy diet is important to me for my whole family, my 2 young kids and the “kid” I married. ;~)

  14. Mary says

    I would like to know more about using Spaghetti Squash.
    I am diabetic, so this book would really come in handy.


  15. nangy says

    This book is just what I need,I would love to know how to cook with eggplant,acorn squash and swiss chard,they intimidate me so much.Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Katherine says

    I would love to have more options for squash. I really don’t like it much so ususally only put zuchinni in cookies or bread..I’d love other choices.

  17. says

    I have a friend who is always making exotic veggies. I don’t even know how to spell what she’s eating, let alone cook it.

  18. Meme says

    I love all sorts of vegetables but the one I have no idea what to do with is Rutabaga. Thanks for the chance to win what sounds to be an excellent book.

  19. Nina says

    Asian vegetables. Bok Choy and its relatives choy sum, etc. I see them in the Asian market but have no idea what to do with them and how they are different.

  20. Heathery says

    I’d love to learn more about squash. I eat it fairly often at restaurants, but there are so many kinds that I have no idea which kind I’m eating, and I don’t know how to prepare them!

  21. Sandra says

    Kale and swiss chard. I want to incorporate them into our family’s diet in a way that both my husband and my son will eat them, but I haven’t found the right recipe yet.

  22. Heather says

    Oh, I’m terrified of cooking eggplant. The one time I tried, it was the most horrible, slimiest, nastiest meal I’ve ever made. I’ve avoided cooking it ever since!

  23. Claire says

    Globe Artichokes is a veg that I have no idea what to do with it. Do I peel all the leaves off? So what have I got left – not alot!!!!

  24. Julie says

    Beets! How on earth do you cook those things? How long do you cook them and how do you enhance the flavour?
    Oh yes my family (mostly the cook) could use the help of this book!

  25. Regi says

    Okra!..not Oprah! LOL. My husband is a diabetic so we are trying new vegetables. I would love this book. I laughed when I saw the title because my G-ma used to say it to me all the time. I was a member of the clean plate club and paying for it now.

  26. Sarah C says

    Hm, i’d love some ideas for iron-rich leafy-greens like kale and spinach. And I’m curious about okra too! As a kid I lived in India for a while and we ate okra often but now I’m just not sure what to do with it

  27. says

    I love to use veggies but definitely need help cooking them without taking out the nutrients (I always over cook). I have never used Kale but would love to learn to make it in a way my kids would love.

  28. Shari J says

    Fortuantely we love all of the veggies grown here in the US and I understand how to prepare almost all of the Asian veges. Just love to cook and so our kids eat them all. But, I find myself stuck in a rut with certain favorites so I would like new ideas for cauliflower and potatoes! Seems simple, eh? Well, the East Indians do wonderful things with these veggies and I would like to know more about that.

  29. Michelle says

    Tunips & parsnips. I’d love to know more ways to serve them other than mashed/pureed!

  30. KarenStalker says

    Honestly, I would love ANY suggestions or recipes. I have four EXTREMELY fussy eaters, and every dinner time is a battle…. they eat the meat we serve up, and nothing else. HELP…. I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thanks for the chance!

  31. says

    I’m intimidated by eggplant, too, due to a couple of bad experiences. I would do just about anything to get my kids to eat vegetables!

  32. Rachel S. says

    Kohlrabi, Bok Choy, Fennel….all seem so foreign to me! Would LOVE to learn more about them. That book sounds perfect for my family of little picky eaters!


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