Tiny helper & lunchbox #28

A great way to both (1) get my kid interested in what he’s eating (and more willing to eat what’s in front of him) and (2) lessen the after-school-but-pre-dinner meltdown is to find a way to get him involved in dinner prep. The other day, that meant avocado chopper and bowl-assembler.

For dinner, we had quinoa bowls, topped with sweet potato, broccoli, and avocado, with a sesame-ginger dressing (dressing recipe here, though I swapped the olive oil and balsamic vinegar for vegetable oil & rice vinegar: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/ginger-sesame-dressing-238744). This dinner is quick, healthy, and easy to scale up for kid or adult lunches. He also (not pictured) manned the food processor to blend the dressing.

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I’ve also found, particularly in lunches, things are better-received if they’re not all mixed together, so, for the next-day’s lunch, I split out the components of the bowls, put a non-messy amount of dressing on the quinoa (under the sweet potatoes), and added some tangerine segments & blueberries. Easy peasy.

What are some jobs your kids have to help out in the kitchen?

Sarah Blackburn (Simon, pre-primary)

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