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. December's theme is "Root Veggies Rule!", and we're having fun this month by celebrating PURPLE veggies in a yummy and kid-approved Purple Veggie Platter.
This recipe was developed by Katie Blauser, 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 - Purple
This week is all about PURPLE! The neat thing is, some of the veggies we found had purple outside, but no purple to be found inside. We stuck to root veggies and the color purple and found some new things to try. We’ve been playing the matching game from Veggie Buds Club so much this month that my oldest knew exactly what to look for and their names! He had fun seeing the drawings come to life in real vegetables at the store.
We gathered up Purple carrots, Turnips, Rutabaga, and Beets. I thought it would be a fun week to see how all of the varying vegetables taste different. We sampled each one on it’s own and talked about how they taste. We all agree beets taste like dirt! Turnips were kind of spicy, Carrots were sweet, and Rutabaga was like french fries. I served them with plain yogurt but my oldest also wanted to see what they tasted like with different dips so we later added ketchup and peanut butter.
Purple Veggie Platter
You can use any root veggies!
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Want your kids to eat more veggies?
Butternut squash and sweet potatoes can be added to so many dishes to increase nutrient density. From soup to macaroni and cheese to dips, these gorgeous orange veggies fit into them all! The hummus recipe below is a favorite in our house year-round with its savory taste and smooth texture. And this time of year it is a nice compliment to a tray of festive colored veggies. So whether you need a nutritious after school snack for your kids or a colorful dish for the neighborhood potluck, we have you covered!
This recipe was developed by Noelle Martin, a Registered Dietitian and mom of three young boys. She has a passion for education, inspiring, and empowering moms to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. Noelle loves involving her children in food planning and preparation for their home and sees the kitchen as a perfect area for teaching both academic and life skills. Follow @MotherhoodandMeals on Instagram for Noelle's nutrition tips, recipes, product reviews, and motherhood moments.
Butternut Squash (or Sweet Potato) Hummus
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Turn a bowl full of winter root veggies into crispy fritters to enjoy any time of day. Have your little chef help peel and grate the veggies, either by hand, with a box grater, or using a food processor. Crack the eggs together, then mix in a couple more ingredients and you are ready to cook. Top the veggie pancakes with a little Greek yogurt, sour cream, or even applesauce. If you have a French fry fan or potato lover, these are sure to be a hit!
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.
Root Veggie Latkes
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