Do you want to raise a foodie? If so, take note that a child’s palate is set around age three, making the food we feed them during this time the most influential for their future eating preferences. If you have a picky eater at home, odds are their eating preferences include sugary condiments and sauces that are often paired with fatty and not-so-nutritional foods. And they are not alone: research shows that only two out of five Canadian children eat their “seven a day.”
One of the oldest tricks in the book to improve kid’s nutrition is to hide vegetables in a meal, like puréed into a tomato sauce or covered with cheese. At only 15 calories per teaspoon and relatively no fat, Maille Honey Dijon mustard is a versatile ingredient that can make introduction to different foods easier. Use it to make a sweet sauce to serve on top of mixed grilled or baked veggies, or simply add a little bit of sweetness into a dish. Combine it with olive oil and vinegar to make a light vinaigrette and give salads a sweet zing, or with yogurt for an easy, healthy dip that proves how tasty veggies can be. After all, we are more likely to eat more vegetables when we actually enjoy them.
Gluten-Free Crispy Vegetable Fritters
• 2 medium potatoes, cooked and mashed
• 1 egg, lightly beaten
• 2 tsp Maille Honey Dijon mustard
• 1 cup zucchini, finely chopped
• 3/4 cup grated carrots
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• Salt and pepper
1. Combine potatoes, egg and mustard in a medium bowl. Stir in zucchini, carrots, salt and pepper. Shape into 2.5 cm patties and chill for at least one hour.
2. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat and cook fritters, turning once, until golden brown; about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
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