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So, this morning when I was browsing through my twitter account Today’s Dietitian, the magazine for nutrition professionals, posted an article about a new initiative to get families and children cooking together.
The article titled “Making Mondays Family Night” by Kathy Hardy summarized the initiative as part of a growing public health movement to improve the health of families. According to The Monday Campaign website, Mondays were targeted for their public health initiatives because of recent research (2014) that showed a correlation between healthy choice Google searches and the beginning of the week.
You might have already heard some of The Monday Campaigns initiatives for health such as Meatless Monday. This popular campaign was launched in 2003 and since then has traveled to organizations and universities in the area.
Now, as of 2010, The Monday Campaign and Columbia University has launched Kids Cook Mondays. Through their website families can find easy to make recipes for kids, fun facts, a weekly newsletter, and conversation starters. In addition there are short videos on how to make these recipes.
As you know cooking is a great way to make memories, impart nutrition knowledge, and have fun! So, in honor of both Kids Cook and Meatless Monday I will share with you a recipe my mom taught my brother and I when we were young.
Pizza Night! (Vegetarian
Making personal pan pizzas is quick, easy, and kids approved. What you will need :
4 whole wheat English muffins
Olive or canola oil
Part Skim Mozzarella/Cheddar Cheese
Favorite toppings (peppers, onions, broccoli, spinach etc…)
Spices of your choice
Either a stove or a toaster oven
1.) Pre-heating oven to 350 degrees F if using an oven.
2.) Placing a cookie sheet on the counter.
3.) Then cut English muffins in half and lay them out on the cookie sheet.
4.) Drizzle Olive oil, sprinkle cheese, add tomato sauce, and top with topping of you or your kids choice. Add basil, parsley, garlic, or pepper to your taste.
5.) Cook for 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted and sides brown.