How To’s For Delicious Burger Toppings Edition #1

What’s in a burger? That by any other flavour would smell as delicious…

Getting our little ones to come to the table, let alone eat can be a challenge. They would rather be off rolling, spinning, falling, throwing, doing pretty much anything rather than come sit down ‘nicely please’ and eat the delicious meal that we have so lovingly and sacrificially made. Ay Caramba, it just grinds the gears!

Well, in approaching meal times with our flair of dignity, pluck and dare we say it, shrewd intellect, we parents do have some resources up our sleeves. One of the tricks, dear brethren and madams, is to up tactility, ‘gooeyness’ and versatility. One word, BURGERS. More on that later.

To get dinner time to be a time of somewhat calm, food actually going into mouths and ‘thank you, thank you, thank you mummy/daddy for preparing such a scrumptious meal’ here are some tips for delicious meals that won’t cost the earth, all our precious minutes of freedom from the office and will go down a treat.

IT’S BURGER TIME!

First tip. Get ‘em involved. Get ‘em all up in the making, the brainstorming, the ingredients, the cooking process and then likely as not, they will be very invested in the eating process!

  1. Sweet Potato & Avocado Burger & Pepper Jack Cheese Burger

To simplify the process you can buy burger patties ready to be fried. Look out for the lean meat option to optimise on healthy options.

Go for whole wheat burger buns.

You can buy sweet potato fries ready to bake in the oven or make them straight from the source.

Preheat your oven at 180 degrees. Chop a sweet potato up into thin chips. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over them. For a delicious burst of flavour sprinkle rosemary over. A pinch of salt over them and pop them in for 30 minutes or longer if you like them crispy. Depending on your oven you may need to tweak the specifics. But they will turn out delicious either way!

Cut up an avocado and put the slices out on a plate.

Choose an ‘exciting’ cheese. Pepper jack cheese is a great choice with a little spicy bite which lends itself to a great burger experience.

Let the family assemble their burgers, fried patties, sweet potato fries, avocado and cheese make for a new burger experience you won’t regret.

How To Sneak In Veggies

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  1. Dunk and Dip

Sometimes the first step is the smallest but at least a step has been taken! Cut up carrots, capsicum, cucumber and any other vegetables that you want to introduce to your children. Partner these chopped vegetables with healthy dips like hummus, salsa or any low fat salad dressing, yogurt-based ones are best if you need that extra creamy edge. Having the veggies in chopped form allows for easy access, high tactility and dipping fun! Kids are naturally drawn to activities where they can lead with touch and explore. Through exposing your children to veggies with some yummy dips, the incentive is greater to eat up all the nutrients in those chopped delights. Chopped veggies are great for school lunches and after school snacks.

    2. Get Kids Cooking

Research some healthy recipes that you would like to try. Save a few to a folder on your computer. This way you can start accruing a few recipes that you can rely on in later weeks. Bring your children around the computer or even ask them to write out the recipe in their neatest handwriting to a menu book. Through involving your kids in the process of researching recipes and meals, excitement and anticipation can build for the process of cooking and eating. A tip is to make sure you highlight the pictures on the menus to tantalise their taste buds. Ask them to be in charge of retrieving certain ingredients from the supermarket and assign each child a chopping and preparation roll. Through being involved children and humans in general form a bond with the activity and final outcome. A great help when it comes to fuss free healthy eating!

    3. Allow Treats

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