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Spring Into Wellness: Green Pea Guacamole with Bread Crisps

May 18, 2012

TGIF! Today’s Spring Into Wellness recipe from registered dietitian Nicole Silva might just give your kids the motivation they need to eat more – gasp – veggies! Bon appetit!

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Vegetable. There is something about the word that makes a child cringe. From a visual perspective, some vegetables may not be among the most aesthetically pleasing foods. I know firsthand that the hardest part about getting a child to eat their veggies is to get them to try them first! After one bite and if well presented, chances are they are going to go in for another and another!

I find the best way to entice my daughter to try new veggies is to include her in the cooking process. Bring a chair or step stool up to the counter and let them in on the fun. Starting early is best but it’s never too late to begin cooking lessons in the home! Plus who doesn’t need a live-in sous chef? Your child’s age will determine his or her ability and level of skill, so be sure to delegate tasks appropriately. Try letting your child place chopped sweet potatoes in the pot. Later they can help with the smashing. Whether it is husking corn or washing carrots to dip in hummus, kids just like to feel included and accomplished. Encouragement goes a long way and they will be itching to try their latest creation!

Green Pea Guacamole with Bread Crisps

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Flatout Hungry Girl Foldit Sliders in Classic White
  • 1 16 oz bag of frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 avocado, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ small onion chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh oregano, divided
  • 1 tsp of salt (optional, to taste)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Coat a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Separate individual Flatout Sliders and cut in half. Place evenly on cooking sheet and toast for 10 minutes or until crisp (flipping after 5 minutes). While the sliders are toasting, puree together pees, avocado, garlic, onion, lemon juice and half the oregano. Stir in salt, if desired. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with oregano and serve with toasted sliders. Enjoy!

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We’d love to hear your fresh perspective!

  • What are some strategies you use to get your kids to eat their veggies?
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