What are some ways you get your kids in the kitchen with you?
I think allowing them to cook with you, really cook even over the stove and cut with knives can be good for them. Cooking ends up a reading lesson, a math lesson, a fine motor skills activity, bonding and confidence building, and a lesson to listen very closely to mama.
Plus, hey free labor 😉 (Ok, it’s actually more work, but worth it)
Here are Maria and Elijah making dessert for us, brown rice crispy treats. Our thought is the more they are comfortable with cooking, the better they will be at this very real and necessary skill. Even teaching them the proper way to cut and cook, right along side us, can prevent future accidents and sharpen skills.
I thought I would share just one random day of meals in our family. We have been enjoying gardening, and needing to eat from it often to keep up! We have been picking and picking, and there is more and more the next day.
Plus, nothing like seeing your kids chowing chard.
So, for breakfast we usually do green smoothies, eggs from our chickens with chopped up veggies, or just plain to start. Elijah craves eggs and can put down 4 just himself. FOUR!!
So this morning we had tomato omelets, mangoes and zucchini muffins that I made last night because I found a zucchini that was going soft. Our rule as a family is to be good stewards of this earth and the food we have. To chose wisely, eat healthy and not waste. Our garden fits with this because our food doesn’t need to be trucked or bussed around the country or sprayed with pesticides.
Smoothy faces. The greens d’jour were beet greens that we pick, and they just keep growing back. So selfless 😉
Ok, so one of the main reasons I wanted to write this post is for this lunch recipe! I told some friends I would share this Kale Pesto sandwich spread that we can’t even believe. Never a better sandwich in our LIVESSSSS!!!!!!!
We were all flipping out, anyways.
Here was lunch:
Avocado Turkey Sandwiches with Kale Pesto
Sandwiches on Ezekiel Bread, which we have 100% switched to. I had never known the reason or importance of sprouted anything, I thought it was just random. In fact, when I would go pick bread, I couldn’t even handle all the options–whole wheat? Gluten free? Chia Seeds, honey nut? Stop…
Well, ok, so after a little research, we discovered Ezekiel 4:9 and it’s not only the best, but soaking and sprouting has SO many health benefits.
Ok, and so here is the Kale Pesto! So amazing. We found the original recipe on How You Glow a website for more plant based eating.
-So we started out with the kale from our garden, SO happy to find a great recipe for it that wasn’t salad.
Their recipe calls for a mix of nuts like almonds and pine nuts, but we put brazil nuts because that’s what we had, and it was awesome! 1/4 cup of olive oil, splash of balsamic, salt and vinegar. So simple, but OH MY GOSH! Listen, anyone would like this. My kids flipped.
Meanwhile as I made this spread and toasted bread, the boys tried their hand at watercoloring butterflies. Then switch to finger paint, because water colors weren’t cutting it in their book.
After I ran all the ingredients through the food processor for a bit, I spread it on one side of the bread, avocado on the other and turkey in the middle.
Our blueberries are in full bloom right now, they are so good, we want a couple more plants, cause yes.
And Voila! The best sandwich you’ll have! Plus, healthy is yes. Who needs multivitamins when you can have kale pesto AmIRight?
So our family loves this stuff, and I have this weird rule about not dissecting your sandwich, just pick it up and eat the darn thing, danggit! But on kale pesto day, I will sometimes let them eat the pesto side first 😉
Dinners are always random at our house. We like to try new things, branch out (AKA cook whatever is in the fridge) Today was South Western BBQ Chicken Salads. Cook chicken with taco seasoning, red and green bell peppers, green onions a can or black beans and corn and one tomato cut up. Dressing is bbq sauce mixed with ranch–which is GOOD.
Hmm, now I feel weird we had salad this night. I swear we don’t eat salad all the time, we have our fair share of fish tacos and burgers and pizza–although we are slowly shifting to less. But with that garden wanting to give us so much food, and legit recipes that make it all better than any kind of take out, we’re happy.
We still have kombucha daily, and love it. We have been sharing scobies with friends so they can start brewing their own as well. This morning we gave one with some starter liquid to Elijah’s awesome infant ed teacher. Bring on the health!
Ok, so share with me your recipes! What are you fool proof, healthy recipes, bonus for anything plant-y. We are also thinking about setting up a DIY Kombucha shop here with a little package of everything you will need to get going!
Do you let your kids cook with you? It is not natural for me! I usually like to take that time to do my own thing, but it has turned into something special.
And we really don’t mind messes…which is helpful 😉
Pin Kale Pesto here—–>http://www.pinterest.com/pin/181762534935714710