Wednesday, August 26, 2009

7 New Foods in Seven Days

Is your family in a food rut? Same basic dinner line-up week after week? Yep, we know how that goes.

In an effort to expand our dinner repertoire, our family embarked on a week-long culinary adventure and I wrote about it for the September issue of Chicago Parent.

Think your kids will balk at foods like quinoa and tofu? I did too. Have a read to see how our experiment went.


2KoP said...

Excellent — we'll have to try some of these recipes, although I don't think I can talk my DH into lentils.

We love artichokes on our house. Here are a few of my tricks: cut off the tops and stem so it's flat on both sides; use kitchen sheers to trim the points; put upside-down into a Corningware-type casserole with about 1/2 inch of water, some lemon juice and two cloves crushed garlic; cover tightly in plastic wrap and cook in microwave about 10-20 minutes (depending on how many artichokes. They are done when a knife slides easily into the stem.

To serve, cut in half from top to bottom and scoop out the choke with a grapefruit spoon (makes the artichokes much easier for little people to eat). My kids love to scrape the leaves with their teeth, then cut up the heart. Hope you'll try again. They are one of our favorites.

The Hen said...

Thanks for you comment Susan. I actually do like artichokes -- and we certainly will try them again. I like you tip for cutting the artichokes in half lengthwise to make them easier to eat.

And the lentils . . . so good. We also love lentil soup in the fall. And SO GOOD for you!