While the kids are home during spring break or even for a fun after-school snack that we, as green parents can feel great about, try adding some flare to your child’s plate! After all, the saying “presentation is everything” had to come from someone who knew a little something about pretty food. My guess is that it came from a kid. Really, kids hate when things look weird and mushy or it’s too brown or it’s got fuzz on it or – you know what I mean! So the secret to getting our kids to DESIRE the foods we want them to eat? Easy peasy….make it look fun!
Here’s a cute spring recipe ideas to get you going!
Vegetable Flowers (familyfun)
fresh spinach leaves
1 16-ounce container sour cream (Vegan sour cream is a great substitute for those with dairy allergies)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons minced, fresh parsley
2 tablespoons minced, fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove garlic, crushed)
2 tablespoons grated onion (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Set out vegetables and let your kids design their own flowers (there is no right or wrong way of doing this). We used radish slices and cucumber rounds for petals, cherry tomatoes for flower centers, celery sticks for stems, spinach for leaves, and baby carrots for grass.
Ranch Dip: In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and vinegar until smooth. Add the parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion, if desired, and salt and pepper and stir. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.