Life is too short not to try new things (I mean, if not now, when?), so I decided recently to have our family try at least one new food every week. I’m not sure how long this will go on for us but so far the kidlets are really enjoying it! We’ve had some successes and some definite misses since we started. Back in December I made them Indian Butter Chicken and that didn’t go over so well. But whenever I take them to Produce Depot to pick out a fruit or veggie we’ve never tried, we seem to have success.
Sometimes I have to laugh at myself while we’re in the produce store. Forget begging for candy or sugary cereal. I may be the only parent out there whose kids are begging for brussel sprouts and artichokes in the middle of the store! So far new types of produce to us have included:
And this week the kidlets chose:
Looks like I’m going to have to learn how to cook the artichokes in the next day or two. Plus, I’ll finally get the opportunity/excuse to try out a recipe for Guatemalan Stuffed Plantain Patties (Platenos Rellenos) I’ve been holding onto for a while now.
Boil until very soft:
3 large, slightly ripe plantains, unpeeled
1 cinnamon stick
Peel and mash plantains.
Mash 1 1/2 cups black beans, cooked and drained.
Form plantain dough into patties and put scoop of mashed bean in centre of each. Fold up patties and fry in hot oil.
Roll in a little sugar and serve hot.