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3 Brand New and Gourmet Healthy Kids Dinner Recipes! by Renee Cohen Safdiah

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A huge thanks to the talented Renee Safdiah Cohen for these new gourmet dinner ideas for the family! Check out her deliciously soft baby gift hats below!
“Expand Your Family’s Palate”
by Renee Cohen Safdiah
“It was time to make dinner for the kids and I just couldn’t do it again; bread another chicken cutlet, steam another green.  They were happy but I was bored. I thought, I know how to cook, I’m going to really cook.  I knew it may not be well received, but I was going to make something flavorful and interesting anyway. And, I was going to make them eat it…or at the very least, try it.
My children viewed their plates suspiciously.  “Why were there things in the spinach?”
They inevitably picked out the raisins and ate a few pine nuts.  Little did they know, they were eating swiss chard too.  They were all the better for it.
The chicken was yellow as a result of the curry.  I sliced it to show them. “It’s still chicken.”
They loved it! It was spicy, tangy and complex. The potatoes looked different too.
I mashed them with the peel on. They were wary, but liked those too.
It was a success and I was as happy making the meal as watching my children expand their palates.”
Spinach and Swiss Chard with Pine Nuts and raisins:
  • 2  pounds baby spinach
  •  1 bunch Swiss chard
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  •  3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons raisins, plumped in hot water and drained
  • 4 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • Salt
Wash the spinach and Swiss chard well. Finely Chop the leaves of the chard.  (Using the rib is optional).
In a large sauté pan over medium heat, heat the extra virgin olive oil. Sauté the onions until tender, add the garlic and sauté a few minutes more.  Add the spinach and swiss chard. Toss, season with salt and cover for a few minutes to release the moisture.  Uncover and cook a bit more until water evaporates. Add raisins and pine nuts and sauté briefly to warm through. Adjust seasoning and serve warm or at room temperature.
Curried Chicken with Onion and Cilantro:
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts/cutlets (not thin)
  • 1 small onion, cut in half and sliced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Place the chicken and onions in a baking dish. By hand, Toss the chicken and onions with curry powder, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Disperse cilantro sprigs around chicken. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for minimum of 1 hour.
Bake in 350 degree oven, covered, for approximately 45 min.  Serve sliced and garnished with cilantro leaves.

Rustic Mashed Potatoes:
  •  2 lbs unpeeled Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Place potatoes in a large pot of cold water. Boil until tender, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, sauté onion in a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat until lightly golden.

Transfer potatoes to a large bowl. While still hot, pour olive oil with onions over potatoes, season with salt and pepper and smash with a large fork or potato masher.
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