Smile, Say BEEEEETS:

I know, mom always said, “Don’t play with your food.”  I tend to disagree, especially if it keeps my kiddos at the table and eating all their dinner. 

This time of year I love making different veggies from the farmers market and I really want my kids to try everything at least once.  This time around, I made beets.  The beets were simply grilled with olive oil, salt and pepper for about a ½ hour.  I then cut them in cubes and served them on the kids’ plates.  Now, for those of you who have had beets before, you know how much they stain…. everything.  So why not make it a game to see who can have the reddest tongue from the beets they eat.  Oh wait, will they stain your teeth too?  Let’s see, “try another one and let’s take a picture to show you how funny it is that you have a red tongue.”  Not only did this game go on throughout the dinner, the kiddos sat at the table the whole time and ate ALL their beets.   The best part, it even got Daddy involved in the game to eat all his beets too! 

Quick, Kid Friendly Recipe for Beets:

3 large beets 

drizzle with olive oil

salt, pepper and rosemary to taste

Scrub beets and cut into quarters.  Put in a large aluminum foil square.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Add a dash of fresh chopped rosemary.  Wrap beets in a tight foil packet.  Place on grill on medium heat for 30-35 minutes.  You want the beets to be fork tender but not mushy.  

When done and cooled, peel the skin off, or rub the aluminum foil against the beets' skin to remove it.  And, enjoy watching your kiddos mouth turn beet red.