Amazing Kids! Magazine

Cook Time with Remmi

By Remmi Smith, Cook Nook Columnist

Hi Amazing Kids! On March 17th, it is estimated 94 million people will wear green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Makes sense… you don’t want to get pinched! Besides St Patrick’s Day, March is “National Nutrition Month,” the 11th is “Johnny Appleseed Day”, the 15th is “Incredible Kid Day,” and the 19th is “Poultry Day.” Do you know how to catch a leprechaun? Well, I am going to tell you. But first, let’s get cooking! It’s all healthy and delicious!

Remmi’s St Patrick’s Day Menu
Chicken Divan
Colcannon
Green Salad
Baked Green Apples

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CHICKEN DIVAN

Ingredients:

  • 1½ lb boneless chicken breasts (cooked, diced)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 C onion (chopped)
  • 5 T flour
  • 2 C chicken broth (low sodium, low fat)
  • 1 C milk (low fat)
  • 2 T orange juice
  • 1 lb broccoli crowns (cut into large dice)
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¾ C grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ C low fat mayonnaise
  • 2 t Dijon mustard
  • ¼ C panko*

Directions:

Prepare ingredients as directed. In medium saucepan, sauté the onions in olive oil until soft. Add flour and mix. Add broth, milk, orange juice, and simmer stirring constantly until thickened. Add broccoli, ½ C parmesan, mayonnaise, mustard and salt and pepper. In a lightly greased baking pan, spread half of the broccoli mixture. Layer the cooked chicken on top. Spread the remaining broccoli mixture on the chicken. Mix remaining Parmesan with the panko (*Japanese breadcrumbs) and sprinkle on top. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

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COLCANNON

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of Yukon gold potatoes with skin on (large dice, cooked, drained)
  • 1 C milk (low fat)
  • 5 shredded cabbage
  • 5 green onions (sliced)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh parsley (chopped)

Directions: Prepare potatoes as directed. Mash potatoes with milk and blend. Bring a pot of water to a boil. The water should be about the level of 1 ½ inches. Add the cabbage, green onion, and salt and pepper. Cover pan and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes until the cabbage is tender. Drain the cabbage and mix with the potatoes. Garnish with fresh parsley.

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GREEN SALAD WITH CITRUS VINEGARETTE

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 4 C baby lettuces
  • 1 endive (sliced)
  • 1 granny smith apple (sliced)
  • 2 green onions (sliced)
  • ¼ C sliced walnuts (toasted)

Dressing:

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T orange juice
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 2 t white wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:
Place salad ingredients in order listed on medium platter. Prepare the dressing and toss with the salad when ready to eat.

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BAKED GREEN APPLES

Ingredients:

  • 4 granny smith apples
  • Dash salt and pepper
  • ¼ C brown sugar
  • ½ C cranberries (dried)
  • 2 t butter
  • ½ C apple juice
  • 1 C plain yogurt
  • ¼ t cinnamon

Directions:
Starting from the top of the apple core half way down. Place apples in a small baking pan. Sprinkle apples with a dash of salt and pepper. Mix cranberries with the sugar and spoon mixture into the cavity of the cored apples. Place a half teaspoon of butter on top. Pour the juice around the apples. Cover with foil and place in preheated 425 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil and baste apples with the juices. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes. Mix plain yogurt with the cinnamon. Place apples in individual serving bowls. Spoon some of the juice on each apple. Place a spoonful of yogurt on each apple.

Ok, time for some fun food facts and food history. Did you know…?

  • There are 36 million Americans that claim Irish ancestry and there are only 4.4 million Irish living in all of Ireland?
  • Johnny Appleseed was a real person named John Chapman. As he traveled westward, he planted apple trees along the way.
  • The very first St Patrick’s Day parade happened in America in Boston in 1737.
  • The Oscar statue was handcrafted by Cedric Gibbons who was from Dublin.
  • “Lucky the Leprechaun” who is the mascot of Lucky Charms Cereal was created in 1963.

  • West Virginia, Indiana, Texas and Oklahoma have cities named “Shamrock.”
  • The Irish served the dish of “Colcannon” on Halloween. Several large buttons were hidden in the dish. If a girl found one of the buttons, she would marry. If a boy found a button, he would remain a bachelor.
  • “Chicken Divan” was the signature dish of a New York Restaurant, “The Divan Parisienne”, in the 1950’s.

As promised, here’s how to catch a leprechaun. You will need a shoe box, green paint, green tissue paper, old shoe, and a few coins. Paint the shoebox green, place old shoe in box, lay tissue paper on top of the box, and then place a few coins on top of the tissue paper. Leprechauns also like shamrocks so you might want to add a paper shamrock on your box. Place your box near a green bush or if there is a rainbow, that’s the very best place to put your trap as they tend to hang out at rainbows with their treasures.

Leprechauns tend to be greedy so as soon as they see the coins they are going to go after them. As they climb up the box to get to the coins, they will fall through the tissue paper and into the box. Very quickly place the lid on the box. This is where the fun happens. When Leprechaun’s are caught by mortals, they will negotiate with you to set them free and promise great wealth. Keep in mind they are very tricky and they will vanish if you take your eyes off of them… even for a second! I think it would be impossible to keep your eye on them forever, so it is best to take the offer of wealth and set the little guy free. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Also, don’t forget the 15th is “Incredible Kid Day.” Don’t you just love kid holidays?!
~ Remmi

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