What is Inside a Chipotle Kids Meal

What is Inside a Chipotle Kids Meal

This week has been B U S Y. Mr. Momtrends is traveling and I have a slew of work commitments and the kids’ schedules are packed. The offer to try out the Chipotle Kids Menu and find out exactly what is inside a Chipotle kids meal, couldn’t have come a better time. Usually I prepare homemade meals and a lot of fish for the kiddos, but in a pinch, I need options.

Usually on nights where we have back-to-back activities, I will grab a pizza or grab sushi to go. Neither are hugely nutritious. I want more options from fast casual restaurants. I don’t think convenient food has to be loaded with sugar, fat, and mystery ingredients. And I most certainly don’t need a toy with my dinner.

Chipotle believes just because food is served fast, it doesn’t mean it needs to be fast food. When I travel, I will often swing by a Chipotle because I know I can get a huge salad packed with protein. I know the restaurants will be clean and efficient and that I can feel good about where the ingredients are sourced. It’s an easy way to keep my health in check when I am on the road promoting the Mom Boss book and lifestyle.

Chipotle Kids Meal

Frankly, I don’t know why I’ve overlooked Chipotle as an option for the kids. We were racing from swim practice to the orthodontist to the tutor and had to walk right by Chipotle. It couldn’t have been easier! What fortuitous timing that they sent me a coupon to try out these meals.

Inside a Chipotle Kids Meal

What is Inside a Chipotle Kids Meal

Here’s the thing, the Kid’s Menu at Chipotle is small and not very well advertised. I want to spread the word, because it’s a great value and a mom-friendly option. When it comes to choice, I got to pick from “build your own” tacos or quesadillas. We picked the “Build Your Own” kit. This is what you get…

  • Start with a choice of two soft or crispy tortillas
  • Next pick one protein. We picked the responsibly raised chicken. Chipotle chickens are raised without antibiotics and fed a vegetarian diet. Good choice kiddos!
  • Then add two fillings (like guacamole, rice, fajita veggies, or cheese)
  • For sides, pick from chips or the healthier option of fruit. We opted for blueberries. An easy and tasty way to pump up the vitamins in this meal.
  • Last choice, your drink. While you CAN get soda, why wreck this meal that is headed in the right direction, we picked organic milk.

The total was $6.66 with tax. That’s my kind of value meal! Have you tried Chipotle? What’s your go-to fast casual meal for the kids when you are pressed for time and want a healthy option?

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We were given coupons to pick up the food for review.

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Let’s Taco Bout Some Must-Try Recipes

What’s for dinner, you ask?

How about tacos? I know, I know… It’s not Tuesday. But it is National Taco Day, and I can’t think of a better, more delicious, spicier way to celebrate.

Stuffed with ground meat, chicken, shrimp, or fish, I don’t discriminate. Add all the fixings from lettuce to black beans to pico to peppers to corn to guac, and I’m in all my meal-time glory!

Tacos are my go-to meal and a staple in my diet, which is why I like to switch things up, get fancy, and try new creative recipes and dishes.

From salads to soups to pizzas and more, I’ve rounded up a few muy muy deliciosa recipes to enjoy tonight, tomorrow, and every evening. Who says tacos are exclusive to Tuesdays?

Taco Cones via Two Healthy Kitchens

Mason Jar Taco Salad via Neighbor Food Blog

Baked Bell Pepper Tacos via Peas and Crayons

Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Chicken Tacos via Will Cook for Smiles

Taco Soup via Cooking Classy

Taco Spaghetti via Life in the Loft House

One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta via Mother Thyme

Taco Pizza via Jo Cooks

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Fiesta Quinoa Salad Recipe

Fiesta Quinoa Salad Recipe

Grains have come a long way, and to add some dimension and unique flavor to our standard dinner I have been testing out quinoa recipes. Quick to cook, these rich grains retain an amazing amount of flavor that I typically accentuate with some dill, salt and pepper. The family loves the grain, but does get sick of the same old recipe. I recently had the chance to check out a new cookbook called Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals that Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet (BenBella Books, September 2011), a comprehensive recipe book with 175 easy-to-make, delicious recipes that use locally grown, organic ingredients.

To mix up a bland dinner, I tested out the Fiesta Quinoa Salad, a Mexican inspired salad that uses both regular and red quinoa for a beautiful look that is also amazing to eat. Much like my standard quinoa dish, this one was also quick (about 30 minutes) where I created both a tasty lime dressing and unique flavors and texture to the quinoa with corn, black beans and yellow peppers. I loved the dimension these flavors brought to the dish as well as the amazing dressing that packed a zesty and bold punch.

The family also loved the dish, and I loved how the book inspired me to try something new – especially since it was based off of a food that we already loved. Written by Christy Morgan, who is also known to her blog readers as The Blissful Chef, the book provides parents with a healthy collection of meals that makes vegetarian and vegan cooking simple, fun and exciting to test out.  Through this book, which also happens to focus on seasonal eating, you can learn a thing or two about cooking at home with Christy’s amazing cooking and prep tips, a guide to stocking your pantry as well as some knife skills to help you through your cooking.

Through the book and a desire to change up our dinnertime routine, I added a new and really easy quinoa dish to our meals while also creating a dish that was vibrant, delicious and heathy!

Fiesta Quinoa Salad by Christy Morgan

Makes 5 to 7 servings
Ingredients:

1 cup white quinoa, plus 1/4 cup red quinoa, washed and drained
1 cup fresh corn, off the cob
2 cups filtered water
Pinch sea salt
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup finely diced yellow pepper (or another color bell pepper)
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup cilantro leaves

Dressing:

2 teaspoons lime zest
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 tablespoons tamari
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Instructions:

Place quinoa, corn, and water in a medium saucepan with pinch of salt and bring to a boil.

Simmer covered for 20 minutes over low flame.
Meanwhile, whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl until well combined.
Fluff quinoa with fork, place in medium bowl, and stir in the black beans, veggies, dressing, and cilantro.
Season with sea salt if needed. Serve warm or cold the next day.

Have you tried any good quinoa recipes? Please share.

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Chips and Dips: 10 Recipes to Dive Into

Chips and dip… A match made in culinary heaven, a universally loved coupling, and the ultimate “uniter” of game fanatics (like my husband) and sports haters (like moi)… They go hand in hand (again, like me and my hubs!), flavor in flavor, and bite for bite.

Clearly, I love me some chips and dips. It’s a favorite appetizer and a totally versatile starter. Whatever your preferred flavor profile there’s a perfect chip and dip combo for you–from the salty and spicy to the crunchy and refreshing to the melty ooey and gooey to the creamy and sweet.

March 23 is National Chip and Dip Day (right?!? who knew?!)–so root for your favorite team (’tis the month of March Madness, after all) or just veg out in front of the TV and binge on Netflix and ranch.

We’ve rounded up a few totally amazing dip recipes from the savory and cheesy to the fresh and healthy to the indulgent and dessert. Happy dipping!

Dill Pickle Dip via Wonky Wonderful

Roasted Polbano & Salsa Verde Dip via the Flavor Bender

Onion-Soup Dip With Bacon and Gruyere via Spicy Southern Kitchen

Hot Caprese Dip via Rachel Cooks

Cheeys Bacon Jalalpeño Corn Dip via Host the Toast

Loaded Cowboy Queso via The Cookie Rookie

Mexican Spinach Dip via Food Folks and FunGreek Layer Dip via Well Plated

Unicorn Cheesecake Dip via Chocolate Covered Katie

Fluffy S’mores Dip via Homemade Hoopla

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Snack Time Hacks

Kids are bottomless pits… or so I’m told. My kids could pass on significant meals all day in lieu of snacks, snacks, and more snack. Salty eats, sweet treats, crunchy munchies, and ooey-gooey chewies, they don’t discriminate. For snacks, there’s no satiating their hunger… But put a balanced breakfast in front of their faces and they’ll turn up their noses and feign full bellies. If it’s labeled a “snack,” they’re game (they don’t even read… how do they know?!?) Just don’t call it a meal… or they’ll bail faster than you can say “lunch is served.”

While I’d love for them to sit down at the family table three times a day for three square meals, I’ve learned to pick my battles with my picky eaters—and to maximize the nutrition in the snacks they actually are consuming. And, perhaps most importantly, this motivated mama has learned to rely on a few sneaky tried-and-true snack-attack hacks to help keep her babies happy and well fed.

Separate Healthy Snacks in a Muffin Tin

This one little trick works to get my kids eating, quietly and cooperatively within seconds. It also encourages them to share politely—win-win! I simply put different snacks in each cup of a muffin tin. (Actually, I create a mirror image of snacks—so my each of my kids has the exact same portion, but they’re own serving.) Raisins, Craisins, dehydrated yogurt snacks, apple slices, grapes, cereal, Goldfish… if it fits in a muffin cup, fill it up!

If you have a tin like this, you can fill the middle row of compartments with extra “sharable” treats—fruit snacks, chocolate chips, and coconut shavings work wonders but might create a thumb war!

P.S. The muffin tin trick is also an amazing hack for sundae bars or taco-night toppings.

Turn Something Healthy Into Something Beautiful… or Into a Super-Indulgent, But Still Somewhat Good-for-YOu Treat!

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Kids refuse to eat their fruits and veggies? You can sneak some greens into a super-delish morning smoothie or you can transform their food into works of edible art. Children are more apt to eat something that looks good—and who could blame them? Of course, if you’re willing to add a little chocolate frosting and sprinkles to an otherwise healthy piece of fruit, the kids will go gaga over these “chocolate donut apple slices.”

Freeze Fro-Yo Into Bites

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What kid can resist a frozen treat? They’ll ask for frozen-dessert bites and never know that this is actually yogurt they’re eating! Just freeze organic vanilla or fruit-flavored yogurt into ice cube trays, and, voila, you’ve got yourself some fun pop-in-your-mouth Popsicles to share.

Kebab It

Put fruit slices on a skewer, and somehow it tastes even better. Fruit kebabs are colorful, fun, and festive. Kids will especially love them when served with a yogurt or dark chocolate dipping sauce. Take them up a notch, by grilling the fruit too.

Play With Your Food

via Kiddie Foodies

My four year old is obsessed with playing tic-tac-to. So I decided to incorporate snacks into his favorite game. We use bread sticks or pretzel rods to make our grid and then fill in the spaces with healthy snacks (think: team carrot stick vs. team celery stalk!). We call it “TIC SNACK TO.” You decide whether the winner or loser has to eat it all… depending on whether you want to cheat or not!.. Me? I always let my little people win.

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Ancolie New York

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It’s the fourth installment of what we love to eat in NYC. Today I’m wearing ALL things I’ve owned and adored, and heading to a favorite lunch spot. Ancolie was introduced to me by a friend. Isn’t that the way we find the gems? We listen to our friends. Well, that’s my job, sharing with my friends. When you are hungry and want to do your body a favor, head to Ancolie in New York.

Ancolie New York

The idea is to offer great food that is ready to go. Start with a fantastic layered salad, then get a perfect coffee and don’t forget a sweet treat. Chloe (shown above), is the mastermind behind the brand. Thank you, Chloe, for giving us better lunch options.

Before we jump to the eats, let’s talk about what I’m wearing. Everything is OLD! Don’t worry, I’ll start talking about spring clothing soon enough. For now I am wearing what I own. I’m embracing winter, and the season I’m in right now.

Most blogs are telling you to think about spring. But friends, it’s 30 degrees in NYC and we are still in sweaters and boots. And you still have to get dressed every day and you have to feel good. And you don’t have to spend any money.

I’m wearing cabi jeans, a vintage Ralph Lauren bomber jacket, a Talbots scarf and some great boots by Robert Clergierie. If you live in a cold climate, I know what you are feeling right now. I see all the pretty spring clothes I cannot wear until late April and I want them. And I want to feel better about my closet.

Ladies, clothes can’t change the weather. It took me decades to figure this out. We have to embrace the now. I do it with owning things I adore. This bomber jacket has been worn HUNDREDS of times. These boots have had to be resoled. The jeans barely can get washed, they are in such heavy rotation.

My fashion advice for the beginning of March: dig into your closet and have fun.

  • Wear some leather now–soon it will be too hot to wear it.
  • Pull out your scarves and figure out new ways to tie them.
  • A pair of boots with heels will always make you feel sassier and more fabulous.

Now back to the food. The presentation, looks so pretty, it’s alive with the colors of REAL FOOD. The containers are meant to show off the fresh ingredients. I tried the Ancolie Jar with walnuts, lentils and goat cheese. Delish! After one of these salads you’ll feel satisfied, not bloated. It’s a great midday spot.

I found everything I tasted to be super fresh and scrumptious. I hope they open a Brooklyn outpost soon, for now, I’ll keep heading into the Greenwich Village to pick up the perfect lunch. If you have a few minutes, order a tea or coffee to enjoy in store. Set up by the window and watch the world go by.

This part of New York is full of students, artists and tourists. You’ve literally got a window to the world. Why not slow down and enjoy the views.

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Ancolie is located in the heart of Greenwich Village. Stop in for breakfast, lunch or snacks. Please tell them Momtrends sent you.

Ancolie New York

Ancolie
58 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011
(646) 524-5929
http://www.ancolie.co/

Other NYC ideas for foodie fun for Two Hands Soho and Stylish Tea Time in Soho and Murray’s Cheese.

Photos by Laura Cardona, check her out on instagram here @cardonastudioo

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3 Super Bowl Appetizers Sure to Score

Super Bowl LI is this Sunday! Are you ready to cheer on your favorite team to victory? While we’ve already got you covered with some crowd-pleasing beer-based cocktails, we promise that these Super Bowl appetizers will be a touchdown. Whether you are hosting a Super Bowl party at home or are looking for something tasty to bring to your game-day host, here are three Super Bowl appetizers that promise to score you some major points.

Am I the only one who can’t get enough Mexican food? I just never get tired of it. Mexican food combines so many important Super Bowl flavors – salty, cheesy, creamy and spicy. Here are three appetizers that are easy to make for a crowd and perfectly combine these key flavors.

Cheesy + Salty: DIY Nachos

Nachos are the perfect blend of so many key Super Bowl flavors – salty chips covered in cheesy cheese and dotted with spicy salsa. I love that they are a versatile vehicle to get so many different flavors in your mouth! Add black beans, ground beef or shredded chicken for some protein. And add a sprinkle of fresh cilantro, jalapenos, black olives or tomatoes and –bam!- you’ve got veggies on there too. Want more nacho inspo? Check out these variations.

Tip 1: Skip the store bought chips and instead get some fresh-made chips from your local Mexican food restaurant or anywhere else that makes their chips fresh. The deli at our local grocery store makes them a few times a week and I won’t eat anything else.

Tip 2: Be sure to stick to a single layer of chips or else layer your ingredients. Otherwise, once the top layer full of all the goodies is gone, you’ll be left with a sad, naked plate of chips.

Spicy + Cheesy: Queso Dip

Cheesy, spicy and simple – what’s not to love! I Skip the pre-made queso dip and whip up a batch of your own with this recipes from Food Network: Cook 1 tablespoon each butter and flour in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in 1/2 pound shredded cheddar and 1/4 cup each cream cheese, milk and jarred salsa until smooth. You can even make it more of a meal by adding in cooked ground beef.

Creamy + Spicy: Seven Layer Dip 

Seven Layer Dip is like the gift that keeps giving. When you first dig in, you get some salsa, maybe some guac. Maybe a little creamy sour cream. But as the dipping and eating and dipping and eating goes, you suddenly discover cheese and beans and ahhhhhh! It’s pretty much a burrito that you are eating over time with the help of chips. AKA heaven. I doubt there’s a “wrong” way to make seven layer dip, but here are three to try. This one adds in hot sauce and green chiles to the beans. This one combines sour cream AND cream cheese for extra creamy cheesiness. And this one relies on chopped avocados, tomatoes and jalapenos.

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After School Fuel Snack Ideas

“I’m hungry!” This is the refrain I hear every day when I pick up my three kids from school.  Sound familiar? It doesn’t matter if I’ve packed a 12-course meal in their Planetbox or sent them to school with peanuts, they are “starving” every afternoon at 3. The solution? The perfect snack equation.

After School Fuel - Best Snacks for Kids

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, the ideal after school snack should meet the following requirements:

  • Make them small. Snacks are meant to fill the gap between meals, not become a whole meal in itself.
  • Protein + carb. Pair a protein-rich food with a carb-rich food. Including a healthy fat will quiet hunger pangs even more.
  • One or two a day. Depending on the child’s age and activity level, they may need one or two snacks a day.

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Here are 10 examples of health after school fuel snacks:

  1. Whole wheat toast + avocado + cucumber slices
  2. Apple slices + nut/seed butter
  3. Homemade trail mix – ¼ cup sunflower seeds or nuts, ¼ cup dried apricots, cherries, or raisins (with no added sugar)
  4. String cheese + grapes
  5. Greek yogurt + granola + frozen berries thawed
  6. Nut/seed butter spread on a small whole-wheat pita
  7. Carrot sticks or sliced veggies + hummus
  8. Rice cakes + nut butter + berries
  9. Smoothie with kale, banana, Greek yogurt, + blueberries
  10. Whole-wheat pita + guacamole + cucumber slices

And don’t forget water! Keeping kids hydrated is vital for keeping them ready for physical activities, helping them stay focused on homework, and balancing their moods. While the amount of water will vary based on your child’s age, gender, size and activity level, the National Academy of Sciences recommends between 7-14 cups of water per day, with the lower end for toddlers and the higher end for teenage boys. Make water more “fun” by using unflavored seltzer water or adding in frozen berries, limes or cucumber slices to infuse it with flavor.

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Want more information on healthy eating? Check out the Kid’s Healthy Eating Plate with tips and advice about fueling your kid with the right foods.

What are you favorite after school snacks to keep your kids fueled for the afternoon?

Momtrends was not paid for this post. Affiliate links included. Photo credit: Copyright © 2015 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. For more information about The Kid’s Healthy Eating Plate, please see The Nutrition Source, Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/kids-healthy-eating-plate.

 

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5 Lunch Box Accessories For More Food Fun

Kids already complaining about their lunch food? Bored by what you’re making Monday-Friday? Make food more fun with these lunch box accessories that can help your kids get excited about eating and help sell fruits and veggies to picky eaters. Who wouldn’t want to eat a cucumber with googly eyes or a sandwich shaped like a seahorse?

Lunch box accessories

1. Add eyeballs.

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I just love these. I know that sticking a pair of these eyeballs into my kids’ lunches would give them a giggle. Suddenly that celery seems a little sillier, that lettuce wrap more likely to get a laugh. And a hopefully bite! As a non-crafter, I also love that these take pretty much zero creative effort on my part. BUY: Amazon

2. Silly sandwich shapes.

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Another sandwich? Add some fun to that PB&J with a cute sandwich cutter. I love this variety pack that has five different shapes to let you create a different shape sandwich every day of the week or this puzzle piece cutter that encourages kids to play with their food. BUY: Amazon

3. Make a scene.

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Here’s another one for those of you who like the idea of adding fun to your kid’s lunch box, but really don’t have the time or creativity to deliver a Pinterest-worthy preschool lunch creation. Food picks. Stick these cute little food picks into sandwiches, strawberries and sushi rolls to instantly add some fun to the food. I like this cute animal variety pack, cats & dogs, or this adorable sea life collection. BUY: Amazon

4. Creative cutting.

cutters

Perfect for cutting out cheese, meat, melon or some veggies, these cutters let you get creative with your lunchbox additions. Choose from animal, flowers, or this three-pack of fun shapes to cut foods into silly shapes for more fun at lunch. BUY: Amazon

5. Make it talk.

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These thought and dialogue bubbles are another great way to add some fun to your kids’ lunch food. From important reminders (“Don’t forget to eat me!”) to punny jokes (“Lettuce be friends!”), these reusable, erasable labels can be a silly addition to the lunch box. Plus, they can be handy for labeling cheeses, dips or sauces on the weekends! BUY: Amazon

What are your favorite lunch box accessories?

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4 Burger Riffs for Your Family to Try

Summer may be over, but the weather is still warm enough to fire up the grill for burgers. If your kids already like traditional burgers, you can use them as a gateway food to introduce your kids to new flavors and ingredients. Here are four burger riffs to help your kids try some new foods and eat a bit more adventurously.

4 New Burger Riffs for your Family to Try

Before you try these burger riffs, three tips to keep in mind.

Start with sliders. Trying a new recipe is always a risk. If you serve sliders (small burgers) instead of full size burgers, you can try out these burger riffs without wasting food.

Get the kids involved. Kids are always more likely to eat things they’ve helped make. Burgers can be especially fun because you can use your hands to mix ingredients together and make patties.

Allow for constructive feedback (and the possibility of failure). I’m not above sneaking in healthy food to my kids’ meals without telling them (hello kale smoothies!), but more often than not, I’m upfront about a new recipe. I tell the kids that we’re trying out a new recipe for dinner and everyone has to try at least 2-3 bites and wait 10 minutes into dinner before giving feedback. Then we go around the table and talk about what we like, don’t like, and how we could improve it. I give my feedback too and it’s good for the kids to see that sometimes I don’t like the new recipe either! When I introduce new recipes this way, I’m always impressed with the feedback I get from my kids. Instead of just “Eww!” or “This is gross!”, I get comments like “I like the flavor, but the texture is a little weird” or “I think it tastes better without the sauce.”

Here are four ways to build off your family’s love of burgers.

1. Make a change to your meat.

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If your basic burger is always made with ground beef, switch it up by making your patty out of a new ingredient. Try out this recipe for a super moist turkey burger (the secret ingredient is ricotta cheese!) or go decadent with a 50/50 bacon and ground beef blend (ask your butcher for a blend). Try this Trader Joe’s frozen Salmon Patty or skip the meat completely and try out this Quinoa Back Bean Burger. See if the kids can guess what the burger is made out by tasting it.

2. Switch out your sauce.

Aioli

If your kids always slather their burgers in ketchup, mix it up by letting them help make and choose from three new burger sauces. (Hint: You’ll be able to sell these new sauces if you pair them with a complimentary topping.) Try a strip of bacon and this easy aioli sauce. Or pesto sauce with a slice of fresh mozzarella. Or a homemade BBQ sauce with sautéed or grilled onions. Consider serving it without the bun to help your kids see beyond the traditional burger.

3. Add in a new condiment.

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Often times kids get in food ruts because we keep making them the same foods the same ways. Mix up your topping options and tell kids they need to choose at least one new burger topping – parents too! Branch out from cheddar cheese and offer pepper jack, smoked gouda or swiss. Try grilled onions or pineapple on your burger. Slice up an avocado or cucumber. Top with coleslaw or mango salsa. Give an award for the most creative, best looking and best combo. Again, making mini burgers like sliders allows kids to try multiple options.

4. Branch out from a traditional bun.

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This Spiced Lamb Patties with Nutty Garlic Sauce puts many of these steps together into one delicious dinner option. It’s quickly become one of my family’s favorites. It may seem like a big jump from a traditional burger, but all the basic elements are there – a “bun” (the flatbread), a “patty” (an oblong-shaped lamb patty), and toppings (peanut sauce and herb salad). While my 6-year-old eats this as is (herb salad on top and all!), my 8-year-old prefers to eat the parts separately – a kind of deconstructed burger. Another family favorite are these DIY P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps which include a crunchy lettuce “bun” and a chopped up ground chicken “patty”. Of if you’re really feeling adventurous – try out this tomato bun!

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