PITTSBURGH, May 14 Young children can be picky eaters,spooked by strong flavors or unfamiliar ingredients, so family dinners tend tobe seasoned to the taste of the pickiest eaters. But just because thethree-year-old prefers milder foods doesn't mean the rest of family can'tenjoy something with more zip. To help parents please all of the diversetastes of their hungry hoard without spending all night in the kitchen,Mealtime.org has devised an intriguing dinnertime idea that easily createsfour dinners out of one.
With One Recipe, Four Ways, moms and dads can start by preparing a basickid-friendly recipe that makes enough for the whole family. Then, while thefood is cooking, they whip up small amounts of simple stir-ins or add-ons fromeasy-to-use ingredients, like canned foods. In the time it takes to preparean everyday dinner, they can transform portions of the basic recipe into up tothree additional dinners that have a little more zest.
Mealtime.org's One Recipe, Four Ways portfolio includes four easy,nutritious dinners developed by Andrew Schloss. He's a chef, columnist, andauthor of 13 published cookbooks, including Mastering the Grill (written withDavid Joachim), which was a New York Times bestseller. Most importantly, ChefSchloss is a father with years of experience cooking for his own brood.Parents can tantalize the taste buds of everyone in the family with recipesbased on fun kid-favorites, like Family Fiesta Soft Tacos, Tasty Mixed-Up Macand Cheese, Tutti-Frutti Teriyaki Chicken and Yummy Yammy BBQ Chicken.
"When parents expand dinnertime options beyond the tried-and-truefavorites and encourage their children to try something a little different,they're setting the stage for a life-long appreciation of food," said ChefSchloss. "One recipe that you can prepare four different ways gives parentsan easy way to do just that."
Chef Schloss designed One Recipe, Four Ways to solve several of theproblems inherent in feeding a family with individual likes and dislikes:
One Recipe, Four Ways is just one of the many mealtime solutions from theCanned Food Alliance. Log on to http://www.mealtime.org to view the OneRecipe, Four Ways creations, along with hundreds of healthy and easy-to-prepare recipes that make healthful eating easy.
"Kids are more likely to eat food they've had a hand in preparing,"commented Chef Schloss. "They can help out with dinner by adding in thecanned ingredients. It's a great way to gets kids eating nutritious foods,and makes it fun for them too."
About the Canned Food Alliance
The Canned Food Alliance is a partnership of the American Iron and SteelInstitute's Steel Packaging Council, the Can Manufacturers Institute, selectfood processors and affiliate members. The primary mission of the CFA is toencourage increased consumption of canned food by serving as a resource forinformation on their numerous benefits, including the nutrition, convenienceand versatility of canned food. For hundreds of mealtime solutions, visithttp://www.mealtime.org.-- Children's tastes evolve and parents never know when they might be ready to try something new. The food they rejected last week may become their new favorite, so it is important to keep offering options beyond their current tastes and introduce new foods to their children so they'll enjoy eating for a lifetime. -- Parents are a model for how their children think about eating and food. If kids see their parents enjoying new foods, they are likely to do the same.
SOURCE Canned Food Alliance