If you’ve checked out my Instagram, you probably know that my kiddo is all about his food. When I’m in the kitchen, he’s usually right there with me asking questions like “what’s that, mommy?” and “what you doing, mommy?” (I love the way he says “mommy” at the end of the question – it makes my heart melt every time!). Often, he wants to touch, feel, taste, and help too. He has tasted raw ginger (and liked it!) and garlic (and liked it!), plus helped make pizza and regularly whips up smoothies in the blender (though, sometimes he eats the ingredients instead of putting them in the Vitamix). I love how inquisitive he is and that he actually enjoys learning about food.
My hubby and I purchased a learning tower so Burrito can safely “stand” at the kitchen counter and “help” whenever possible. And I’m always looking for new recipes that he and I can make together safely and relatively easily. I love that it exposes him to new foods and when he’s involved in making something, he’s more invested in trying it too – it’s a win for everyone. So, I was really excited when Learning Zone Xpress reached out and sent me one of their best selling cookbooks – Kid Approved Healthy Snacks. There are so many fun snack recipes to choose from, including Portabella Pizzas, Banana Whipped Cream, Mediterranean Salad Skewers, Nut-free Blueberry Granola Bars, and Confetti Salad. Parents can feel good about serving these nutritious snacks to their kids and the little ones will be happy to gobble them up. Plus, many of the recipes are great learning opportunities for kiddos looking to get their hands dirty in the kitchen.
My little guy and I decided to whip up some Crispy Edamame for a mid-afternoon snack. He had a lot of fun making it – and eating it! I love that this recipe can can be served up as a snack one day and as part of a meal on another. It’s also really tasty when eaten warm or cold.
The main ingredient for this recipe is, of course, edamame. It’s high in protein and fiber, and so easy to prepare. You can buy packages of edamame in the frozen aisle of the super market. For this recipe, you’ll need the ones that are already shelled, not the ones that are in the pod (otherwise you’ll be picking beans out of pods for a while). To thaw the frozen edamame, you can toss into a strainer or colander and run under cool water for a couple of minutes.
The next step is to simply toss olive oil and parmesan cheese with the edamame and add it to a baking dish. I measured the ingredients while the kiddo watched and explained what I was doing. Then, I let him add all the ingredients into the dish and toss it with his hands (don’t forget to wash hands before and after!). Just a note: we didn’t have any grated parmesan cheese on hand – we had shredded. I would highly recommend using grated parmesan like the recipe states since it’ll distribute more evenly throughout the edamame.
Place the baking dish in a 400-degree oven and cook until crispy and golden. It takes about 15-20 minutes and definitely toss halfway in between for even roasting.
Allow to cool before chowing down!
[Disclosure: I received a copy of Kid Approved Healthy Snacks for writing this review, but all opinions are my own. Recipe has been re-printed with permission.]