For those of us with kids, it's important to not only cook healthy foods for them, but also get them to actually eat and love them. One great way is to have them help in the kitchen.
Here's another salad recipe for this week...and this was a big hit with our kids. Okay, so my 11 month old wants to eat it, but it's really doesn't work for her with only four teeth, but the other two LOVE it.
I was introducted to Mollie Katzen's cookbooks via this post on Little Page Turners. (Okay, not at all weight loss related, but if you don't know Little Page Turners, you definitely need to check it out. Christianne highlights several children's books each week and a fun activity to go along with them. Lots of great ideas for moms, dads, grandmas, etc.) I tried to find "Pretend Soup" in our library system, but for some mysterious reason it wouldn't let me place a hold. It did let me request the sequal "Salad People," though, and so far it's a hit at our house. It has recipes that are easy to have young children help with and the recipes are written in a format easy for young helpers. While not all the recipes are low-calorie, they are all on the healthier end of things and introduce kids to food that you don't necessarily think of as kid-foods.
1 1/2 cups (packed) shredded purple cabbage
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt