Kids-in-the-kitchen Lentil Salad: Detox recipe 18 of 21October 25, 2012
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Turns out, the time is now.
Last week I posted a question to my Facebook wall about what age people got their kids helping in the kitchen. And so many of you said “by age 2″ I’m realizing it’s time I gave my son some meal prep duties!
This is exciting stuff.
But where to begin?
I’m loving Leah over at Skillitri.com for her tips on how to teach kids these important life skills. Thanks for today’s easy recipe, Leah!
Kids-in-the-kitchen Lentil Salad
1 cup green lentils
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 large cucumber
1 bunch fresh parsley
1/2 tsp. cumin
3 Tbl. red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
3 Tbl. olive oil
1/4 tsp. pepper
Rinse & drain lentils. Add to a pot & cover with cold water, about 6 cups. Bring to boil, then lower heat to simmer, cover and cook for 30-45 mins. Check to make sure lentils are tender but not mushy.
Wash & chop all veggies: cucumbers, tomatoes & parsley. Add all to a large mixing bowl.
Include kids of all ages when cooking this dish. Cutting parsley & other herbs is fun & easy with any pair of scissors. Use any clean pair that fits their hands well. Seeding Cucumbers will keep your salad from getting soggy. First, cut in half crosswise & lengthwise. Use a small spoon to scrape out seeds. Then cut into small, bite-size pieces. When kids are involved in making something, they are much more likely to eat it!
Make dressing by adding vinegar, oil, cumin, salt & pepper to a glass jar with a lid. Close lid tightly and shake to combine.
My son could totally shake a jar for me!
When lentils are done, drain in colander and rinse with cold water. This stops them from continuing to cook and prepares them to mix with your veggies
Add lentils to the veggies and then pour over the dressing. Mix well to combine and coat evenly.
Serve with or on top of a green salad for a complete meal.
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