Thursday, November 29th, 2012
As the first and only female winner of Iron Chef America, Cat Cora isn’t a stranger to challenges. But like the rest of you, sometimes her biggest battle is getting her four kids to eat healthy food. I met Cora at an event for Wonderful Almond Accents where she shared some of her secrets to keeping a peaceful dinnertime.
Make clear rules
Cora gives her kids one choice for dinner and her rule is that they must try at least one bite. “I tell my kids, ‘If you don’t like dinner, breakfast will be delicious the next day!” she said.
Sometimes it’s okay to compromise
Cora said that one mealtime her kids wanted chicken, but she was planning on making pancakes. Cora found a happy medium by blending chicken into the pancakes with a little honey and created a brand new recipe that they were all happy with.
Let your kids help you cook
Cora says her kids are more likely to enjoy their food if they are a part of the cooking process. For instance, children ages 4 and up can sprinkle on almond slivers, grated cheese, sunflower seeds, or chopped herbs on their salad. (For younger kids, nuts and seeds are choking hazards.)
Cora also shared her recipe for a lettuce-free salad.
Greek Chopped Salad with Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Almonds
Makes 6-8 servings
½ cup Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Wonderful Almond Accents
2 large cloves garlic
½ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh oregano (or 2 teaspoons dried kosher salt)
Freshly ground black pepper
6 large ripe tomatoes, cored and chopped
1 English cucumber, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved
- In a small skillet over medium-high heat, sauté garlic in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, stirring often, until garlic is caramelized and crunchy. Be careful not to burn.
- In a large bowl, whisk together remaining olive oil, vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper.
- Add tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, feta and olives. Mix well.
- Stir in caramelized garlic and Wonderful Almond Accents just before serving.
Photos: Courtesy of Wonderful Almond Accents
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