This Is What Happens When You Ask a 9 Year Old to Create a Healthy Dinner Recipe

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I spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing meals and experimenting with new recipes.  Naturally my kids see me doing this and over the years have slowly gotten more and more interested in helping out with meal preparation.

 

Its usually things like helping mix pancake batter, measuring and adding seasonings or taste testing soups but this past week my daughter surprised me and had a whole meal idea prepared!  Talk about being a proud papa!

 

Her recipe as it was presented to me:

 

-Gluten Free noodles, not spaghetti noodles

-Green Beans

-Tuna

-Butter

-Salt

 

 

I thought it sounded good so we jumped in the car, picked up a few groceries and came home to make her first recipe that she created.

 

We ended up with 1 package of brown rice penne pasta, fresh green beans, a can of tuna, butter and olive oil.  We also added just a bit of raw sauerkraut.

 

In the end this is how we did the recipe.

 

Boil noodles in water until soft, drain and rinse.  Add back to pan and stir in 3 tablespoons butter.  Add salt and black pepper and stir to mix.

 

Meanwhile cut green beans into 2 inch pieces and steam for 5 minutes or until tender-crisp.  Add to pasta mixture.  Add tuna and olive oil as well as 1 tablespoon of raw sauerkraut and stir to blend.

 

Not only did it turn out great but my kiddo wound up feeling absolutely awesome about herself and her ability to come up with tasty, simple healthy meals.  Moral of the story, kids can be great little chefs if you introduce them to healthy foods and food preparation early and keep at it!  Anybody else have a creative little kitchen whiz? I would love to hear what recipes they have come up with!

 

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Austin EricksonAbout the Author

Dr. Austin Erickson is a chiropractor with offices in Glenwood City and the 4 Corners near New Richmond, Wisconsin. He is an expert at combining chiropractic treatment with nutritional advice to achieve excellent results. He has cured himself of psoriasis and autoimmune related arthritis using his protocols. Connect with him on Twitter and Google+

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