Years ago, I was wandering around the cookbook section of one bookstore or another and I came across a book called Comfort Foods by Rita M. Harris . Some of the recipes are totally useless to me (you know when you are silly enough to buy a cookbook for a favorite recipe or two?) but one stands out in particular. With a couple of changes, the recipe for Banana Cake is the absolute best that I have ever come across. Bake it in a large pyrex, or two small ones, and it’s banana bread. Bake it in two round cake pans and frost it, and it’s good enough to be a cake.
I must admit, I have never had a problem getting my kids to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. I know, though, that I am in the minority (don’t call it luck–it’s at least 95% training!) and that parents sometimes resort to all sorts of subterfuge to get their children to eat healthy. Ick. Please don’t hide spinach in your children’s brownies–it’s doesn’t pack that much of a nutritional punch and definitely doesn’t teach them to eat healthy.
Clare Crespo, along with Country Crock, has come up with a whole bunch of really fun recipes (kind of like food crafts) which could probably coax even the pickiest eater to take at least a tiny bite.
Spelt is full of energy and good stuff stuff (in fact, it’s one of Dr. Oz’s recommended energy foods.) dont be scared of making it–if you know how to make rice, you can make spelt.
Spelt Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
1 cup uncooked spelt, soaked overight
1/4 cup dried currants or raisins
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup shelled edamame
1/4 cup minced onion or shallot
1 Tbsp orange zest
2-3 Tbsp orange juice
2 tsp rice wine vinegar, champagne or white wine vinegar
2 Tbsp olive oil
1. Place soaked spelt with one cup of water in a pot. Bring to a boil.
Making cookie cutter sugar cookies with kids is a great activity…but the process of rolling it out, cutting cute shapes, scraping it up and rolling it out yet again is sometimes just too many steps.
Not one to use mixes or pre-made cookie dough (too many additives, way too expensive and never as yummy as homemade!), I’ve been looking for a simple recipe for plain, delicious cookies that my kids could have fun decorating.
I picked up one of those Taste of Home magazines at the checkout counter the other day for some cookie inspiration, and found a great recipe to play with, changed it up a little and hear you have it.
No Roll Sugar Cookies
It’s getting warmer outside and I am dreaming of all sorts of light Summer salads!
I made this tonight as an additional topping for my Veggie Tacos. So yummy, and took under 10 minutes to make!
1/2 head of cabbage, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
2 tsp celery seed
1/2 tsp cumin
Juice of 1 lime
3-4 Tbsp Olive Oil
Sea salt to taste
Mix all ingredients together. Mix it really well. Eat 🙂
I love stuffed vegetables and my kids love eating them because they’re so much fun to dissect on your plate. A lot of recipes take a lot of work, a lot of time or both. This one requires neither! It could be served as a side dish, but we eat as a main dish with some roasted vegetables (like cauliflower) on the side.
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Israeli Couscous, Apples and Cranberries
1 acorn squash
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
2 small onions, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 small apple, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup dried cranberries