Now I can try the Flavorful Red Sauce Recipes, share with children and family, and get votes on favorite recipes. I'm sure we will love all of these recipes each with it's own unique flavors and textures.
Renee Contreras Crutcher shared her favorite blender red sauce recipe that uses fresh tomatoes. What a treat!
Janet Hignight likes a simple flavorful tomato recipe that is quick and easy to prepare.
Janet Hignight's Quick and Easy Red Sauce
Touch of Harmony
Puree 1 28oz can of whole tomatoes in juice in food processor
Pour into heavy saucepot and bring to a simmer with
1 tsp dried Oregano
2 cloves Garlic
1/2 tsp salt
Simmer for about 20 minutes. Serve with turkey meatballs.
Kimberly Shaw shared a recipe with many flavors and ingredients. A grandmother with full time care of 3-year old twins makes this flavorful red sauce recipe.
It will be fun to make these recipes and share them with adults and children. I will keep you updated as the votes come in.
Celebrate the summer and the 4th with vegetables. Share a flavorful red sauce recipe that will be enhanced by me with the addition of blended vegetables to heighten the nutrition of spaghetti, lasagna, pizza or wherever red sauce is used.
Share your favorite flavorful red sauce and win a $10.00 Amazon gift card (must supply email address), OR Vegetable Kids in the Garden signed book with Vegetable Cards, a $20.00 value, mailed to you in the U.S. (must supply a U.S. address.) Go to: http://vegetablekids.weebly.com/, to learn more about how the Vegetable Kids have fun with vegetables and see what they discover in the garden dirt.
If you choose to enter the contest you are agreeing that Nancy J. Miller may share your recipe if she so desires on social media, in print, or eBook. Nancy J. Miller will give attribution to the winner with your name, business, and/or title if desired.
There will be one (1) contest winner. Nancy J. Miller will be the sole subjective judge of the contest. Contest ends July 5, 2016.
Post your recipe on social media, Twitter #vegetablekidsinthegarden Facebook, or email: email@example.com. All recipes are appreciated. You can vote on social media for your favorite recipe. Enjoy safe healthy fun for the 4th!
Illustrations by Russel Wayne
The White House Kitchen Garden has been providing opportunities for children to learn the joys of picking up a shovel, working together, and growing delicious healthy vegetables. "The bounty of fall taught us how, by investing ourselves ––our time, energy, and love––we were able to fulfill the promise of spring and share our harvest with others." Michelle Obama from American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.
The Vegetable Kids find treasures in the garden as they have fun digging in the dirt and then enjoying fresh vegetables on their pizza as they enjoy a dinner with friends and family. All across America families are discovering the joys of eating fresh from their gardens and farmer's markets.
Tomatoes are one of the vegetables that taste like a different vegetable (or fruit) when picked fresh from your garden. What is your favorite fresh vegetable?
Shovel illustration by Russel Wayne from Vegetable Kids in the Garden
Two year old Lexi happily scrubs an orange carrot. "I can do it!" she likes to say. She watches closely as I finely grate the carrot into her macncheese––her favorite lunch. Will she eat her lunch with the new addition?
"Good," she says. "More macncheese." Lexi likes carrots, but she doesn't usually eat very many. She likes a lot of macncheese. By getting her used to seeing a carrot in her lunch as well as helping prepare it, she is getting more carrots and seeing a bright colorful vegetable in her lunch.
While she wasn't looking, I added a handful of spinach to some chocolate milk––a great suggestion from a friend, blended it well, and served it nice and cold. She loved it! Hiding the vegetable she didn't want to eat in something that was a treat for her, got her body used to wanting greens, and gave her an unexpected inexpensive boost to her nutrition.
How do you add vegetables to the diet of the children in your care?
The other day I got excited about gardening and bought a beautiful fragrant basil plant. The next day, after putting the pot in the sunshine in the front yard, I found the basil leaves had huge holes.
I told my daughter about my poor basil plant, and she reminded me that planting marigolds helps keep pests away. Plant something colorful in your garden to keep it healthy.
The Vegetable Kids in the picture are each wearing a different vegetable color that represents their Vegetable Personality Styles. Where do you want to add color to your garden your vegetable and life garden?
Vegetable Cards tell kids why they want to eat colorful vegetables and shows some of the vegetables available in each color. Kids have fun at the farmer's market, garden, or grocery store finding fresh vegetables in the many colors, shapes, and textures.
For Earth Day, you can buy the hardcover Vegetable Kids in the Garden with the Vegetable Cards, from the Teal Publishing website store, and get the softcover Vegetable Kids in the Garden book free (offer available in the U.S. for the first five purchasers).
You can also Buy the book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble print the Vegetable Cards 2-sided on card stock or brochure paper matte or glossy. For best results (one-sided works on plain paper) and cut to size. Have fun with vegetables! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for comments or suggestions.
Green beans often grow in different directions independently. Stand tall and reach your arms out as wide as you can and be a green bean.
The tomato typically has a thin skin. It’s bursting with its own unique flavor, while blending well with other vegetables. When blended the tomato flavor may be hard to recognize, but it enhances everything around it. Mexican Indians brought tomato seeds to Europe. Tomatoes are high in vitamins C, A, K and Potassium.
You may not want to bring food into the library but books are full of information about healthy eating and healthful living. Did you know that, "Libraries play one of the most important roles in our food movement. Tucked quietly inside their brick walls lies free access to food literacy, which itself may be the most powerful first-line tool in our war against a poor food system." Amber Stott, Found of Food Literacy Center. http://awakeatthewhisk.com/libraries-food-movement.
In the library you will find productive ways to bring nutritious food to your home and community. Whether you cook from scratch, go to the local Farmer's Market or eat fresh produce raw from the grocery store. Fresh food is fast food. Be well and enjoy vegetables!
Read Vegetable Kids in the Garden to see what the Vegetable Kids like on their pizza.
Which of these four vegetables is really a vegetable? Carrots, Green Beans, Tomatoes, and Orange Bell Peppers.
Hint: the other three are technically fruit. Why? Because scientists consider fruit the flower of the plant that contains seeds. Need help? Easy Science for Kids has the answers.
Botanically speaking many of the foods we eat for dinner are actually fruit. The way we choose to eat fruit and vegetables will depend a lot on where we live and whether we say fruit or vegetable will depend on who we are speaking with.
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Nancy J. Miller, M.S. is a Career Counselor, Coach, speaker, and writer.