Check out this delicious, truly good-for-you recipe that helps make the prep process interesting for children, thanks to the folks at Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids. These folks have a ton of experience getting kids to eat healthy (they teach school children how to grow and prepare their own food in schools in Delaware, and kids—and their parents—are eating it up!).
What I also love about this recipe is you don’t blanche the greens first, so you get 100% of their nutrients (and if you’re cooking with little ones, no pots of boiling water to fret about).
Keep it kid-friendly: For kids, toss this pesto with pasta (better yet, veggie pasta) and sprinkle with parmesan cheese or simply put it on a cracker or celery stick.
Make it chic: I’m adding the other power green to this recipe, dandelion greens, which makes it go VROOM VROOM on my tongue. Layer this with a thin slice of brie and a few slivered roasted pumpkin seeds on a sesame rice cracker, and this appetizer just went gourmet.
You could substitute 1 Tbs. of the olive oil with toasted sesame oil for a nutty, slightly Asian twist; then however you use it, just finish with a few sesame seeds on top.
Make it into soup: You can also slice a zucchini, large tomato and large sweet onion into 1″ rounds. Then, combine 1 cup of cottage cheese and 1/3 C of this pesto and pour over the vegetables. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle with 1/3 C parmesan cheese, broil for 5 minutes to “toast” the parmesan. You could serve it just like that or add it all to the blender with 3 C organic chicken stock or vegetable broth. Talk about a fresh and fantastic soup!
You can freeze any leftover pesto in an ice cube tray. Pop them out, wrap each cube in plastic wrap and throw them all into a ziploc baggie. Depending on your ice cube size, one cube is enough for one person.
Download the Kale and Swiss Chard Pesto recipe, complete with instructions on how to make it a child-friendly activity.
Check out all of Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids resources here, and get your family (and the neighborhood kids—I’m all for free labor) growing its own food and enjoying eating healthy!