One of my favorite content pieces on Food Therapy is my
Wednesdays with Logan segments. I started it a year ago when Logan was in preschool and it quickly became some of my most often read entries. Logan was then in school four days out of the week and he always had his Wednesdays off.
Ready to work
Because I knew it would be my last chance to have alone time with Logan, I decided that once a week we would spend our Wednesdays hanging out together, trying new restaurants, cooking, or going to the movies. I'm so glad I took the time out to do it then because I ended up being mostly right. This school year he started kindergarten, and my little guy is off on his own all day with no Wednesdays to spare. It is a rare week that goes by when Logan and I get to do fun things together all by ourselves. While I think we both enjoy going our separate ways (he loves his school and I love my time), I do miss having my little companion in the kitchen.
Peeling the mandarin oranges (please don't look at my messy sink)
To solve our time apart, Logan took it upon himself to come home from school over the last two weeks with cookbooks from his school library. He was so excited getting off the bus, wanting to show me his cookbooks, that he stopped in the middle of the street to unzip his backpack and show me the treasure he brought home for the day. I wonder if perhaps we've spent too much time together over the years. Hmmm? I don't know. At least he knows what will make his Mommy happy and that's a very important thing.
For each book, I asked him to pick out one recipe that he could help me make for dinner. This week, my burgeoning chef picked out a very simple fruit salad. It was full of mandarin oranges, halved grapes, raisins, chopped mint, and slivers of almonds. And, it got me thinking. Wouldn't this be an excellent and simple recipe your child could bring to the Thanksgiving table this year?
Adding a flourish of mint
We know for a fact that children who get involved in the kitchen early on and who help in the preparation of meals are more likely to eat the food that is served. The same can be said for starting a garden. Kids eat better and are more healthy when they are active participants in the process of creating what is on the table. I wish I'd recruited and encouraged my other two kids a bit more. They now make a beeline out of the kitchen whenever it is dinner time. Oh, well. I still have Logan to mold into my form. So, why not find something so easy to prepare that a picky five year old will come back for seconds and thirds? And, did I tell you he is already seriously considering entering as a contestant on the next Top Chef and then starting his own restaurant? (Love this boy!!)
Fruit Salad with Mint and Almonds
A colorful fruit salad with slivered almonds and a sprinkling of fresh mint. So simple even your five year old can make it!
- 4 Mandarin Oranges, peeled and pulled apart
- 1 cup, chopped Seedless grapes, any variety
- 1/2 cup Golden Raisins
- 1/4 cup Slivered Almonds
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Mint, sliced
1. Peel oranges and pull apart the mandarin wedges. Place into large bowl.
2. Slice grapes in half and add to the bowl. Add in the raisins and slivered almonds. Stir to mix all of the ingredients together.
3. Slice the mint leaves into thin slices. Sprinkle over the top of the fruit bowl.