Something I really enjoy doing, that I don’t often share on my blog, is cooking and experimenting with recipes and different foods. My children, are picky eaters, so trying to find things they approve and that are healthy, can be a challenge. Rosalie, being four, has become really interested in food, cooking, and knowing all about what she’s eating. She loves to watch me cook, and to pitch in and help. My mom let me cook, from the age I could reach the stove, and gosh, I remember having so many failures, but I loved it, and it educated me, so that I could make healthy decisions now! I believe it’s so important for our children to learn about foods, (real foods, not just what’s in a box, because who can seriously read those ingredients?) know what they are eating, and to be able to make healthy decisions for them selves, even at four! Having fun in the kitchen, is not only awesome family bonding time, but gives children a sort of responsibility to feel like they are trusted to make good decisions with what they choose to eat. It’s also our responsibility as parents, to invest this time into teaching them to live a healthier life, because its going to lead to how they live their lives in the future! So, I’ve decided to try to write and share more kid friendly/healthy ideas for kids, for you mommas, (or anyone) who struggle with ideas… I struggle daily!
Here is a quick, and easy recipe for sweet potato toast! I don’t eat bread (if I can help it) so I don’t really make meals with bread, other than Rosalie’s sandwich for school everyday. This toast is such a healthy alternative, and has really become a favorite in our house!
Sweet Potato Toast
Try to buy the largest sweet potatoes you can find (they are easier to cut and make better toast)
Peel your potatoes, and preheat your oven to 375F
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
Slice your potatoes in thin slice (or really how ever thick or thin you want them)
When I’m making these, I make a lot so I can store them in the fridge and use them as needed throughout the week! Just pop them in your toaster oven!
After the potatoes are sliced line them on the sheet, and brush both sides with olive oil (not necessary but I always do)
Bake for 15-20 minutes per side (mine aren’t normally super crispy, so if you like that, you may want to bake them longer)
I store mine in the fridge for 1 week and when I need a few, I either pop them in the toaster a couple times, or heat up a skilled and toast them on the stove.
Here are our favorite ways to eat them!
We like to add some almond butter (or peanut butter) fruit, cinnamon, and a bit of honey! (this is probably my favorite and is an awesome filling breakfast)
We also love adding chicken or tuna salad, topped with avocado! (the options are endless!)
And this is Rosalie’s favorite because.. anything with bacon! Am I right!?
So, a little BLT! Sometimes, I even add a slice hard boiled egg!
I hope you try it, and like it! If you have any questions, or felt I left something out, leave a comment, and I’ll be happy to help!