You’ve done some research, and you’ve decided today’s finally the day you make the switch to clean eating. From now on, your meals will focus on high-quality ingredients, whole grains and fresh fruits and veggies — and you’ll certainly be ditching anything laden with additives.
Unfortunately, you’ve encountered some unexpected resistance from your kids. They’re a little picky and don’t like the idea of changing the diets they’ve grown used to. Ease your children into clean eating with these three delicious recipes, and soon, they won’t even notice the difference.
Chicken Bone Broth
Your kids love soup, right? Why not make sure they get the nutrients they need from this delicious bone broth. Though it may sound scary, bone broth is simply long-simmered stock. The cooking time helps extract the gelatin and other important nutrients from the bones. Gelatin is thought to ease digestion and reduce joint inflammation. For best results, use free-range chickens and, if you’re feeling brave, chicken backs and feet.
To make the broth, simmer chicken bones for 15 hours. Then add vegetables and continue cooking the mixture for nine more hours. Add in herbs, simmering for an additional 30 minutes. R
Remove the broth from the heat and allow it to cool. Strain the mixture and it store in containers for either immediate use or freezing for later. Use this versatile broth in everything from soups and stews to pasta and straight-up sipping!
Cauliflower may seem like broccoli’s pasty cousin, but it’s super flavorful and nutritious in its own right. This cauliflower “risotto” features spinach, capers and flavor-packed sundried tomatoes. Unlike regular risotto, where the creamy texture comes from slow simmering and constant stirring, this risotto borrows from pureed white beans. As a bonus, you can use some of your bone broth to up the flavor and nutrients.
Simply cook shallots, garlic and herbs together. Then simmer those ingredients with half of the beans and the broth, and blend the mixture with an immersion blender. Add in chopped cauliflower, tomatoes, spinach and the rest of the beans. Cook for five more minutes, and finish it off by adding some capers and pinenuts though you may want to keep those as optional for the kids.
Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken
This slow-cooked chicken is a real crowd pleaser! After cooking all day, the chicken comes apart like pulled pork — perfect for sandwiches and wraps! Finishing with shredded zucchini and fresh pineapple adds some crunch and citrusy sweetness.
In the morning, place your chicken and favorite salsa in your slow cooker, and set it to low. Walk away for four to six hours — or until you can no longer stand how good your house smells! Shred the chicken, mix in the zucchini and pineapple — and voila! Dinner is ready to go.
These clean recipes are a great way to introduce your kids to clean eating. They’re amazingly easy and healthy — and they don’t get their flavors from synthetic ingredients. Given time and education, your kids will probably come to prefer these amazing meals over food stuffed with sugars and preservatives, too. Once you’ve worked your way through these recipes, the internet is your oyster. Find more clean eating recipes here: https://www.ceramcor.com/blog/healthy-living-2/5-clean-eating-recipes-kids/