Secret Service Salad by 9 year old Michael
“I came up with this idea because I love to eat fresh, healthy, and light food. I came up with the name for the salad because I am very interested in the important job of the Secret Service.” Michael likes to have this with a tasty carrot soup he calls Bunny Bisque. –Michael Lakind, age 9, Texas
Ingredients: (makes 4 servings)
4 slices whole-grain bread, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon parsley
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
1 (8-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
2 skinless boneless chicken breasts, grilled or cooked and cut into thin slices
1 pint strawberries, stemmed and sliced
- Preheat the oven to 300°F.
- On a baking sheet, drizzle the bread cubes with butter, stirring so each piece gets a little butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with parsley. Bake until the bread is crisp, about 20 minutes.
- While the bread is baking, in a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- In a large bowl, combine the spinach, chicken, strawberries, and croutons. Drizzle with the dressing, and serve.
This is a great way to encourage children to get involved in the cooking process and also a way to encourage healthy eating. I’m definately inspired by this 9 year old. I hope you are too.
Kale Chips by 9 year old Samuel
“I’ve always loved kale chips, and can eat the entire head of kale this way!”—Samuel Wohabe, age 9, New York
1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves torn into bite-size pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. On a large nonstick baking pan, drizzle the kale with olive oil, season with salt, and toss until evenly coated. Bake until crispy, about 15 minutes.
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