It’s the season of serving hamburgers and sandwiches for dinner (hurray!), and what goes better with either one than a generous helping of French fries? Little kids and big kids alike love them, and quite frankly the adults do, too, so it’s not surprising that we find this popular side dish on the dinner table more often than we care to admit.
Luckily, we have a few (healthy) alternative ideas and recipes that can easily be whipped up at home in your own kitchen. These colourful variations just might make your kids forget about the French fries altogether, and even if they don’t, you’ll have a few new veggie-based side dishes to add to your weeknight recipe repertoire.
Oven-Roasted Beet Chips: Crisp and colourful, these brightly hued oven-roasted root veggies are a popular replacement for traditional potato chips.
Kale Chips: Transform this superfood into a crisp and slightly salty snack that kids are guaranteed to adore.
Green Bean Fries: Add a coating of crisp nuts and tender panko to green beans and turn them into ‘fries.’
Zucchini Chips: This summer pile the dinner plates high with homemade zucchini chips. To make them, slice a medium zucchini into ¼-inch thick coins and brush both sides generously with olive oil. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon dried dill weed. Dip the zucchini rounds into the breadcrumbs, pressing them into each side and lay them in a single layer on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
The highest praise I can give a book is to say I wish I had thought to write it myself, and that’s exactly how I feel about The Family Calendar Cookbook by Kelsey Banfield.
Holiday meals, birthdays, potlucks, school events, and annual celebrations make up a lot of family life and there is almost always the need for a perfect recipe. Like me, I’m sure you’ve found yourself stumped on what to bring to the school bake sale or teacher appreciation luncheon. I’m sure you also wish you had a back-pocket chocolate cake recipe and an easy, dependable menu for all of your holiday gatherings, right? Luckily, this indispensible roster of reliable recipes provides inspiration for all of those occasions, plus the many other events penciled into your yearly calendar.
Divided by the seasons (I love that for quick reference) this charming cookbook is packed full of practical ideas that are well suited to busy families who enjoying cooking together. I immediately noticed there wasn’t a single photo tucked into the 300-plus pages, something that normally would have bothered me, but instead there are whimsical illustrations littered throughout the pages, which I surprisingly adore.
I purchased this book over a month ago and it hasn’t left my coffee table as I’m truly reading my way through the pages. I’ve bookmarked plenty of recipes for my summer entertaining (turtle s’mores and cherry-lime slushies, anyone?), and look forward to cooking my way through the pages as I approach the special occasions I have planned for the remainder of the year.
What special event are you cooking for next? I’d love to hear about your menu.
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