The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.
A few weeks ago I made a fantastic discovery: my four year old daughter Lucy will eat just about anything, even asparagus, if it is purple. Talk about a kitchen miracle! Even though the asparagus cooks up green, it began as purple and so to her it was wonderful enough to happily put on her plate and into her mouth, while my husband and I watched with jaw-dropped amazement.
For this month’s Cooking with Kids feature, I wanted to share a few more lessons that I have learned in the kitchen when cooking for, and with, my children.
Lesson learned: my kids will eat just about anything in muffin form
One of the best kitchen discoveries this month came in the form of a muffin. Much to my delight, I found out that fruits the children don’t particularly care for on their own, like rhubarb or pears, and even some veggies, such as grated carrots, they WILL eat in the form of a muffin - sweet or savory.
Eureka! This goes right up there with my discovery of smoothies for getting healthy foods into my children.
We tried out Aimee’s muffin recipe from Simple Bites and have been making a batch at least once a week ever since, trying out all different combinations. I add a salad to our muffins and this has been our lunch nearly every week day of the season so far.
Lesson learned: bite-sized is better
I recently made the Zucchini cakes recipe from the Nourishing Traditions cookbook. When I first made this recipe the children didn’t really care for them. However, my husband and I loved them so I thought I would try again.
This time, instead of making them pancake sized, I made them smaller, like a potato chip, and added a dipping sauce the kids. Suddenly all of the kids found the zucchini cakes more palatable, even delicious.
The lesson I learned was that my kids prefer smaller, bite-sized portions. And, dipping sauce doesn’t hurt.
Lesson learned: don’t underestimate their palates
This is a lesson that I already knew, but evidently needed to re-learn. My anti-lemonade child (yes, it is true, he doesn’t like lemonade) surprised me by loving the lemon ice cream that my oldest daughter and I made together over the weekend. Even when his mother had the poor judgement to blurt out, “you won’t like it, honey, it’s lemon” (I know. I can’t believe I said that either.) Well, Max loved it.
This just goes to show that he knows better than I do what his palate is and I should just keep mum and let him try new things. He just might surprise me, especially if I keep my opinions to myself.
Other recipes and food we’ve been enjoying at our house this month:
- Flourless Zucchini Brownies ::: Delighted Momma
- purple asparagus with blueberry balsamic sauce (the sauce was a recent eMeals discovery)
- strawberries fresh from the garden
- banana pudding
- Eggs Benedict a la’ the Pioneer Woman’s new cookbook
- Strawberry Jam Yogurt Pops ::: Simple Bites
- Watermelon Lime Sorbet ::: Food for My Family (we had no success freezing this in the melon, finding it too difficult to carve into slices once frozen, but the kids did love it served up slushie style)
What have you and your kids been cooking up in the kitchen lately? Any surprises? Hot weather kids pleasers? I’d love it if you’d share your kitchen adventures in the comments (and share links if you’ve got them – we’re always on the lookout for new food to try!)