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Teach the kids that comfort foods don’t necessarily mean bad-for-you fare with these two flavorful recipes. (Neither dish involves actually cooking the food, so your young chefs might even be able to whip these up on their own!)
SPICY WALNUT TACO MEAT
Simplifying your dinner requests with a build-your-own taco bar? Use this recipe as the base, and let the kids pile their tacos with freshly sliced veggies and guacamole.
Yield: 4 servings
1-1/2 cups soaked walnuts, ground
2 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari
1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
3/4 teaspoon coriander
To taste cayenne pepper
Mix it all up and put in whatever type of wrap you like! Try it with salsa on romaine leaves.
~Chef Matt Amsden
CHEEZY MASHED “NOTATOES”
Let the kids try these mashed “potatoes” before you reveal the healthy secret ingredients.
Yield: 3 – 4 servings
2-1/2 cups cauliflower, core removed, and coarsely ground
1/4 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely ground
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon unrefined salt
1 clove garlic, peeled
Combine all ingredients in food processor. Process until mixture looks fluffy, like conventional mashed potatoes.