June is Lettuce Month at Veggie Buds Club and we are excited to bring you this yummy kid-approved recipe from Katie at Eat Pretty Darling! You can find more kid-friendly lettuce recipes and activities that are guaranteed to make lettuce tasty for your children in our Lettuce Activity Book!
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.
Monochromatic Meal: GREEN!
We love making whole meals in one color! It helps get my picky eaters more interested in the foods that they are still exploring. Have your children pick 4-5 green colored foods to serve for a meal. They can even help prepare them with you! Serve them up on a color themed plate or even in a muffin tin to make it more like a sampling platter. Do the different foods taste, look, and smell different even though they are the same color? There are SO many great green foods out there. Have fun picking which ones to add to your monochromatic plate!
Green Food Ideas
Septemer is Bean Month at Veggie Buds Club and we are excited to bring you this super green recipe from Katie at Eat Pretty Darling! You can find more recipes and tons of fun bean activities in our "Bonkers for Beans!" eBook, check it out here.
Let’s face it, we don’t all have access to farm stands and gardens year round to source our fresh produce each week. Most of us have to count on the grocery store to fill our bellies, but there’s still a fun way to get the kids involved!
Each week me and my sons head out to the grocery store with a color to find! We stick to the produce section and try to pick 4-5 items that fit our color. Sometimes it’s the color on the outside, sometimes it’s the color on the inside. Let your kids pick the items out. Getting kids involved every step of the way can help your picky eater become a little more adventurous!
Now go explore your grocery store and try a monochromatic meal! Make a meal consisting of only your color of the week. Here we picked green to feature the veggie of the month, beans, and paired it with two of our favorite green foods, green grapes and cucumbers. A meal made of one color makes it more fun!
Green Food Ideas
August is Tomato Month at Veggie Buds Club so we are excited to bring you three ways to try tomatoes from Noelle Martin of @motherhoodandmeals!
Be sure to check out Veggie Buds Club on Instagram to participate in our Veggie Buds Cooking Club competition- kids across the US and Canada will be cooking up these yummy recipes for a chance to win a fabulous prize from Veggie Buds Club and Nature Fresh, grower of incredible and flavorful tomatoes year round!
If you asked me to list off 5 foods that ideally everyone would eat every day tomatoes would be on that list!
They are packed with incredible nutrition such as vitamin C which supports our immune system and increases iron absorption as well as lycopene, an antioxidant that helps reduce the risk of cancer.
You can imagine my excitement when I learned that August is TOMATO month at Veggie Buds Club! I hope this month your little ones enjoy trying tomatoes in all sorts of ways including the fun and easy bruschetta recipes below! All three recipes only have 3 ingredients so getting your children involved will be super easy!
Mix together 1 diced peach, 8-10 diced cherry tomatoes, and 1-2 Tbsp of hemp hearts. Add to your favorite whole grain crusty bread and serve!
Mix together 1 cup of Tomberries, 10 pieces of thinly cut baby spinach, and 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese. Add to your favorite whole grain crusty bread and serve!
Grate one large tomato and spread onto your favorite whole grain crusty bread. Add a slice of cucumber and a sprinkle of shredded or grated Parmesan cheese and serve!
Noelle Martin is 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.
We're happy to welcome Heather as a guest blogger this month!
Heather is a mom of two boys, ages 4 and 2, 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_kidskitchen), where she shares inventive kid-friendly recipes and ideas for cooking with kids at home.
Have you ever roasted corn? Cooking the fresh kernels at a high temperature, intensifies the corn's sweetness and takes corn flavor to a whole new level. The sweet kernels get golden brown and crunchy around the edges, making them reminiscent of popcorn. Roasted corn is great as a side dish, on its own, or combined with other fresh, seasonal produce like in the salsa recipe I've included below. Get your kids in the kitchen to help prepare the corn for the oven. They can help transfer the cut corn to a bowl, drizzle the corn with oil, sprinkle the salt, and spread the corn on the baking sheet. Simple, delicious, and easy... what could be better?
Simple Roasted Corn
Roasted Corn and Watermelon Salsa
Scoop up this fresh salsa with your favorite chips, serve on top of simply cooked chicken or fish, or pile on top of a green salad. Feel free to add whatever produce you have on hand: fresh herbs like cilantro or basil would be delicious. Bell or spicy peppers would also be a great addition.