Jen & Jodi’s Friendly Kitchen

I have been meaning to put together this post since the summer, but I have been particularly busy this past semester, so I never had the chance. BUT: if you happen to be looking for a last-minute gift, for someone else or for yourself, here’s an idea for you!

Owen’s daycare smells divine. When we walk through the door in the morning, we get a hint of what Jodi is cooking for lunch. It’s often the smell of sautéed garlic, to be honest! She makes gourmet food for little foodies: Palak Paneer, Thai Beef, Fish Fillets with Rosé Sauce and Quinoa, Butternut Squash Soup with Ciabatta and Cheese… Often, when I try something exotic at home, Owen turns his nose up at it, but Jodi has the magic touch.

This summer, she and her friend Jen came out with a cookbook, featuring many of the recipes Owen eats at daycare. If that weren’t enough, there are healthy-ish alternatives to traditional foods (brownies made with oat flour, for example).

Jodi told me that the book was inspired by the fact that she was always getting calls from friends before supper time asking her what she was making for dinner. And Jodi’s meals would sound fantastic, but her friends wouldn’t have the right ingredients, so they wouldn’t be able to make the same meal.

What Jodi and Jen did is unique in that it provides menus and grocery lists for an entire year of cooking. Every single week of the year has a suggested menu and shopping list. It includes seasonal ingredients and recipes, and keeps busy lifestyles in mind by having most recipes make a double batch – one to eat now, one to freeze. Then Jen and Jodi tell you when it’s time to eat the frozen meal, too, and often provide an alternate recipe for the leftovers. Another great feature of the book is that every meal planner comes in two versions, one of which is vegetarian.

The book is sold in PDF format for $9.99. Here are some photos of recipes I’ve tried (sorry if my food photography skills are limited!

Oatmeal Brownies! Gone so fast they're out of focus.
Oatmeal Brownies! Gone so fast they’re out of focus.
Dahl with Basmati Rice and Peas
Dahl with Basmati Rice and Peas
Butternut Squash Soup. And Wine...
Butternut Squash Soup. And Wine…
Red Rice and Black Beans
Red Rice and Black Beans


Bon Appétit!