Ever wonder how to get your kids involved in the kitchen? Here are a few tips that I offer to my clients…whether you have young children, nieces, nephews, neighbors, family or friends…these tips are sure to get your little ones active and entertained in the kitchen.
- Cucumber Caterpillar: Slices of cucumber held together with natural peanut butter. Place the Caterpillar on ‘greens’ to look like grass.
- Taco or Burrito Bar: Serve brown rice, black beans, onions, hot peppers, sprouted grain or gluten free tortillas, broccoli, arugula, cauliflower, guacamole and salsa. Add nuts, seeds and spices in tiny serving dishes to jazz up the flavors!
- Salad Bar: Spin your greens in a salad spinner, then dress dry greens with a lime dressings made by combining sesame oil, fresh lime juice, low-sodium tamari, cayenne pepper, agave nectar, balsamic vinegar and water.
- Mashed Potato Parfaits- Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips and carrots mixed together…topped with raisins, cinnamon, shredded coconut and agave nectar
- Individual Pizzas: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Choose gluten free or sprouted whole grain tortillas, caramelized onions, spinach, red onion, mushrooms, kalamata olives, artichokes, fresh basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add each ingredient atop each tortilla and bake for 20 minutes.
- Panini Party: Gluten Free or sprouted whole grain bread, SoyaKaas Gluten Free/Dairy Free cheese, tomato slices, eggplant slices, fresh basil leaves, balsamic vinegar, avocado, zucchini and squash slices. Add all ingredients to 2 slices of bread. Place onto a panini maker (sprayed with cooking spray); cook until cheese is melted and veggies are warm and cooked. Dip into marinara (red) sauce.
- Stir-Fry: Switch up your usual recipe with unique grains such as millet, quinoa or buckwheat.
- Fruit Salad: Add exotic fruits to spice up the flavors. Use a melon baller and serve in a wine glass to add to the allure of this meal. Add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt atop each fruit salad serving and sprinkle with cinnamon and stevia.
- Slaw Wraps: Cabbage, celery, carrots, bok choy, mushrooms, peppers, snap peas, bean sprouts, snow peas, green beans and Napa Slaw can easily be combined and wrapped in rice paper. Liven up this dish by pairing it with a special sauce of grapefruit juice, ginger, balsamic vinegar, lemonade and seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower. Toss with fresh apples or cumin roasted chick peas. Adding berries such as blackberries, raspberries and cherries add a nice antioxidant punch to these wraps.
- Peanut Butter Chicken Fajitas: The best way to make a good peanut sauce is by combining organic peanut butter, fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, agave nectar and low-sodium tamari/soy sauce.
- Frozen Basil and Banana Pops: Blend together 2 cups ice, 2 cups fresh basil leaves, 1 ripe banana, 1 cup fresh mint leaves, 1 1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup agave nectar in a blender. Blend well and pour into glasses! This is a wonderful treat for a healthy dessert!
Have fun and experiment with some of my ideas above…Getting the kids active in the kitchen is fun…and who knows, your kids may just start to ‘enjoy’ their veggies!!!