Overcoming Kids’ Fear of Green Vegetables and Chick Pea, Goat Cheese, and Lentil Salad with Grapes

Hi everyone! I spent the day today serving up green shakes to almost 500 elementary school students in South Orange’s Marshall School. The best part was how the kids saw it as a challenge to out-drink their neighbors in the cafeteria! Check out the photos of the day on my facebook page!

If we make it fun starting in childhood, new and potentially scary looking ingredients don’t need to overwhelm us into being a non-cooking person later in life.

I saw tonight’s dinner as a challenge as opposed to a daunting experience; How could I use up a bunch of leftovers so as not to waste them and throw in some fresh ingredients from my vegetable coop box to make a delicious salad?  The recipe below is what I came up with and it was might tasty!

Lentil Grape and Goat Cheese Salad:

6 cups dark leafy greens

1/3 cup red grapes cut in half

1/3 cup chick peas

1/3 cup cooked green lentils (boiled dry lentils until tender)

1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese

Toss all ingredients and drizzle olive oil and your favorite vinegar to taste. Serves about 4. Yum!

 

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4 Responses

  1. It looks great but…is that a MEAL for four? Because in my house one of our teenaged boys would devour that in like five minutes. If it is not a meal, what did you seve it with? Thanks!

  2. This is a side salad! I served it with sautéed broccoli rave with garlic on top of quinoa with shavings of manchego cheese:-)

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