May 10, 2010
One of the best ways to get kids excited about what they eat is to plant your own garden together. It doesn't require a lot of room -- a window box works beautifully -- what's most important is allowing kids to take part in every stage of the process, from planting the seeds through preparing the meal. My favorite part of having a garden is picking the produce when it is ready with my family and figuring out together what we should make with our harvest.
Summer is fast approaching, and that means basil will be growing abundantly in our garden. Most herbs are relatively easy to grow, but basil in particular grows like a weed -- which is good news because I love cooking with it. Basil is a great compliment to so many foods, but the thing I like to make all summer long is pesto. It's a great recipe to prepare and eat together as a family. It's also extremely kid-friendly because of it's nutritional balance -- the greens, nuts and cheese provide plenty of protein and are packed with vitamin A and magnesium to boot.
You will be amazed at how versatile this pesto is. I normally make a big batch and keep it in the freezer so I have it on hand year-round to use as a spread on sandwiches, toss with pasta, put on fish or shrimp or dip chicken in it and roll in bread crumbs like these delicious Chicken Pesto Tenders!