Kid Eats

For those that attended my recent seminar  “Digging In, Dining In With Your Children,” here are some of the suggested Kid Eats for your easy reference.  Bon Appétit!

Pasta with Sugar Snaps and Pork

photo 2Credit: Modified from


  • 1 box whole wheat or white penne or fusili pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 pound ground pork (or turkey or beef)
  • 1/4 tsp salt & freshly ground pepper each
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 3 Tblsp low sodium soy sauce


1. Cook 1 box of penne or fusili pasta al dente, according to package instructions, set aside with a little olive oil drizzled on it to prevent sticking.

2. Using a large skillet, heat olive oil and sauté diced onion and mushrooms. Add minced garlic and ginger, cooking at medium heat for 2 minutes. Put ground pork in the pan and stir. Add fresh pepper and salt. Cook until meat is evenly browned throughout. Add the chicken stock, turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes.

3. Add peas and soy sauce, stir, then combine with the cooked noodles.  Yum!

Baked Kale Chips


  • Dinosaur kale leaves
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt


1. Rinse and dry harvested leaves, remove center stems.
2. Toss with olive oil, sea salt.
3. Bake at 300° for 20-25 minutes or until crispy. Cool and eat. Roar!

Spinach Strawberry Salad


  • Fresh spinach and/or mixed greens
  • green onions
  • toasted almonds
  • feta (optional)
  • sliced strawberries
  • 1/3 c white vinegar
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp grated onion
  • 1 c vegetable oil
  • 1 Tblsp poppy or celery seeds


1. Combine fresh greens, chopped onions, toasted almonds, feta (if using) and sliced strawberries in a big bowl.

2. Combine rest of ingredients into a mason jar with lid or salad shaker.  Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds to emulsify.

3. Drizzle dressing over salad, adding the amount you like. Toss.

Carrot Cucumber Salad


  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • 3 Tblsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tblsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper


1. Julienne or thinly slice carrots and cucumber. Mix together.

2. Combine all other ingredients into mason jar with lid or salad shaker.  Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.  Drizzle over veggies, toss, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cool!

Filo Tomato Tart


  • Cooking oil
  • Filo dough (1 box)
  • unsalted butter (melted)
  • parmesan cheese (grated)
  • green onions
  • mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • fresh tomatoes (sliced)
  • Thyme


1. Turn oven to 375°; Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Lightly spray parchment with cooking oil.

2. Lay 1 sheet of dough on paper, brush lightly with unsalted melted butter; Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.

3. Repeat layering 5 more times.

4. After last sheet of filo is buttered & sprinkled with parmesan, scatter thinly sliced onion across filo.

5. Top with shredded mozzarella and arrange fresh tomato slices in a single layer, overlapping slightly.

6. Sprinkle with thyme and salt & pepper to taste.

7. Bake 20-30 minutes. Cool and consume!

Pumpkin Puree

Photo courtesy of The Pioneer Woman


  • Pumpkin
  • Water


1. Oven at 350°

2. Cut top off  near stem.

3. Cut in half or quarter if you like.

4. Scoop out guts and seeds (save seeds if you want to roast later).

5. Place pumpkin pieces on baking sheet (face up or face down, either is fine).

6. Roast for 45 minutes or until fork tender; Cool a bit; Remove skin.

7. Put peeled pieces in food processor, add a little water.

8. Pulse until smooth.  Enjoy in pancakes, breads, smoothies, mousse, pies, etc…


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