The first installment of our Eating the Alphabet series is for the letter A! And since I’m going for something that is also in season we’ve chosen Acorn Squash. The kids have already asked “what is that squash doing on the counter? Are we going to have to eat it?” Of course. And the recipe I’ll be trying is for Acorn Squash with Apple. Per the reviews, it appears to be kid friendly and delicious. I’ll let you know how it goes! Won’t you join us?
Inspired by Lois Ehlert’s book by the same name, each week we will choose a new letter from the alphabet and then make a dish, snack or anything tasty that features that ingredient. The primary criteria? It must be a fruit or a vegetable. But this go ’round I’m adding legumes and whole grains to the mix to help encourage us to try even more new, healthy ingredients. I have to say that when we were doing it last time, the kids really got into thinking up different types of fruits and vegetables that we could try. And the bonus? They were much more willing to try something new if they had “suggested” it!
I hope you’ll join us in our healthy adventure to find new foods that we can prepare and hopefully come to love. Stay tuned for our first letter of the week: A!
Last week was our first week to to try our Eating the Alphabet program (my husband loves my “programs” ). We had a mixed up week because we were headed out of town for the long weekend so I wasn’t that inventive. Since this week was A, we went with apples which my kids love (organic pink ladies are our favorite!). I bought some vanilla yogurt for dipping too–the kids love the dipping and I love the extra calcium they get! Sometimes we spread a little peanut butter on the sliced up apples–a tasty combination if you’ve never tried it. We had them for snacks and with breakfast or lunch.
I wanted to get a few more healthy dip ideas because I knew we’d be needing some with our quest to eat more fruits and veggies. I found some great ideas here…check out these Six Healthy Dips that Will Get Your Kids To Eat More Fruits and Veggies.
This week our letter is B. I bought a bag of single bananas–probably 3-4 pounds for only 99 cents (you know to look for those at your grocery store right? They take all the slightly bruised bananas, put them in a paper bag and you pay one price–great for making smoothies, banana muffins or banana bread!) Tomorrow we’ve got Crumb-topped Brussel Sprouts on the menu. I’m not sure how they’ll go over so I’ll be sure to let you know!
How are you Eating the Alphabet? Post your comments below to share how your family is eating more fruits & veggies this year!