{giveaway} No Whine With Dinner

We’ve been sitting on this giveaway for 10 weeks now. Why? Amanda & Sarah are having a hard time giving it up! They have been passing the book back & forth trying the recipes on their families with great success. They’ve both purchased copies for themselves, so we have the copy for one of our lucky readers!

I will be honest. The Meal Makeover Moms, Liz Weiss & Janice Newell Bissex’s newest cookbook is geared towards caregivers of kiddos from ages 2 through high school age. This is not a sexy soup/canning & preserving/curing/food history book but a no non-sense cookbook that is chock full with real advice, tips and tricks on how to get your children to eat a healthy diet while not skimping on taste. All 150 easy-to-make recipes have nutritional information (both authors are registered dietitians) and have been tested by their fan base of families (we were almost a taste-test family until Miles’ food allergies were “discovered”). The recipes range from snacks to deserts to crockpot meals to breakfast to vegetarian and more! There is a chapter with guest food blogger’s recipes and 50 tips and tricks from fellow moms on feeding their children.


  • Introduction
  • The Meal Makeover Moms’ Healthy Basics
  • Morning Makeovers
  • Lunch Box Winners
  • Soups to Savor
  • Pasta & Pizza Favorites
  • Make ‘em Again Dinners
  • Slow Cooker Creations
  • Meatless Meals
  • Crazy About Casseroles
  • Vegetables You Don’t Have to Hide
  • Sips & Smoothies
  • Snack Attack
  • Dreamy Desserts
  • Bloggers’ Best
  • 50 Moms’ Secrets for Getting Picky Eaters to Try New Foods

Recipes from the book:

Black Bean Brownies, via Amanda.
Greek Chicken and Chickpea Stew, via Sarah.
Fruity Chicken Kabobs, via MMM’s blog
Grab-N-Go Granola Bars, via MMM’s blog

According to Amanda: “I have enjoyed the book as the recipes are very easy, simple and quick to make.  Most of the ingredients listed are things you already have in your kitchen.  I also like that they have the break down of nutritional information for each recipe. Many of the recipes are ones your family has probably been making for a long time but with a little twist.  For example, their chili recipe I made for the Soup Swap 2011 event. The kids LOVED it! Our family loves chili but I never thought of adding sweet potatoes, it worked, everyone loved it and we’ve already made it again!”



  • Open to US residents only
  • Giveaway ends at midnight Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 (running for 2 weeks)
  • We will be picking the winning comment randomly via random.org.
  • All entries (up to three total) need to be in the form of a comment BELOW.

1st comment: What is your biggest challenge feeding your child(ren)? Time? Picky Eating? Food Allergies?

2nd comment: “like” us on Facebook, then comment below that you did so or tell us you already are!

3rd comment: “like” The Meal Makeover Moms on Facebook, then comment that you did so or tell us you already are!

Again, ALL entries (up to three total) need to be in the form of a comment below on this post only.



30 Comments Add yours

  1. Lana says:

    I was curious about this book since Alden is a “whim” eater. Our biggest challenge is definitely the allergies, but I’d love to get a few more tricks up my sleeve to figure out how to get him to try a few new things. He hangs out at the counter when we cook already and we’ve tried to not make a big deal out of eating at the table. We don’t comment whether he eats a lot… or nothing at all.

    I read somewhere to bring out empty plates and then serve food on the table where the kids can “choose” what to eat. I’m still not convinced about that with a 2.5 year old… but I’ll give anything a try. I’m open!

  2. Sarah Holdaway says:

    My husband and I do not yet have children but I suffer from a gulten alergy in addition to some other stomach alements. It has been difficult to find great tasting gulten free meals that I can make at home and that we both can eat. I am not a fan of cooking two different meals at dinner time. I made the brownies the other night from Amanda’s post as a treate and my husband thought they were the best desert I have ever made.


  3. Sarah Holdaway says:

    I have been a fan of yours on facebook since before Christmas. I have made many of the meals from your posts and they are always a hit with my husband and friends.

  4. Sarah Holdaway says:

    I just “liked” Make Over Mom’s on Facebook. They have at least two different meals I am going to make this weekend.
    Thank you for introducing me to their site and ideas!

  5. Laura says:

    Both my 2.5 and 3.5 year old boys are picky eaters. They like big flavors and textures (think crispy, salty, tangy) but reject anything resembling vegetables as if we are trying to poison them! Getting them to taste and try anything new is always a battle – I NEED this book!!!!!!

  6. Laura says:

    I already like you! : )

  7. Amanda Speciale says:

    I have a 3 1/2 year old son who is incredibly, incredibly picky. Anything involving vegetables is a big struggle with him unless I puree them into something he can drink. I have to tell ya, he is getting pretty tired of the same thing day in and day out. I really want to ensure that he is getting all the nutrients he needs and am looking for any quick, fun and kid friendly ideas to try. I am so excited about this book and am anxious to see what it has in store for my son and my family.

  8. Amanda Speciale says:

    I have been an avid reader also since the beginning of December. I found out about the website from my old co-worker Chris, found the website on her facebook page and have been actively checking it on a daily basis. It has really changed my whole view about the way I am eating and have made several recipes of the website and posts that have been a big hit with my husband and parents. Thank you for all the great ideas! Keep em coming!!

  9. Amanda Speciale says:

    Pretty Pretty Pretty please let me be the winner lol 🙂

  10. Kyla says:

    I like From Scratch Club

  11. Kyla says:

    I like Meal Makeover Moms on FB.

  12. Kyla says:

    My biggest challenge feeding my toddler is coming up with ideas for meals. I get stuck in ruts, and find myself feeding the same things all the time.

  13. We are going through picky-eater struggles now, our daughter will eat most of the foods she is familiar with, but won’t go back to some she used to love (namely any vegetables!). She seems to be craving carbs right now so we’re doing lots of oatmeal and whole-grain bread. We’re struggling to introduce new foods, we can’t get her to try much, even with our trick of asking her to just at least put it on her tastebuds. Our family could use some ideas and recipes! My husband and I are professional bakers, but I just don’t seem to have the same creativity when it comes to dinner. Liked MMM on FB, *love* FSC!

  14. 4megsmusing says:

    I’ve been enjoying this blog for months now, always chock full of great info! I’d really like to have this book for many reasons. One, I really enjoy cooking especially with my kids and I’m always on the hunt for more healthy ways to do it. Also, I have many dietary restrictions myself and find it difficult to find things that I can have and everyone else will like too. I find that recipes geared toward kids are the easiest to modify when necessary, and are usually really good. I also love to share new recipes and cook books with my other Mom friends…I get a strange enjoyment from sharing those types of things!

  15. 4megsmusing says:

    I like From Scratch club on FB.

  16. 4megsmusing says:

    I like The Meal Makeover Moms on FB.

  17. nik says:

    Picky eater! Why is it kids never like the healthy stuff?

  18. Amanda Gibbs says:

    My biggest challenge with my 18 month old is picky eating. She likes what she likes:) I would love some ways to add in some extra nutrients.

  19. Amanda Gibbs says:

    I “liked” you on Facebook.

  20. Amanda Gibbs says:

    I “liked” Meal Makeover Moms on Facebook.

  21. Vanessa Perkins says:

    Biggest challenge: TIME! I need to get better at meal planning (been getting better, but there’s a lot of room for improvement). Now the I’m planning a little, I need more variety of easy things to make. Especially on the days that I’m working. It’s so much easier to get X to eat when he’s not tired yet!

  22. Vanessa Perkins says:

    You’ve been *loved*/*Liked* on fb for a while now!

  23. Vanessa Perkins says:

    I “liked” Meal Makeover Moms on Facebook.
    (That’s funny it says that I’m commenting too fast and I need to slow down!)

  24. Jenny H says:

    My biggest problem is feeding a single meal that everhyone will eat for 3 kids with 3 different tastes/likes.

  25. Kelly Pramberger says:

    My biggest challenge is getting my 3.5 year old to try new things. Also trying to get my husband to do the same!

  26. Kelly Pramberger says:

    Like you on Facebook!

  27. Kelly Pramberger says:

    Like Meal Makeovers on Facebook!

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