As a Speech Language Pathologist, the oral motor abilities and feeding concerns of children fall under my scope of practice. Each year, the number of children with feeding concerns with which I work grows considerably. With this in mind, I am attempting to expose my daughter to a variety of tastes and textures for her to continue to accept different foods.
I am not a natural cook, so I look to others for great recipes as inspiration and fun ideas that include children in the cooking and eating process. Generally, my inspiration comes from Pinterest, Instagram searches, or just asking friends. I try to share ideas that work for us from my perspective, but I thought it would be fun to have those who provide me the inspiration in the kitchen to share their ideas firsthand. With this in mind, the idea of “Take a Taste Tuesday” was born. Each Tuesday for the next several weeks, I will feature a fellow mom/friend/community member who will share a fun recipe, tips to include kids in the cooking process, or a great family restaurant.
Before we get to the guest posts starting next week, I’ll kick off “Take a Taste Tuesday” with an easy snack my daughter and I love –baked sweet potato fries. Through trial and error (and combining a gazillion different recipes I found online), his has become a go-to snack that my daughter and I make together. We place sweet potato slices from 1 sweet potato in a bag with 1/2 tbsp. olive oil, 1/2 tsp garlic salt, 1/2 tsp paprika, and some shakes of pepper. My daughter then shakes the contents in the bag to mix it up (her favorite part, naturally). The seasoned slices are spread on a sheet and baked for 15 minutes at 425 degrees fahrenheit.
And Voila! We have a tasty and healthy snack that my daughter and I both enjoy. Sometimes we get really crazy and dip our fries in cinnamon!
Be sure to check in each “Take a Taste Tuesday” for more inspiration. If you would like to share a recipe, tips for cooking with kids, or a favorite restaurant in Columbus, be sure to click on one of the ways to connect to express your interest.