Build a Pizza Garden for less money and in less time than delivery.
Recently I had a brilliant idea! If I want my kids to eat what we grow, I have to grow with they want to eat first. What do most kids want to eat? Pizza! I will make a pizza garden. So it was off to the hardware store I went. Thankfully, I was able to find exactly what I needed very quickly. I grabbed four of these cinderblock bricks and one piece of 2x6x12 untreated pine (cedar also works). They cut them into four 3 foot pieces in most stores too. The wood was less than $6 total and the bricks were about $2.50 each. The grand total for a raised garden bed- $16.00!Continue reading
Do you love edamame? Those green soybeans you eat at Japanese restaurants are so nutritious and a good source of fiber. Actually it’s my favorite! It’s low in fat, low in calories but are so crunchy and delicious. Since I want my family to eat healthy, I decided to try some new recipes and this Edamame Bean Salad Recipe is a winner! I love how colorful it turned out and it’s so easy to prepare and make.
Nothing says fall to me like butternut squash. I know everyone swoons over pumpkin flavored everything but for me butternut squash far surpasses the flavor of pumpkin as a sign that fall has arrived. This fall roasted vegetable recipe is super easy and feeds a crowd so it is perfect for family get together. It is also great because you can pair this dish of roasted veggies with any kind of meat. We usually have it with pork tenderloin but recently had it with baked tilapia. Bonus: butternut squash is in season and only $0.99/lb at my produce market.
Cut all the vegetables into bite size pieces. Mix together with enough olive oil to coat the vegetables and add salt and pepper to your liking. Roast in the oven @ 375º F for about 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
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We all know that eating vegetables are good for you, But how do you get your kids to actually eat them? This is a problem that I’m sure most parents have faced at some point. Lucky for me, my little girl loves her veggies, and usually eats them first! It wasn’t always like that though! It took some time and a few late nights at the table. Here are some tips and tricks on how to get your kids to eat vegetables!
1. Don’t let your kids think that “green stuff” is bad.If everyone in your family eats broccoli and no one makes a big deal out of it,chances are your child won’t realize that anything is amiss. This has to includes both parents! If one parent happens to really hate broccoli, maybe that parent needs to try it again for themselves. It’s not really fair to ask your child to eat something you won’t eat yourself. Kids notice everything, and if the veggie in question never makes an appearance on someone’s plate, they will know.
2.Have a “Try It” rule. Make it a rule that all vegetables must be tried at least once every time it appears on their plate. Some kids will try to use the “I tried it last time and didn’t like it” excuse. With the try it rule, that excuse will not work. In fact, studies show that repeat exposure to new tastes and flavors is often needed before kids will actually like a new food. In other words, the more othey try it, the greater the chances that they will like it!
3.Have a grocery store adventure! A grocery store Adventure is where each child has to pick out a new vegetable to try. Make it a game! Research the vegetable online when you get home. Look for pictures of the vegetable to color, check out the history of the vegetable, and the tastiest way to cook and eat it. Getting the kids involved will increase your chance that they will be excited to try the new vegetable.
4.Think of creative ways to cook each vegetable. If you have only ever served zucchini raw,and your kids hate it, try it sautéed in butter or olive oil. Cauliflower is good steamed and sprinkled with a little parmesan cheese and Italian breadcrumbs. It makes the vegetable fun and interesting, (and a little less veggie like) and you kids will be more likely to give it a try without a fight!
5.host a family “color” night. This works better with younger kids. Plan ahead and serve only foods in whatever color the family has chosen. Purple cauliflower or yellow squash might disappear off the plate if your kids are having fun. The point is to make a game of it o that way your kids will be excited about finding all kinds of fun foods in different colors.
6. Let the kids cook! Brave the messy kitchen and let them cook (and help clean up). Most kids learn by actually doing and this is no exception. For younger children you can start by mashing cauliflower to make “mashed potatoes”. For the older children you can let them make a salad, or cut up veggies to add to dishes. Your kids are much more likely to try something that they helped make.
It’s always important to find what works for your family. In order to find this out, it’s your job as a parent to try different ways until one sticks! Kids want your approval, sometimes they just need that little push to do the right thing. Do you have any other great ways on how to get your kids to eat vegetables?
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