The best way to get distracted kids to pay attention to their food is to make their food fun and interesting. Try this cool recipe to get your kids to eat their squash and potatoes and you're sure to get "explosive" results!
(Makes 4 servings)
- 4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 tablespoons non-hydrogenated margarine
- 1/2 cup milk
- Salt to taste, optional
(Lava is made of squash gravy. Aside from being more lava-like in color than ordinary gravy, it's also super healthy!)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, crushed
- 5 sage leaves, fresh
- 3 cups squash, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 2 cups chicken broth
- About 1 cup frozen peas, cooked, or small broccoli florets, steamed
- Put the diced potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer over medium heat until tender, about 15 minutes.
- When the potatoes are done, drain and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the margarine and milk and stir in. Mash the potatoes well with a potato masher or fork, then add a little salt if desired.
- In the meantime, make the "lava." Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add onions and cook until brown. Add garlic and stir until they begin to brown. Stir in squash for 2 minutes. Add chicken broth and enough water until the squash is covered. Add sage. Cover the pot and cook until the squash is soft when pierced with a fork.
- Puree the contents of the pot until it is smooth and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Now here's the fun part! Divide the mashed potatoes over 4 serving plates. Then tell everyone na i-shape 'yung mashed potatoes nila into a small mountain. Tapos, lagyan ng maliit at mababaw na butas sa tuktok, gamit ang spoon o di kaya ang thumb. After that, ask everyone to arrange the peas and broccoli around the volcano. Kanya-kanyang landscaping! Let each child pour some of the "lava" into the the top of each "volcano" with a small ladle. It should flow down the sides. Ok lang if it drips over the "forest" too. Lastly, the most important part: enjoy eating your food diorama piece by piece!
Remember to give your child Lactum 3+ or 6+ with his meals. Lactum has the essential nutrients found in food groups from the food pyramid. It helps make your child 100% nourished*, and you, mom, 100% panatag!
*with 3 balanced meals a day