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Involve Kids in the Harvest

August 12, 2011

Tis the season! The harvest season brings many opportunities. Collecting the summer’s yield is exciting for adults, but can be especially exciting for children! Involving children in your harvest process can make for a time of exploration and wonder. Discoveries can be made by helping the child indentify the vegetables and its parts, pointing out what is edible and inedible. Showing the child how to pluck or cut the vegetable. This promotes observation and patience, and can lay the foundation for healthy eating.

A seasonal treat that is fast, fresh and loved are cherry tomatoes wrapped in basil leaves!  August is also a perfect time to make pesto. Most pesto recipes call for pine nuts but if you have little ones with nut allergies, sunflower seeds make a great alternative.

 

Basil Pesto:

2 cups of fresh basil

½ cup of grated parmesan cheese

½ cup of extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup of sunflower seeds

3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced

Salt and pepper to season

1.Combine the basil and sunflower seeds, blend for one minute  in a food processor. Add garlic and pulse for one minute.

2.Add in olive oil while blending with the food processor. Add grated cheese, salt and pepper and pulse for one more minute.

3. Serve fresh with tomatoes, pasta or crackers!

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