Pasta is a staple in a child's diet, but that doesn't mean that veggies can't be either. A cooking school for kids, Freshmade NYCaims to educate students about making smarter food choices by encouraging them to think about what they eat, where it comes from, how to prepare it, and how to share it!
This includes classes that focus on a specific theme and students where students are provided with recipes and take-home assignments to share with their families that focus on a particular ingredient that was used during the lesson.
One of the best parts of Freshmade NYC is that it engages the whole family. Parents are invited to participate in classes and be as hands on as the kids. Children are having so much fun, and the meals taste so yummy that they forget they are eating healthy. The meals taught in classes arent just for kids; moms and dads will enjoy them too! Past lessons include panzanella salad, pizza kale chips, rice pilaf and healthy smoothies.
To mix up pasta eating, co-founder, Cara Buffalino-Silman, CHHC, AADP, shared with Momtrends a recipe for Beauty Beet Gnocchi.
Gnocchi, a type of potatoes made into soft, tasty little dumplings is one of Italys oldest dishes and also a popular meal in the U.S. However, gnocchi has little to no health benefits. Potatoes are packed with starchy carbohydrates and low in protein. Freshmade NYC offers families a healthier alternative to this classic dish. By substituting beets for potatoes, your meal instantly loses calories, gains extra vitamins and becomes a pretty pink color!
Why Freshmade loves beets:
Beets are a powerhouse of phytonutrients providing antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. Beets belong to the chenopod family, which also includes chard, spinach and quinoa. You can eat beets raw, steamed, roasted or juice them (we love a good carrot, beet, apple and ginger combo!) Beets are a good source of vitamins A, C and manganese. The greens attached to the beetroot are edible and delicious, cook them as you would Swiss chard, spinach or kale. They are rich in nutrients and concentrated in vitamins and minerals. (Psst, Moms: beets are a great source of Vitamin A, an antioxidant well known for its ability to reduce wrinkles!)
Beautiful Beet Gnocchi
2-3 small to medium sized beets, tops and ends removed, cleaned well and quartered
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt & fresh pepper
1 1/4 + cups flour
1/4 cup ricotta
Approx 2 tablespoons organic butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil, spray lightly with olive oil Bake beets for approx 30 minutes or until tender. When cooled, peel skin with a paring knife and pulse in a food processor until just smooth, leaving a little texture. In a large bowl, combine the beet puree, ricotta, 1/2 teaspoon salt, fresh pepper, and flour (adding a little flour at a time until a dough forms, the dough should be soft but not too sticky, the goal is to use as little flour as possible to keep the gnocchi from becoming too dense). Bring water to boil in a large pot and add a generous amount of salt.
Roll the dough into a snake. Cut bite size pieces. Roll over tine of fork. Repeat until all gnocchi are done.
When the water comes to a rolling boiling, add gnocchi, cooking in batches as to not overcrowd the pot. When gnocchi begins to float remove with slotted spoon to a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining gnocchi. When all gnocchi have been cooked, heat about two tablespoons butter in a sauté pan and add the gnocchi, tossing to coat. Cook about 7-10 minutes on medium heat. Season with salt and pepper.
Fresh herbs like rosemary is also a nice addition to this dish.
Plate and serve.
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