How is the Fruit and Vegetable Challenge going for you so far? Hopefully you’ve been adding plenty of the good stuff to your shopping cart and to your plate.
We’ve had fun taking pictures the past two weeks of some of our yummy, fruit and veggie filled meals. Chicken Salad on a One Hour Whole Wheat Yeast Roll with lettuce, cucumbers, sweet peppers, and grapes was such a delicious lunch several days ago! It made me feel like it was summer time – except for the fact that it was below zero outside. Details, details.
Once the kids saw me taking pictures that day, they decided to get in on the act! Justus (age 13) decided to “build a masterpiece” with all the fresh goodies available for our lunch that day:
Not to worry, he had seconds, thirds, and fourths before leaving the table.
He is almost 14, you know.
Malachi (age 9) saw what Justus was doing and said that he would make a masterpiece too. It is with much excitement that I present to you…The Grape:
After Malachi took his masterpiece picture and ate his enormous serving of grape, he created another pretty plateful:
I think we’ve been grape deprived. Our family ate almost the entire bag I bought during this one lunch. Why am I shocked? Two teenage boys, a 12 year old boy, a 9 year old boy, and a hard working dad? Of course we ate the whole bag.
One great way I find to include additional veggies in a meal is to add plenty of onions, carrots, and leeks in our homemade chicken broth. Then, I blend them all up into the broth, making it smooth and rich in veggies. It is so flavorful this way! For one of our meals, I cooked rice in this kind of broth, which turns it orange (from the carrots blended in). I added chicken and cream, much like this Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole, and called it dinner.
Here’s another meal we had last week with this good broth, Potato Soup. There are veggies in the broth (not to mention all the other wonderful nutrients from the chicken bones), veggies in the soup, plus we all had a bowl full of salad before we filled our bowl with soup.
A great way to encourage my kids to eat fruit for snacks is to set out a huge bowl of options on our table. Not only is it tempting, it really brightens up the kitchen! Because I think that fruit on a table is a decoration (as well as food to be eaten, of course), I obsessively remove all produce stickers once I bring it home from the store. A sticker on my kiwi is not cute or appetizing, in my opinion.
A few days ago I burned us some grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. Yep, I burned them all. The phone rang, someone came to the door, I have no idea what else happened when it was sandwich flipping time. Oh well, we all still ate them. I put out a plate of fruit, plus we had tomato soup to dip our burnt sandwiches in. Looks like we had about 20 left to go on this fruit plate. Nice!
Usually I steam broccoli and carrots, but for fun, I decided to roast them to go with our meal of spaghetti. Delicious! I’m making it a goal to serve salads with almost every evening meal. This is such a great way for us to get plenty of raw greens.
What delicious ways have you found to serve fruits and veggies this week? We’ll check back in Monday to see how the Fruit and Vegetable Challenge is going for you!