August is Kids Eat Right Month and a great time for families to learn how to cook healthy together! A clever way to encourage children to try new foods is to get kids in the kitchen. This week, we’re featuring recipes to help kids start young and learn simple cooking tasks before moving on to more complex skills.
Peachy Peanut Butter Pita Pockets
Ingredients Makes 4 servings- 1/2 pita pocket each.
- 2 whole wheat pita pockets
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 apple, cored and thinly sliced
- 1/2 banana, thinly sliced
- 1/2 fresh peach, thinly sliced
- Cut pitas in half to make 4 pockets and warm in the microwave for about 10 seconds to make them more flexible.
- Carefully open each pocket and spread a thin layer of peanut butter on the inside walls.
- Fill with a combination of apple, banana, and peach slices. Serve at room temperature.
Kids in the kitchen
- Do it: Ask your child to peel the banana for you, slice it with a plastic knife, and throw away the peel.
- Let’s Learn: Ask your child to count how many pitas you are using.
- Switch-a-roo: Choose any other nut butter or fruit that you like.
*Recipe from CalFresh Kids Get Cookin’
Fresh & Fruity Slaw
- 1 medium apple
- 1 medium pear
- 1 cup jicama
- 3 tablespoons 100% orange juice
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg
- In a medium bowl, grate apple, pear, and jicama. Be careful as the grater is sharp. Use as much of the fruit as you can without hitting the core or seeds.
- Add orange juice, cranberries, and cinnamon. Stir well. Serve right away.
Kids in the kitchen
- Do it: Once you have added all the apple, pear, and jicama in a bowl, ask your child to help you mix them. Once you add the rest of the ingredients, ask them to mix it up again!
- Let’s Learn! Ask your child to describe his or her favorite fruit (shape, texture, flavor, color, etc.)
- Switcheroo: Use any other dried fruit instead of raisins. Try another fruit juice or, if you’d like a creamy dressing, substitute vanilla yogurt.
What Can Your Child Do in the Kitchen?
This handy infographic from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a helpful start. Visit eatright.org for more information.