Have you begun to make preparations for your family Thanksgiving dinner? Why not checking some of our ideas and make it even more special, not to mention unique and healthy. We thought of a way to include more fruits and vegetables for our little ones and at the same time play with a mixture of sweet and salty flavors. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

Fennel, apple and orange salad

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There are a variety of reasons we’ve decided to add fennel to our Thanksgiving meal. Fennel is a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin C. It is a fat-free herb with green tops full of vitamin A. This herb is known for treating babies’ colic and easing digestive problems. Even though there isn’t a scientific proof, it is believed that fennel helps breastfeeding mothers boost their milk supplies.

Apple is our very known fruit. It’s fat-free, as well as an excellence source of fiber, vitamins C and A. Orange is one of the best sources of vitamin C, specially recommended for these colder seasons as they help you fight flues and colds. So, this interesting and healthy combination of sweet and salty tastes will improve your Thanksgiving meal and satisfy kids’ curiosity. Let’s see what you will need for 8 servings:

  • 4 sliced fennel bulbs
  • 1/4 cup of chopped fennel fronds
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • Salt
  • 5 oranges
  • 5 apples

Of course, you can choose your amount of apples and oranges depending on the type of flavor you’d like to get. Now, let’s see how we prepare the salad:

  • Mix olive oil, apple cider vinegar and salt in one larger bowl to make a dressing
  • Halve oranges and apples from top to bottom, then crosswise the slices
  • Add chopped fennel fronds and sliced bulbs into the bowl with the dressing
  • Mix it all together to get an equal mixture of flavors

Cauliflower salad with redcurrants

culiflower-salad

Redcurrants are known for being great antioxidants and a good source of fibers. They are fat-free and rich in vitamin C. Cauliflower is also full of vitamin C, as well as manganese. It is an excellent source of vitamin K, too. Adding redcurrants to this salad will help parents attract kids to eat cauliflower, because we all know not many kids are fond of it. Also, redcurrants will be a nice decoration on your salad and its bright red color will delight everyone at your table.

So, let’s see what we need for 6 servings:

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • Redcurrants (as many as you wish to add)
  • 5 grated carrots
  • Sliced lettuce
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt

This is how the salad can be prepared:

Boil a pan of salted water and add cauliflower to blanch for 2 minutes. When you take the boiled cauliflower out, squeeze lemons on top of them to cover it with the lemon juice. In a larger bowl, mix the chopped parsley, olive oil, salt and sliced lettuce. Feel free to add any other vegetable you wish. Add the boiled cauliflower and put the grated carrots on top. Mix it all together for an equal flavor. Add redcurrants before serving, mix it again and then add more for a nice decoration. And there you have a sweet and salty salad which is equally tasty and healthy.

Family cooking is always fun!

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The salads that we’ve just shown you taste even better if you include your little ones into preparations. They will most probably have some ideas about what else you can add in the salads, giving you an opportunity to adjust flavors according to their favorite herbs, fruits and vegetables. They will be happy and anxious to show their salads to the rest of the family. This is also a good opportunity for them to learn more about healthy eating habits, so engaging them with preparation can have long-term benefits.

Cooking is more fun if we cook together. Look at it as a fun arts and crafts activity in the kitchen. The best part of it is definitely the time when they brag about what they have prepared. We simply love that, don’t you?