There are two things that I couldn’t live without: Nickelodeon and Vodka. Oops, I mean…Nickelodeon and food. If you are the mother of a preschooler, I’m sure I don’t have to explain why I love Nickelodeon (read: cheap babysitter) and if you’re human, I don’t have to explain why I love food. Put the two together and what do you get?

Dora & Diego Let’s Cook cookbook , one of the newest editions to the Nickelodeon family that includes over 50 tasty and kid-friendly recipes. Each recipe in the book is simple to make and allows even the youngest Dora & Diego fans to be hands-on by counting, mixing and gathering ingredients. Aside from learning about healthy foods and basic culinary skills, you and your kids will be able to brush up on some common Spanish phrases like “dulce” and “excelente”. Children will hardly notice that a few of the recipes are bordering Blandsville thanks to enticing names like “Surfing Safari Fruit Salad Stacks” and “Crystal Kingdom Jewel Cups”. While I wasn’t joking about some of the foods being bland, I’m totally okay with this. Considering that the book was created for kids and not too many children I know dine on Duck Foie Gras, a featured recipe of Fish Sticks with Lime Tartar Sauce will do just fine in our house. Another great detail is that every one of the 125 pages includes bright, colorful illustrations along with high quality images of each recipe.

Angelina making the Fizzy Fruit Punch Recipe

Cool Features:

  • Fruits and Veggies Log – keep track of which fruits and veggies you eat on the chart included in the back of the book
  • Menus with Map – design a menu for special occasions by finding matching symbols throughout the book.
  • “Kids Help” Icon – keep an eye out for Dora’s best friend Boots, when you see him, you’ll know it’s a safe step for kids to help out with.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a complete review if we didn’t test drive the Dora & Diego Let’s Cook cookbook in our own kitchen. Check out this recipe for Fizzy Fruit Punch that we made and can definitely say it was muy delicioso! (and muy easy, too)

Fizzy Fruit Punch
Personal Tip #1: If you're in a rush and cannot wait 6 to 8 hours, simply mix all the ingredients (except the seltzer) in a blender with ice to create a slush. Add seltzer once the fruit slush is blended. Personal Tip #2: For a bit of a tropical flavor, add a few pinches of shredded coconut.
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple (we used frozen)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen mango, or drained jarred mango (we used fresh)
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • chilled seltzer water or club soda
  • lime, orange or pineapple wedge for garnish (we used a strawberry)
Instructions
  1. Combine orange juice, pineapple juice, pineapple, mango, banana, and lime juice in a 9x13-inch glass baking dish.
  2. Cover and freeze for 6 to 8 hours or until firm.
  3. When ready to serve, remove from freezer and let stand at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. With a spoon, scrape frozen fruit mixture to make a slush and scoop into serving glass.
  5. Fill top with seltzer.
  6. Serve with a spoon and top with a fruit wedge if you'd like.
Dora & Diego Let’s Cook cookbook is available online at Amazon.com or local bookstores nationwide.

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