Want to get your children more involved in the cooking? Here’s a tip from our friends at The Kids Cook Monday:
“Kids are much more likely to try new foods if they understand more about them, so get your kids invested right away! Let them help you pick a Kids Cook Monday recipe by asking them to suggest a favorite ingredient, or let them decide between two or three pre-selected dishes. Then, bring your child to the grocery store or farmers market with you so they can see all the fresh ingredients. You can even get a helping hand at home by having kids put away groceries with you!”
For more tips on getting your kids involved in cooking family dinner, visit TheKidsCookMonday.org.
Chia seeds! Once we only knew them as the green hair on chia pets, now we are getting reacquainted with them as a powerful whole food in a tiny seed form. Here are a few good reasons to add them to your diet…
Guacamole has been around for hundreds of years (it was originally made by the Aztecs as early as the 16th century), and it’s not just a chip dip for Cinco de Mayo or Super Bowl Sunday. Try adding guacamole to all sorts of dishes. Here are some ideas:
* As a spread on sandwiches and burgers.
* As a topping for baked potatoes (more nutritious than butter or sour cream).
* As a tasty addition to omelettes and egg scrambles.
* As a dip for your crudité.
In fact, guacamole works with just about everything, and it is easy to make, even for your kids:
In a bowl, mash three peeled and pitted avocados, the juice of one lime, and one teaspoon of salt. Stir in 1/2 cup of chopped onion, 2-3 tablespoons of chopped cilantro, two chopped roma tomatoes, and about 1 teaspoon of minced garlic. Refrigerate 1 hour for best flavor, or serve immediately.
For more guacamole recipe ideas, visit the California Avocado Commission.
And to dispel a myth, adding the avocado pit to the guacamole does not keep it green. Well, yes it does, but only right where the pit is covering the guacamole. The key is to keep air from touching the guacamole, so if you can’t eat it right away, lay a piece of wax paper, a flat plate, or a thin layer of salsa directly onto the guacamole. A small amount of acid like lime or lemon juice will also help prevent the avocado from oxidizing too quickly. If you want to store half an avocado, leave it in its skin, rub the cut part with a little olive oil, and store it face down on a plate in the fridge.
Roasted vegetables, polenta, cheese and tomato sauce is good no matter how it is served. Stack them all into a little tower and you suddenly look like you are kind of fancy, which, of course you are.
The vegetables here are just a beginning, any vegetable that is round and “roastable” is welcome, so go ahead and experiment with roasted red peppers, butternut squash or portobello mushrooms. To make an easy dish even easier, this recipe calls for the pre-made “polenta tubes” you can find in most grocery stores (a “fancy trick” for fancy you)…