The Best Spinach You Never Tasted

You’ve probably heard how healthy dark green vegetables are. This is because most dark leafy greens have a lot of Vitamins A, C, E, K, and folate. These are all important to keep our body working at its best. Instead of only eating them alone, it helps to think of creative ways to fit them into our meals. This week’s recipe is one of the simplest ways to eat more spinach, and to add it to a meal without even tasting it. Who’s ready for Eggs Gone Green??

First, what you’ll need:

  • eggs
  • spinach
  • green bell pepper
  • green onions
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • oil cooking spray

IMG_1469Keep in mind that the only ingredients you need to have are eggs and spinach, but this combinations is what we have found to taste the best.

First, chop your bell pepper and green onions into small pieces.

img_1478.jpgNext, crack as many eggs as you would like to cook in a blender. Then add spinach. We have found that 1/8 cup of tightly packed spinach for every 2 eggs is a good amount. This means…

2 eggs = 1/8 tightly packed spinach

4 eggs = 1/4 tightly packed spinach

8 eggs = 1/2 tightly packed spinach

You don’t need to measure spinach if you don’t want to, but too much spinach could change the texture.

Blend until chunks of spinach are smaller than grains of rice. This should only be about 5 seconds, or 5 pulses.

IMG_1472.jpgCreate Tip: Place the eggs closer to the blender blade and spinach further away. This will help it to blend faster.

Next, coat a frying pan with oil cooking spray, then heat over medium heat. Once the pan is warm, add the bell peppers.

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Stir the bell peppers with a wooden spoon until they are soft and starting to turn brown. Then, add your blended spinach and eggs. Right after pouring in the egg mixture, add a little bit of salt and pepper. Stir slowly until eggs until they are no longer runny.

Create tip: Turn heat on low when cooking scrambled eggs. It will make them less rubbery and more fluffy!

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Plate your eggs, then garnish with green onions. To garnish means to decorate a food dish with a topping that can contribute to the taste and look of the dish.

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These eggs have flavor on their own (especially with bell peppers and green onions) but feel free to try your favorite dipping sauces. Possible options include:

  • Salsa
  • Green salsa verde sauce
  • Ketchup
  • 1/2 ketchup, 1/2 hot sauce mixed together (pictured below)

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After about only 10 minutes of prep and cooking, you’re ready to crEATe!

To simply this meal in one simple line, here it is: Blend eggs and spinach together and cook in a oiled frying pan. Enjoy your Eggs Gone Green, a simple combination that is full of nutrients, inexpensive to make, and tastes good too.

Happy Creating!

– Kids Create Team

The Mediterranean Burrito

Many of you have had a classic bean and cheese burrito originating from Mexico. All the fillings wrapped up snug in a tortilla, it is always a favorite. Today’s recipe is the burrito with a Mediterranean twist. Mediterranean means coming from the area surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, such as southern France, Italy, and Greece.

Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 10.37.29 PMThis a perfect summer meal to prepare either together as a family, or by yourself. There is no cooking, only some vegetable chopping.

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Let’s start with ingredients to gather. Most of these are common foods, but you may need to put a few things on your parents’ grocery list for next time they go to the store.

IMG_1345You will need:

  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Feta cheese
  • Spices (Use what you have, but these work best)
    • Oregano
    • Ground coriander
    • Cayenne pepper
    • Onion Powder
    • Garlic Powder
  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • Vegetables (Use your favorites, this is what we used)
    • Spinach
    • Carrot
    • Tomato
    • Cucumber
    • Red onion
  • A can of garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas)

IMG_1351First we are going to make the creamy, cheesy spread that gives the veggies all of their flavor. To do this, mix together 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup feta cheese, and 1/4 teaspoon of each spice. Create tip: This recipe makes enough spread for 4 burritos. Ask your parents if you need help changing the recipe to make more or less at a time.

Next, chop up your vegetables. In our case, the carrot, tomato, cucumber, and red onion. We peeled our large carrot with a peeler, and used the shavings. it makes for a nice thin crunch! Create Tip: When choosing vegetables, pick a lot of different colors. Different colors mean different nutrients that help your body to keep doing its best.

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Now it’s time to start filling the burrito. Smear the feta spread across the middle of your tortilla, then pile on the vegetables!

Top the vegetables with some garbanzo beans. These beans and the Greek yogurt are the main sources of protein of the meal, which makes this meal filling even without meat. By now you should have a crisp colorful mountain of flavor on your tortilla.

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And now, a short lesson on burrito folding. Take the short ends of the tortilla, and fold them in. Tuck one long end across and around the toppings, then continue folding to wrap the deliciousness safely in its whole grain packet.

Next up, crEATe!

Here is the recipe all in one place to look back on, but as always, get creative. Feel free to try out different spice and vegetable combinations, and let us know how it goes by commenting on this post. Happy Creating!

– Kids Create Team

THE MEDITERRANEAN BURRITO

Nutty Crunch Fruit Dip

 

Today’s recipe is quick, crunchy, and delicious! Keep reading for a simple creation that can be used as a colorful breakfast, or filling summer snack.

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You will need four ingredients…

IMG_12101. NUTS. Any nuts will do, our favorites are almonds and walnuts. Nuts are packed with protein, which means they keep you feeling full and ready to take on whatever summer fun comes your way.

IMG_12202. YOGURT. We suggest Greek yogurt, which has about twice the amount of protein as normal yogurt. Again, making sure this snack fills your tummy all the way up! Plain or vanilla yogurt are the flavors we chose.

IMG_12243. NUT BUTTER. Peanut butter is what you probably already have in your kitchen, which is great! Create Tip: Try finding a natural peanut butter, where the only ingredient listed on the back of the jar is “peanuts”. If you feel like being creative, try this dip with almond butter.

4. FRUIT. Pick your favorite fruits to dip! We used apples, oranges, and bananas, because they are usually the cheapest. It won’t be hard to convince your parents to buy these. They are healthy and inexpensive.

Now that you have your four ingredients ready, let’s create!

  1. MIX one or two big spoonfuls of peanut butter (about 1/8 cup) into a single-serving container of Greek yogurt.

2. CHOP nuts into small chunks.

IMG_12533. SPRINKLE chopped nuts onto yogurt and nut butter mixture.

IMG_12664. SLICE up all of your fruit.

IMG_12705. crEATe!

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Keep things exciting and try something new every time you make this. Different fruits, yogurt flavors, and nuts can all make something deliciously unique. Happy Creating!

– Kids Create Team