The only problem is our son is not really into eating square meals. He'd much rather graze on snacks all day than sit down for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is usually fine with me, since I'm home and am willing to prepare him healthy little snacks whenever he wishes. That being said, I'm really excited to see what everyone else has to share in hopes of finding something new that Owen will eat!
Owen loves carbs (who doesn't!?), so I have been sneakily trying my best to turn his favorite dinner time carbohydrates into nutritionally balanced meals.
Here are three of my favorite tricky ways to sneak in extra veggies:
Baked Zucchini Fries3 medium zucchini sliced into 3" x 1/2" sticks
1 large egg white
1/3 cup seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
2 tbsp grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1/4 tsp garlic powder
In a small bowl, beat egg whites and season with salt and pepper. In a ziplock bag, place breadcrumbs, garlic powder and cheese and shake well. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
Dip zucchini sticks into eggs then into bread crumb and cheese mixture, a few at a time and shake to coat. Place the breaded zucchini in a single layer and spray more cooking spray on top. Bake at 425° for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with 1/2 cup marinara sauce for dipping.
Cheesy Cauliflower Tots (image via)1 medium head of cauliflower
2 Tbl heavy cream
2 Tbl butter
1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar
4 egg whites
salt & pepper to taste
oil for frying
Clean and trim the cauliflower, adding the florets to a microwave safe bowl. Add the cream and butter to the bowl. Microwave for 5 minutes. Add the cauliflower and cheese to a magic bullet or food processor and blend until still chunky – kind of like a cooked oatmeal consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Chill for at least half an hour. Whip the egg whites to a stiff peak. Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the cauliflower mixture to lighten it up. Then fold the cauliflower mixture into the rest of the egg whites and gently mix until combined. For best results, chill for another half hour or they won’t hold their shape as well. Fit a pastry bag with a round or star tube with about a 3/4 inch opening. Spray the inside of the bag with nonstick spray. Gently squeeze out 1 inch sections onto a greased cookie sheet, cutting with a butter knife as you go. When finished, bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes (or longer if you’re skipping the frying) until puffed and slightly browned. Remove from the oven and serve – or heat 1/4 inch of oil in a saute pan and when it’s very hot add the tots. It doesn’t need long, a minute per side to turn them golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately.
Veggie Pizza1 can Pillsbury pizza crust
1 small jar of pesto
2 cups freshly grated mozzarella cheese
1 yellow pepper, diced
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup broccoli, steamed and chopped
1/2 cup cauliflower, steamed and chopped
1/2 a red onion, diced*
*Not all kids would eat onion, but Owen doesn't mind it. Omit if your's hate it.
AND when all else fails I know I have a few back ups that ALWAYS satisfy Owen's appetite and my hopes for a healthful snack:
>>>Apples<<< are by far his favorite snack. He even asks for them by name and is pretty much guaranteed to eat them when one is put in front of him! Recently Owen has been really loving these Lil Snapper Gala Apples! They were the prettiest, crunchiest, juiciest apples I think we've ever had!
He loved these apples so much that I'm even thinking of making a few of these recipes: Apple Cinnamon French Toast, Apple Kid Kabobs, Homemade Applesauce!
apples c/o Stemilt
Now, PLEASE share YOUR kiddos' favorite snacks and meals, and don't forget to link up! I can't wait to see what you have to share!