We are excited to bring you this month's post from Katie Blauser, the creator of Eat Pretty Darling. Each month on our blog we feature a "Color of the Week" that corresponds with Veggie Buds Club's veggie of the month. January's featured veggie is BROCCOLI so of course we're celebrating GREEN veggies!
Katie Blauser is the mama of two boys, wife of a picky eater, and food lover at Eat Pretty Darling. She believes in making food fun, healthy, & pretty! Katie’s not only outnumbered by boys in her little family, but also by picky eaters. She loves trying to find new ways to get both kids and adults to eat healthy while making food pretty yummy, pretty healthy, and pretty fun! Find Katie on Instagram (@eatprettydarling), where she shares colorful and cute food ideas for both picky and adventurous eaters.
Color of the Week - Green
This week is as easy one, GREEN! I think green is probably the easiest color to find in the produce section of your grocery store. But unfortunately, it can also be the hardest one to get your little ones to eat. You can find anything from fruit to vegetables, herbs to nuts. Green is such a fun color to take on for #eatprettycoloroftheweek and allows for so many options!
We picked out broccoli, spinach, avocado, and green onion and decided to make it into a savory pancake. Pancakes are always a favorite in our house so I thought it would be a great new way to introduce a food we’re still learning to like, broccoli. And what pairs better with broccoli than cheese?! These Broccoli & Cheese Pancakes are great served as pancakes for breakfast, dipped in ketchup as a side to any meal, or eaten just as they are!
There are more out there, but here’s a list to get started!
January's featured veggie is BROCCOLI at Veggie Buds Club! We hope you enjoy this delicious broccoli recipe from this month's Veggie Buds Club subscription box.
This recipe was developed by Heather Staller, a mom of two boys, ages 6 and 3, and cooking instructor specializing in bringing cooking into preschool classrooms. After college, Heather knew she wanted to be a teacher, but first followed her lifelong dream of going to culinary school. Teaching cooking combines both of her passions, and she truly enjoys introducing young children to the joys of cooking with fresh ingredients. Find Heather on Instagram (@heather.happykidskitchen), where she shares inventive kid-friendly recipes and ideas for cooking with kids at home.
Broccoli Cornbread Muffins
Have you ever made savory muffins? They are a fun and delicious way to get veggies into your day! Broccoli can be a little tricky for small hands to chop, so have your child help break apart the florets then practice sawing back and forth to trim the broccoli “leaves” off the “tree.” Chop the broccoli alongside your little chef and if he or she gets tired of cutting, your child can always help transfer the chopped broccoli to a measuring cup. Kids will also love to help by cracking the eggs, measuring the ingredients, and mixing everything all together. Enjoy!
We're starting the new year off with a delicious and sometimes a little suspicious (to kiddos, that is!) veggie- BROCCOLI. Veggie Buds Club members have received many exclusive hands-on broccoli activities in the mail (learn more here), and we are excited to share some additional kid-friendly recipes and hands-on activities here on the blog!
First of all, we like to start the month out with a list of recommended children's books featuring the veggie of the month so we hope you enjoy these great books featuring BROCCOLI! Reading about veggies is a great way to make veggies approachable, fun, and exciting for kids.
Our Veggie Buds Super Club members received the book, "Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli" by Barbara Jean Hicks this month:
In this rollicking picture book, monsters insist they don't like broccoli. They'd rather snack on tractors or a rocket ship of two, or tender trailer tidbits, or a wheely, steely stew. But boy do those trees they're munching on look an awful lot like broccoli. Maybe vegetables aren't so bad after all!
Children's Books Featuring Broccoli
"Benjamin Broccoli" by Sam Bourne
"Vegetables in Underwear" by Jared Chapman
"The Boy Who Loved Broccoli" by Sarah A. Creighton
"Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli" by Barbara Jean Hicks
"Where Does Broccoli Come From? A Book of Vegetables" by Arielle Dani Lebovitz
"There's Broccoli in My Ice Cream" by Emily MacKenzie
"Yummy, Yummy, Broccoli"
Each month, Ludavia Harvey, creator of The Preschool Workshop, develops a simple children's song for Veggie Buds Club that celebrates the veggie of the month. This is another way to make veggies fun for kids!