Showing posts with label vegetables for kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vegetables for kids. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Edible Witches' Brooms for a Healthy #Halloween by author Cleo Coyle #healthykids

Sweep away your Halloween munchies with these tasty, healthful snacks in the shape of witches' brooms. They not only look cute, they're delicious!

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Easily made with string cheese, mini peppers, and celery sticks, they're great for adult parties, too, because they pair beautifully with a chilled glass of white wine...oops, I mean...that magic "feel good" potion made from the juice of crushed vine-ripened orbs...

Now let's make some edible brooms!

Cleo's Witches' Brooms many as you like!

String cheese 
Celery stalks 
Mini Peppers (or large pitted black or green olives)

Directions: To make each broom, cut the string cheese into thirds. Slice celery stalks into thin but sturdy slivers. Cut mini peppers (or large olives) into thin rings. 

Make a shallow incision at the top of the string cheese cylinder and insert one end of the thin celery stick. You now have a broom handle. Slip the pepper ring around the cheese and slide it near the handle. 

Now all you have to do is slice the cheese into broom bristles. The best way to do this is with sharp kitchen shears. 

Serve them up on a pretty plate and watch them quickly fly away...into hungry mouths!

STORING NOTE: If making a few hours in advance of a party, store in the refrigerator. Be sure to cover the plate or tray with plastic wrap to prevent the cheese from drying out, and...

May your Halloween be...

~ Cleo Coyle

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Carrot Salad

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I have company this weekend, and while I dearly love them, a couple of my guests are picky eaters. There are few vegetables they will eat, so it's always a challenge to come up with something that is acceptable to them. After all, it wouldn't be right to serve dinner without veggies! So I made a very simple dish that has been a favorite in my family for a long time -- a
raw carrot salad. One of my guests, fearful of eating carrots, tried half a spoonful, and asked for a full serving minutes later. This is a great way to get kids to try vegetables, and the salad is so versatile that you can add a lot of different vitamin laden fruits and veggies once the kids are used to the texture.

Carrot Salad

6 - 7 average carrots
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice

Peel the carrots and cut into large chunks. Pulse them in the food processor until they are fairly fine. Scrape the sides, add the sugar and lemon, and pulse again to combine. Serve.

It's that simple. You can substitute agave or honey for the sugar. If your picky eater likes raisins, toss in a handful and stir. Once it's popular, you can add an apple or pineapple, a handful of coconut, or one of my favorites, a raw red beet. Just pulse and you're done!

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