Kids can have strong opinions about food, and sometimes vegetables can be low on their interest list. If you get them involved in cooking, you may just discover the next biggest veggie consumer, after you of course, in your own home! So next time your kids ask for a pre-packaged food like an onion dip, store bought pesto or hummus, take a picture of the ingredients, then together come up with your variation or search on-line for an easy homemade recipe. Always choose the one what includes extra veggies or herbs in the ingredients or serve with colorful vegetables. Once you’ve made it, go back and compare the number of ingredients you used, versus the long list of ingredients on the package. Chances are yours is healthier and more recognizable!
Check out this tasty homemade kid-developed recipe for caramelized onion dip:
Makes 8 servings. Serving size 2 Tbsps.
Calories: 34 cal; Carbohydrate: 2 grams; Fat: 1.75 grams; Saturated fat: <.05; Protein: 3 grams; Sodium: 100mg: Potassium 59mg.
Don’t stop here, let your children choose a few simple meals that you can cook together a couple of times a week! You’ll be helping them learn a life long skill while spending quality time together on something that is right for you and your family’s health! Not sure how to get started? Check out the Super Crew’s Guide to Cooking with the Kids!