Archive for the ‘cooking with toddlers’ Category

Fennel Slaw {#PicnicGame}

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

With an unusual stretch of pleasant weekends here in DC, we’ve been getting really good use out of our picnic blanket. (Even laying it out to watch the USA match on the big screen at Mosaic District Monday night — so fun!)

Today we are celebrating International Picnic Day by bringing you a basket packed with goodies from A to Z, in the style of the picnic game! Drop by the Sunday Supper Movement to see the whole picnic spread out on our virtual blanket.

I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…
Asian Chicken Salad from Try Anything Once Culinary
Beautiful Beet Salad from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Chicken Muffuletta from Marlene Baird
Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups from The Dinner-Mom
Elote from Peaceful Cooking

and

Fennel Slaw!

fennel and grape slaw | foodietots.com

This tangy, cool salad is a perfect complement to grilled fish or chicken. The foodie tot joined me in the kitchen to whisk together the yogurt dressing and assemble the salad. While she’s no fan of yogurt on its own, she agreed that the finished dressing was tasty and even took a few bites of the salad at dinner. More proof that kids who cook are more likely to try something new. And serving up new foods in a fun and laid back setting, like a picnic, is even better!

foodie tot makes fennel slaw

Recipe: Fennel Slaw

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 bulbs fennel, core removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 small white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions:

1. Place sliced onion in a bowl of water and let soak for 10 minutes, while preparing salad. (This helps take the bite off.)
2. In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, vinegar, honey and salt. Set aside.
3. Drain onions and pat dry. Gently toss fennel, onion and dressing in a separate bowl. Fold in cut grapes. Chill until ready to serve.

What’s your favorite salad for a picnic?

Red, White & Blueberry Pizzas {#FoodieTotsWorldCup}

Monday, June 16th, 2014

While strawberry season is sadly winding down, there were plenty of new berries at the farmers market this weekend — namely blueberries, raspberries and both sour and sweet cherries. As we get ready to cheer on the US in the World Cup, these red, white and blueberry sweet pizzas are a perfect project for the kids in the kitchen.

red white and blueberry pizzas | foodietots.com
Recipe: Red, White & Blueberry Pizzas
Makes 4

Ingredients:
4 whole wheat tortillas
1/2 cup whole milk ricotta
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
2 tablespoons olive oil
cinnamon-sugar

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 425. Place 2 tortillas on each of 2 baking sheets. Brush to coat with olive oil.
2. Spread ricotta over each tortilla and arrange berries on top. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon-sugar.
3. Bake about 10 minutes, until berries begin to burst and ooze juices. Let cool and slice into wedges with a sharp knife or pizza cutter.

Stay tuned — our goal is to cook one dish from each country Team USA plays. And of course the host country, Brazil! Care to join us? Post a picture of your global dish on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #FoodieTotsWorldCup.

Cheddar Cheese Crackers {#KidsCook}

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

As luck would have it, I was assigned preschool snack duty on the day of the kids’ Halloween parade. Obviously no ordinary fruit and crackers would do, so I decided it was time to make some homemade cheese crackers. The tot and I headed to the store in search of Halloween cookie cutters, but came home with these adorable woodland animals instead. I used the owls for Halloween, and, as her class is the Penguins, you can bet there will be a batch (or several) of penguins in the near future!

healthy preschool halloween snack | foodietots.com

I tweaked a couple recipes to make a simple version, using part all-purpose and part white wheat flour. (White wheat is a lighter whole wheat flour made by King Arthur flour.) I might try all white wheat next time, but for now these turned out light, cheesy and crisp. Lots of homemade cheese cracker recipes call for cayenne pepper, but I skipped that since I was serving them to three-year-olds. A dash of ground mustard powder was enough to boost the cheesy flavor. Try them and see what you think!

Kids Cooking Tip: All the mixing is done in a food processor, so be sure to enlist the little ones to press the button on and off. Older kids can help grate the cheese. And of course, rolling and cutting is always a fun task for little helpers.

Cheddar Cheese Crackers | FoodieTots.com

Recipe: Homemade Cheddar Cheese Crackers

Makes 3 dozen small crackers

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • optional: sunflower seeds or pepitas

Instructions:

  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  2. Place first six ingredients in food processor and pulse a few seconds at a time, until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Add milk and pulse a few more times until dough begins to stick together.
  4. Press dough together and chill for 15 minutes in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. On a lightly floured cutting board, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into 1-inch squares or use a small cookie cutter to cut shapes. Use blunt end of a wooden skewer to poke eyes, or if cutting into squares, poke each in the center. If using seeds, press firmly into the dough.
  6. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake 12-15 minutes, until edges are golden. Cool completely on cooling rack, then store in airtight container.

Kids Cook: Strawberry Radish Salsa {and Delaplane Strawberry Festival}

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

We took advantage of the unusually mild weather this past holiday weekend to finally check out the Delaplane Strawberry Festival in Virginia’s Fauquier County. The annual event is packed with old-fashioned family fun, from the cupcake walk and face painting to tug-of-war, potato sack races, hay rides and pony rides. There were food vendors and live music, too. There’s not much better than chowing down on crab cake sandwiches while the kids dance to bluegrass under a bright blue sky.

foodietots @ the delaplane strawberry festival

We capped the day off with strawberry sundaes. Unfortunately they’d sold out of fresh berries, and other local farms were struggling to keep up with demand over the busy weekend. Our cool spring has delayed our summer berries and fruits, but I hear there will be plenty of berries available by this coming weekend.

Whether you pick your berries at the farm or just pick them up at market, here’s a fun salsa recipe that incorporates the radishes that are also in season.

Strawberry Radish Salsa

Recipe: Strawberry Radish Salsa
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped radish
  • 1 finely chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions:

1. In a small bowl, combine chopped strawberries, radish and green onion.

2. In an even smaller bowl, whisk together honey and vinegar until honey is dissolved. Pour mixture over strawberries and stir gently to combine.

3. Let stand at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before serving.

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view from Sky Meadows State Park

That’s the view from Sky Meadows State Park, where the festival was held. Mark your calendars for Memorial Day weekend, 2014. We’ll see you there!

(As a reminder, here are some of our favorite places to pick strawberries in Northern Virginia — but remember to ALWAYS call first to confirm availability before you make the trip.)

Baking with Plum Organics {and Giveaway}

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

It’s amazing how many new products for kids have been developed even just in the four years between the births of my son and daughter, particularly in the natural and organic category. Take baby food — the first time around, there was only one organic alternative on the market. This time, there are all-natural and organic options everywhere you look, at health food stores and mainstream retailers alike. I still made most of my daughter’s food, but we also found ourselves picking up the new organic pouches for meals on the go — like these from Plum Organics. Because pouches allow the food to be heated to lower temperatures than traditional jarred food, the food tastes fresher and retains more nutrients (without additives or preservatives). Most importantly, they taste more like homemade and blend flavors I might not have thought of, like blueberry, pear and purple carrot.

baking with plum organics

While the youngest is a toddler now, and eating whatever we eat, purees can still provide an extra boost of nutrition at meal time. They can be mixed in to soups or pasta, used as a dip for veggies and crackers, or used like you would applesauce to reduce the fat (butter or oil) content in baked goods. Take these Carrot Oat Cakes I developed for Plum’s Little Foodies Cookbox campaign. Full of fiber and a little sweet, they’re perfect for a quick breakfast or after school snack.

plum organics carrot oat cake

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GIVEAWAY: Plum Organics has provided a “Yum Kit” for one lucky reader, which contains coupons, stickers, and a variety of Plum pouches. To enter, leave a comment below sharing your little one’s favorite early food. The giveaway closes at 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, May 6. Please include a valid email in the comment form. Giveaway is open to US residents only.

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Disclosure: I was compensated by Nest Collective, parent company of Plum Organics, for developing a recipe as part of the Little Foodies Cookbox campaign and received products for the purposes of hosting this giveaway. All comments and opinions are my own.