Lizzie Marie’s Recipes

In the last print edition of The Grip, we promised to share some of Lizzie Marie’s “Kid’s Box” recipes with you.  Every week this past summer, Bluebird CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) has been distributing “Kid’s Boxes” – boxes filled with fruits and veggies, stories and recipes just for kids to get them excited about eating healthy.  One of Lizzie’s recipes is included in each box.  Here are a couple of her favorites:

Italian Kale Chips
Delicious, healthy and super easy!

INGREDIENTS:
Several stalks of fresh kale, rinsed, stripped off stem, torn into bite size pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
Few splashes balsamic vinegar
To taste sea salt, cracked black pepper
To taste fresh grated Parmesano Reggiano cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Dry fresh kale pieces in a salad spinner first, the with paper towels to make sure the oil and vinegar will stick to the pieces. Because I had so much kale, it would not fit into a large ziploc bag to coat with the oil and vinegar, so I spread the kale on a baking sheet lined with a silpat mat (non-stick mat) and drizzled oil and vinegar onto kale and sprinkled with salt and pepper. I mixed the kale pieces with two silicone spoons to make sure all the pieces were lightly coated, then spread the kale evenly on the pan again. Bake about 10 – 15 minutes until crisp. Serve kale chips with freshly grated cheese.

Visit www.LizzieMarieCuisine.com to watch the video of how to make these healthy, crunchy chips! 

Morning Muesli
A funny name for breakfast cereal made of uncooked oats, fruits and nuts.  It makes a great snack too that will keep you full for a long time.

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup old fashioned oats (uncooked)
1 tablespoon roasted or raw pumpkin seeds or (unsalted)
1 tablespoon roasted or raw sunflower seeds (unsalted)
small handful toasted walnuts or almonds (unsalted)
1 teaspoon wheat germ
Several pieces of fresh seasonal fruit (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, etc.)
2/3 to 1 cup almond milk, depending on how much milk you want
Local honey

To toast walnuts in toaster oven, place walnuts on baking sheet, bake 8 minutes at 300 degrees until lightly brown. Place oats, nuts, and wheat germ in a bowl and mix together. Top with fresh fruit, pour milk into bowl and top with a light drizzle of honey.

Honey Stix & Tea
One of my favorite things to drink is tea.  Sometimes, tea can be bitter so I like to add a touch of honey to sweeten it up.  The Honey Stix that come in the KidsBoxes are the perfect amount of honey for a cup of tea!  Just squeeze the honey into the hot tea, give it a stir, and your tea will be bitter-no-more!

INGREDIENTS:
1 tea bag of your favorite tea
6 – 8 ounces cold water
1 honey stick

Bring water to a boil (about 2 minutes in a microwave) and pour into tea cup.  Add tea bag to cup of water and steep for 2 – 3 minutes.  Remove tea bag, squeezing out extra water back into tea cup.  Bite open one end of honey stick and pour into tea cup.  Stir and enjoy!

Click here to go to LIzzie’s website and view pictures of Morning Muesli AND healthy popcorn recipes and visit http://www.lizziemariecusine.com often for more ideas and healthy cooking tips!

Have a cooking question or recipe suggestion for LIzzie?  Send Lizzie a tweet on Twitter: @TheLizzieMarie with any questions you may have.  Tell her what fun things you cooked with your Bluebird CSA KidsBox.

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