With our fast paced life most parent’s after-school hours are generally filled with moving kids between activities and no
time for a leisurely snack time around the kitchen table. You are certainly not alone.
However, it doesn’t mean you have to skip healthy after school snacks for kids. Therefore Instead of depending on fast food drive-through, you can pack these easy snacks instead.
1. Baked Chips - when your kid doesn’t want anything sweet, offer a low calorie, crisp snack in a package instead. Yes, it’s still chips, but at least they are baked & not fried
2. Nutella to Go - I wouldn’t recommend you feed your kids Nutella every day, but if you need to make sure your kids eat a snack, offering this handy dip combo may be the easiest option available.
3. Veggie Sticks - A lot of quick, go-to snacks aren’t necessarily healthy. While these gluten free veggie sticks may not be the exact same as a veggie tray, they are the next best thing you can buy in a bag.
4. Veggies and Dip - If you can find the time, a handful of baby carrots along with a squirt of ranch or scoop of hummus will become a super easy after school snack in one of these containers.
5. Trail Mix - A handful of trail mix can provide fiber, protein and a bit of chocolate—the perfect combination, in my opinion! These are great for dividing up into bags and taking them with you on the go. Use varieties without chocolate to withstand hot temperatures outside if you’ll be in the car awhile.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when buying healthy store bought snacks for kids (and also for yourself!)
TIP: There’s not really a “perfect” snack for kids, so do your best with the options you have!
Here we go again with another non-recipe recipe. You’re going to be so glad to have this one in your back pocket. These green pea fritters make a great snack, side dish, brunch item, or lunch (give or take a salad), and they’re just an all around wonderful little way to turn some frozen veg into something really special!
Less batter more vegetables
I had been playing around with the basic formulation of this recipe for a while. Many of the recipes I see online are made up of mostly batter, with a few veggies suspended within. I didn’t want that. I wanted a full-fledged-veg scenario, and that is exactly what I ended up with here.
The thing about recipes…
Although the parent recipe is based on frozen peas, I’ve made these fritters with a multitude of different veggies including carrots, corn, parsnips, broccoli and cauliflower, and they are all wonderful.
When choosing which veg will be the star of this fritter show, there are a couple of considerations you will want to make. When making substitutions, consider:
With frozen peas for example, they are essentially cooked already, and all they need is to be warmed through. The same goes for frozen corn. If you are going all-in with say, carrots or cauliflower–you’ll want to pre-cook those, as they are not getting much cooking action once they’ve arrived in the fritter batter.
The best approach for pre-cooking, in my experience, is with a quick blanch or steam. I usually do this with a splash of water in a covered bowl in the micro
Some vegetables are just wetter than others. Spinach and other leafy greens will want to be blanch/steamed first, then have the water squeezed out of them. Otherwise, you’re going to end up with watery fritters. Starchy veggies like squash or potatoes always need a good squeezing before they become fritter-ized.
I might also say, maybe steer clear of trying these fritters with say, a mushroom? It just doesn’t feel like a good idea to me. Although I would secretly love it if someone did do it and they turn out amazingly.
Start with the peas
All that being said, I do encourage you to try it first with the peas. Mostly because they’re just so beautiful! The bright green is totally uplifting and so darn pretty. Once you’ve been around the block with this frozen peas recipe, feel free to move on to frozen corn and other veggies, and get creative with the flavor profile.
How to make these green pea fritters
You only need five ingredients to make these little green beauties, plus salt and whatever flavors you want. Start by defrosting the peas–either by letting them sit in the fridge overnight, or at room temp for a couple of hours, OR by giving them a minute or so in the microwave.
Add half the peas, a sliced clove of garlic (technically optional but encouraged), salt, and two eggs to a food processor and pulse to combine. You can also use a mini chopper, immersion blender, or regular blender for this. The mixture doesn’t need to be silky smooth, just roughly blended so the peas spread their bright greenness throughout the fritter batter.
Then fold in your flour, baking powder, and flavors. My favorite flavors with peas are of the springy herby variety. Things like lemon zest, mint, chives, and parsley. These only take about two minutes per side in an olive oil laden frying pan over medium heat.
Once they’re done, remove them from the pan and either eat them right away or transfer them to a wire rack until they’ve cooled completely. These are great hot, cold, or room temperature. You can keep them in the fridge for several days, or in the freezer for up to a month or so.
I like to serve mine warm with a drizzle of plain yogurt, sometimes seasoned with a pinch of salt and maybe a squeeze of lemon. I have also enjoyed these vibrant green pea fritters floating atop a silky smooth tomato soup for lunch. Or how about dipping corn fritters into some creamy corn chowder for a bit of a corn extravaganza?
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