Food Revolution Day! Kids + Food + A Recipe!

by Mijune on May 19, 2012 · 8 comments

in Announcements,Best Foodie Moments,Food Event,Pastries/Cookies,Recipe,Vegetarian

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Follow Me Foodie to Food Revolution Day!

Today is the 1st annual and global Food Revolution Day! Food Revolution Day is an initiative started by Jamie Oliver and the purpose of the day is to stand up for real food and better food. Technically we should be celebrating this every day though. People from around the world are raising awareness and educating people through cooking classes, seminars and events in their own cities and homes.

So who’s in on it? Everyone! Well sort of, this is the first year and it’s just the beginning. But thousands of people from parents to kids, and celebrities and athletes are working towards the same goal: to promote healthy eating and food education in our communities. Anyone can participate and it can be as easy as making food from scratch, eating healthy, going to a restaurant that is socially responsible, visiting the local famer’s market or simply spreading the word about Food Revolution Day.

Food education needs to start at a young age. You gotta get them when they’re young! Encourage kids to explore food and get them curious about what they eat. Get kids excited about learning about food! Or make them try something new! Take them to the farmers markets and show them where their food comes from. Get them to water the vegetable garden and if you don’t have one, then start one! Even if it’s too late at least the idea is “planted”. Let them help with dinner or help them make something from scratch. You can even even fake “plant” carrots so they can pick them! So many kids have never picked a vegetable from the ground. Just get them interested. It’s suppose to be a fun day and the point is to get them connected with food.

Actually all of the above applies to adults too and not only kids… I even wouldn’t mind picking “staged” carrots. The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter what age you are, we all have to eat, so it doesn’t matter how you participate today, but just participate!

On Follow Me Foodie I’ve decided to post a series of photos celebrating Food Revolution Day.

The theme is kids + food.

How to submit your photo:

1) Email – mpak(@)followmefoodie(dot)com

2) Tweet your photo to @followmefoodie #KidsandFood

3) Leave a comment on this with the appropriate link.

Please size photos to 640 X 480. Include the name and what he/she eating or I’ll call it “kid”.

And no, I’m not going to make you vote for the cutest kid or anything stupid like that. This is about kids + food! Good food! Real food! I don’t even care if it’s cake or cookies, but as long as it’s made from scratch or a healthier version.

Kids + Food.

Emily + Corn. Photo from Karen.

Twins + Carrots. Photo from Stacey Robinsmith.

Lulu + Eggs. Photo from Beatrice at LaTartineGourmande.com

Alyssa + Sugar Cookies. Photo from Holly.

Sierra & Savana + Raw Effing Oysters. Photo from Rob @effingoyster.

Nevaeh + Nori. Photo from Bonnie at BonGateau.ca

Aria + Red Pepper. Photo from Eric.

Dylan + Oatmeal M & M Cookies. Photo from Tanya.

Jayden + Raw Kuushi Oyster. Photo from me.

Kaitlin + Vegetable Garden. Photo from Karen @TinyBites.

Emily & Friend + Grocery Shopping. Photo from Andrew.

Kid + Grapes. Photo from me.

Nolan + Pot of Soup. Photo from Elisabeth and Shawn @AuntiePestos.

Savana + Home made sustainable seafood sushi. Photo from Rob @effingoyster.

Sierra + Vegetable Garden. Photo from Rob @effingoyster.

Kids + Homemade Cupcakes. Photo from @FrostingCupcake.

Robyn-Ashley + Heart Shaped Cheese and Fruit. Photo from Christine @ChancesMommy.

Robyn-Ashley + Watermelon. Photo from Christine @ChancesMommy.

Finn + Freshly baked home made bread. Photo from @macarontriebow.

Lila + Tomato Plant. Photo from @BenGarf.

Jasmine + Panna Cotta with Mango Caviar. Photo from @ChefAlexTung.

Jasmine + Lostock Farms Squab Leg. Photo from @ChefAlexTung.

Kids + Homemade Swirl Pops. Photo from Nicole at {Swirl} Pops.

Green Crackers Recipe

I’ve also included a recipe for Green Crackers from my cousin Tanya.

Message from Tanya: “From the traditional to the new healthy version: My kids love these green crackers, made today from the leaves of organic beetroots from the local farm (hence the reddish colour), along with sesame, and grated cheese on top.” – Tanya.

Green Crackers Recipe

Ingredients

100g boiled Swiss chard leaves, beetroot leaves, or such
150g plain flour
50g corn flour, or cornmeal
2 tbsp caster sugar or coconut sugar (healthier)
2-3 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 tsp salt
40g butter
30g cream cheese (optional)
2-3 tbsp cold water

Directions:

1. Preheat over to 180ºC/350ºF.

2. Boil chard/beetroot leaves for 2 min. or until tender. Drain. Chop finely.

3. Mix all dry ingredients in bowl.

4. Last, add butter and cream cheese (optional).

5. Rub in with fingers the butter, cream cheese with dry ingredients until like coarse breadcrumbs.

6. Now add the finely chopped leaves and stalks.

7. Then stir in water, one tablespoon at a time, to bind a pastry.

8. Roll out pastry to 3mm thick.

9. Cut into squares, prick with fork, and if you like, sprinkle some cheese on top.

10. Bake until golden, about 15-18 min.




{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gahz May 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

omg this could possibly be one of my most favourite FMF posts ever. i love all these pics so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 Karen May 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm

My fave pic so far is the two kids holding hands with cupcakes. Aww!

Thanks for this recipe! Now I know what to do with the Swiss chard growing in our patio!

3 Christine (@chancesmommy) May 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Oh my gosh! Love, love, love all the Food Revolution Day Kids post! Too cute! Love seeing kidlets eating GOOD-for-you food :)

4 Mimihui-Pak May 20, 2012 at 1:14 am

I think that this is a very good idea . I did it for my daughters too. Let them grow the fruit trees in the garden & vegetables. I also wanted them to water them & pick them too… it was fun… but at the end I did everything myself ha…ha…ha….Thanks followmefoodie.

5 LotusRapper May 20, 2012 at 8:16 am

I bought this book when my son was around 1.5 to 2.5 years old, thinking he’d be averse to many “healthy” foods (ie: veggies & fruits) that kids generally are picky with:

http://www.amazon.com/Deceptively-Delicious-Simple-Secrets-Eating/dp/0061251348

I was actually proven wrong. He eats most of all the veggies and fruits us grown-ups eat. At any rate, the book is a good resource to have around.

Great thread, Mijune !!!

6 Nicole Dafoe May 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Great pics!!!!!! <3 We are going to try this recipe today!! Thanks so much =)

7 Linda May 23, 2012 at 9:58 am

these pictures really made my day! wonderful post Mijune! :) it’s never too late to start your kids eating wonderful food!

8 Mijune May 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm

@Linda – so cute right!??

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