I am so excited about my first post for The Kids Cook Monday. Family mealtime is very important to my family. We are fortunate enough to be able to eat dinner together 95% of the time, but I know that many families don't have this luxury and I am sure as my son gets older it will be harder to coordinate.
The Kids Cook Monday initiative encourages families to set aside Monday as a day for cooking and eating together as a family. Two of my favorite things are cooking and exploring food and I love teaching my son about healthy foods, so this is such a wonderful initiative for me to stand behind as a Dietitian/Nutritionist. The website provides family-friendly recipes that are easy for families to cook as a team and eat together every Monday night.
When kids participate in the meal-making process, you can talk to them during the preparation time about the importance of healthy, balanced meals, the different foods you are preparing and the nutrients they contain, and they will feel a sense of accomplishment once the meal is prepared and on the table. The Kids Cook Monday website states that cooking reinforces skills that help kids succeed like math, teamwork, and following instructions. Here are some more great reasons to cook with your kids.
For my first Kids Cook Monday recipe, I chose a simple seasonally inspired fruit salad because my son is a fruit nut - he just can't get enough! Citrus fruit is abundant in the winter and chock-full of vitamin C, folate, and potassium. Kiwi and pomegranate seeds are two of my son's favorites and I am a real fan of the clementine. My son loves to help mom with all tasks, including cooking, so I put him to work helping me chop. He even has his own apron, cutting board, table, crinckle cutter, and good grips slicer.
With Zest & Zeal,
Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Maple Syrup Dressing
Ingredients -The Salad
- 1 large pink grapefruit, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 navel orange, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 4 clementines, peeled separated into wedges
- 1 Honeycrisp apple (or apple of choice)
- 3 kiwi fruits, peeled and sliced
- Pomegranate Seeds
- 1 T fresh lemon juice
- 1 T real maple syrup
- Himalayan salt (optional)
- Shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
- Peel grapefruit, navel orange and clementines, trying to remove as much pith as possible, and cut into bite-sized pieces.
- Peel and core apple, and have your child use a crinckle-cutter to cut into bite-sized pieces.
- Peel kiwi fruit and cut in half horizontally, and have your child use a Good Grips Slicer to cut into crescent-shaped slices.
- Arrange fruit in a bowl, and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.
- Whisk together lemon juice and maple syrup. Taste and adjust as desired. Drizzle over salad. Sprinkle salad with Himalayan salt and/or shredded coconut.
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