Amazing Kids! Magazine

Cook Time with Remmi

By Remmi Smith, Cook Nook Columnist

 

Hi Amazing Kids! September is National Honey month, National Fruit and Veggie Month, and autumn begins. In September 2010, President Obama signed a “Presidential Proclamation” naming September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  While it is sad that we need this proclamation, I think it is good that we are as a country tying to fix this issue. September is also Better Breakfast Month. We are now back in school and healthy eating starts with a healthy breakfast, so I am dedicating this issue to healthy and easy breakfast ideas.

 

Remmi’s September Menu

Strawberry Sandwich

Spaghetti Omelet

Pita Pocket Eggs

Yogurt Sundae

Mexican Toast

 

Strawberry Sandwich

My Favorite, As you may know, strawberries are my all time favorite food. I think I eat them everyday!

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of toast (whole wheat or whole grain)
  • 2 Tbsp cream cheese (low or no fat)
  • ¾ C sliced strawberries

Directions:

Toast bread. Spread cream cheese on one slice. Place sliced berries on cream cheese. Top with the remaining toast. You can also prepare this recipe with only one toast.

 

Spaghetti Omelet

This is my mother’s creation for leftover spaghetti


Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 C spaghetti
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp milk

Directions:

Sauté spaghetti in the oil. Mix eggs with the milk and stir until blended. Add the eggs to the pan and cook over medium heat. When the eggs are cooked on the bottom, fold in half. Continue to cook until the eggs are finished cooking.  (Also-you can add veggies to this dish-one of my favorites is sliced celery. Add the veggies the same time you sauté the spaghetti.)

 

Pita Pocket Eggs

This is a good one for on the go


Ingredients:

  • ½ pita pocket (whole wheat)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 C veggies sliced (red or green peppers/mushrooms/or mixture)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 slices of tomato
  • ½ C baby spinach
  • 1 Tbsp parmesan (optional)

Directions:

Warm pita in microwave for a few seconds. Sauté veggie in oil until crispy and tender. Mix the milk with the eggs and add to vegetable mixture. Cook eggs until done, over medium heat. Place the spinach and tomato in the pita and then stuff with the eggs. You can also sprinkle with 1 Tbsp parmesan.

 

Yogurt Sundae

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 C plain yogurt (non or low fat)
  • ½ C fruit (fresh or canned will work. I love it with canned pineapple and of course strawberries!)
  • 2 Tbsp granola (corn flakes are also good or some chopped nuts are awesome)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 cherry (absolutely necessary to complete the sundae)

Directions:

Pour yogurt in the bottom of a cup. Pile the fruit in the middle on top of the yogurt. Then Sprinkle granola and drizzle with honey. Finally, place cherry on top. (Presentation is everything with this dish-people eat with their eyes!!)

 

Mexican Toast

Another good leftover idea

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice bread (whole wheat)
  • ½ C beans (refried are awesome but I also like this with black beans)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp salsa
  • 2 Tbsp cheese (shredded-low fat)

Directions:

Toast bread and place on a baking sheet. Spread the toast with the beans. Cook the egg over easy. Place egg on the bean mixture. Top with salsa and then the cheese. Place under broiler until cheese is melted. (This also tastes good without the egg if you want to skip that step)

 

Other Breakfast Ideas

Think outside the cereal box

  • Cottage cheese is great for breakfast. Top it with some fruit or tomatoes.
  • Mix cereal with yogurt instead of milk.
  • Learn to make baked (shirred eggs)-super easy.
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Top a leftover hamburger with an egg.
  • Peanut butter or nut butter on toasted bread or bagel and topped with a banana (I know this isn’t new….but when was the last time you tried this one?).
  • Canned fruit and a slice of toast.

 

Did you  know?

  • That sealed honey containers found in King Tut’s tomb was edible…2000 years later!!! Yucky!
  • Round cherry pits were used to play games like marbles.
  • Olive trees live a long time…some are over 1500 years old!
  • Bananas are nutritious and easy to digest…it is the number one fruit  offered to babies.
  • Dried fruits are just as nutritious as fresh fruits…great snack!
  • Americans eat approximately 20 pounds of apples each year.
  • The number one breakfast cereal was created in 1863 in New York by a vegetarian.
  • Cereal is the number one breakfast food in America and it is the number one food bought in America.
  • Bees have to visit 2 million flowers to produce 1 pound of honey.
  • Bees have been around 150 million years producing honey.
  • 80% of the pollination of fruit/vegetable/seed crops in America is done by honeybees.

Well, Amazing Kids, hope you enjoy some new breakfast ideas. I will leave you with one last thing I read…..Eat breakfast like a KING, lunch like a PRINCE and dinner like a PAUPER. Happy AUTUMN. Remmi <3!!!!