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Healthy One-Pot Dinner

Easy dinner ideas are hard to come by unless they come in a box, or so you thought. Here is a great idea for a quick, healthy alternative to those boxed mac and cheese recipes. You’ll be able to sneak in so many veggies your kids won’t even notice they’re eating healthy. The best thing about this meal is it is a one-pot wonder, which means it’s not only easy to make, but it’s just as easy to clean up!

Watch as Yvette shows you how fast and easy dinner preparing a healthy dinner can be in this week’s eHow video:

Check back in next week for another eHow video with Yvette.

Language Lesson: Cucumbers

The cucumber or cucumis sativus is a widery cultivated plant in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. It is a creeping vine which bears cylindrical edible fruit when ripe. We wanted to take the day to give you a quick language lesson. Try saying “cucumber” in these different languages:

Spanish - pepino

German – gurke

French – concombre

When you’ve mastered all of these words, try them out in the following recipes:

Spanish Cucumber Salad from About.com is a perfect dish for a warm day – light, tasty and refreshing!

Gurkensalat from AllRecipes.com is a traditional German favorite.

This French cucumber recipe from Food.com was a favorite of legendary chef Julia Child.

If you like our cucumber lesson today, let us know on our Facebook or Twitter!

Veggie Dips!

One thing that Handstand Kids and Handstand Parents can all agree on is the fact that anything that helps us eat raw veggies is awesome! In light of that fact, we’ve done a round up of some of our favorite dips that make eating veggies fun and tasty! See below for three sure fire crowd pleasers!

Kuki’s Cookbook has a dreamy, creamy veggie dip with only 5 ingredients!

This bright green Veggie Dip is made with broccoli, kale and basil and can be left as is or baked for even more deliciousness!

This White Bean Veggie Dip uses yummy Greek yogurt!

What is your favorite dip? Let us know in the comments below or post to our Facebook or Twitter.

Excited about Eggplants

A great rule of thumb for creating a healthy meal is that the more color you add, the healthier it is! That’s why we’re excited to feature eggplants – their vibrant purple color will add a playful punch to your Handstand Kids’ plates.

Before you dive into our awesome Italian recipe, here are five things that you may not know about eggplants:

  • Although we like to think of them as vegetables, eggplants are botanically classified as a berry with numerous small, soft, edible seeds.
  • Eggplants are a part of the nightshade family and are closely related to the tomato and potato families.
  • China is the world’s top eggplant producing country.
  • Other names for the eggplant include aubergine, melongene, brinjal and guinea squash.
  • As you will learn below, in Italian, eggplant is called “melanzane” which means “crazy apple.”

Now that you know a little bit more about eggplants, you’re ready to make The Leaning Tower of Eggplant from our Handstand Kids Italian cookbook!

If you’re making the Leaning Tower of Eggplant, we want to see those towers rise tall – post pics to our Facebook and Twitter!

Let Us Celebrate Lettuce!

If you’re looking for something crisp and refreshing to keep those kiddos in shape, try some delicious lettuce. In case you need a refresher on some of the most popular varieties, read below for a quick lesson!

Romaine (center) - grows with a tall head of sturdy leaves with a firm rib down the center, has a fine bitter herb taste

Iceberg (upper right) – has a dense head, and is pale white in its center, Iceberg is the most popular type of lettuce in the US

Lollo Rosso (lower right) -fringed, crinkled leaves tinged deep red at the ends with a tender yet crisp texture

Butterhead (lower left) – also known as Boston or Bibb, this type of head lettuce has a loose arrangement of leaves, with a sweet flavor and tender texture

Gem (upper left) – crisp like Romaine and sweet like Butterhead with a crunchy central stalk and thin, crisp leaves

If you have a favorite lettuce recipe, make sure to post it to our Facebook or Twitter!

Summer Desserts

This Red, White and Blue Cheesecake will help you kick off Fourth of July!

Or try these Lady Liberty cupcakes!

Doesn’t Grilled Pound Cake with Berries and Cream sound scrumptious?

Make sure to post pictures of you and your family enjoying your summer desserts to our Facebookand Twitter pages!

Most Refreshing Summer Drinks!

A cool refreshing drink is just what you need on these hot summer days! Try out these recipes – from Disney Family Fun- that are parent tested and Handstand Kids approved!

Lemonade with Berry Ice Cubes - this lemony, tangy drink gets sweeter, and prettier, as the cubes melt!

This Perfect Fruit Punch allows you to be a “mad scientist” and tailor the drink to be more tart or sweet depending on your taste preferences!

Try out this creamy and delicious Avocado Smoothie – featuring our Food of the month, Avocados!

What drinks are cooling you off this summer? Make sure to post to our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Avocados all around!

We’ve already given out our awesome recipe for guacamole from the Handstand Kids mexican cookbook. However, if you’ve never eaten an avocado outside of the great green dip, try one of these recipes from AvocadoCentral.com. They’re super yummy and perfect for Handstand Kids to help with because they’re also easy to make.

Avocado and Red Potato salad will be a shake up to your traditional BBQ cookout food!

Antipasti Kabobs are a great treat for in between meal times or as a side to a main meal!

Enjoy your avocado recipes, because avocados are our Food of the Summer! Post your favorite avocado recipes to our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Summer Soups

Cold weather makes you want to warm your bones with a warm hearty soup, but did you know that you can also quell your hot weather cravings with a cold refreshing version? Handstand Kids love these three recipes, try them out for yourselves in the hot days to come!

This White Gazpacho Soup from SimplyRecipes.com uses some unique ingredients!

Avocado Soup from Startcooking.com is a snap to make!

Emeril Lagasse loves this refreshing Summer Fruit Soup from FoodNetwork.com!

If you plan on making any of these soups, make sure to post pictures to the Handstand Kids Facebook and Twitter!

 

Outdoor Meals

We’ve talked about getting outdoors and playing outside, but Handstand Kids just can’t stay out of the kitchen! The following recipes can be made and eaten outside – what an awesome day for your kids!

You can’t go wrong with Ants on a Log. The crispy celery in contrast to the smooth peanut butter is always a crowd pleaser but eating it outside sets the mood for a fun day of outdoor play! Kraftrecipes

Salad sticks are yummy and good for you. Make sure you help your kids safely remove the food from the sharp skewers to avoid injuries. via SnackGirl

No outdoor meal is complete without Smore’s. Use a fire that is smoldering, not burning and make sure that you keep a close eye on the little ones as they toast up these tasty treats! via Kidscooking

Do you have a favorite recipe for making outdoors? Be sure to post pics to the Handstand Kids Facebook and Twitter!