spinach salad with strawberries and balsamic vinegar

NutriSue - spinach salad with strawberries and balsamic vinegar
Today at the farmer’s market it was all about fresh strawberries. At the kids workshop we made strawberries with fresh herbs and raspberry balsamic vinegar.
I asked the kids whether or not they had ever tried strawberries with vinegar. Nope, they replied, they had not. But were they willing to try these. A resounding YES!
So, we carefully removed the green stems, sliced the berries and added them to a big bowl. Then we added some fresh mint and lemon balm from my garden. To this we added just a splash of the raspberry vinegar.
All the kids had a turn stirring and then it was time to try our little strawberry salad. Would it be yum or yuck I asked them. We’d have to wait and see.

NutriSue - strawberries with raspberry vinegar NutriSue - strawberries with raspberry vinegar NutriSue - strawberries with raspberry vinegar NutriSue - strawberries with raspberry vinegar

I swear these pictures are real!
Many, many of the kids licked their plates clean and asked for seconds!
I have to believe that this is an indication that our little strawberry salad was really, really tasty!
Oh, and one of the kids proclaimed: ‘this is better than hotdogs!’
So I guess that pretty much confirms it!

baby spinach with strawberries, balsamic vinegar and goat cheese

  • baby spinach washed and gently ripped into bite size pieces
  • fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • goat cheese
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • herbs, minced (I used lemon balm with my salad, but mint is nice too!)

In a small bowl, prepare the strawberries by adding them to the bowl and pouring a little balsamic vinegar on top. Gently mix to ensure all the strawberries are coated with the vinegar.
Let sit for about 10 minutes while you prepare the rest of the salad.
In a medium sized bowl add the baby spinach.
Once the strawberries have macerated a bit in the vinegar, pour a bit of olive oil on them, add the minced herbs and toss.
Now add the strawberry mixture to the spinach.
Add the goat cheese and gently fold everything together, being careful not to smush up the goat cheese.
Grind some fresh black pepper on top and serve.

If you’re serving this to guests, be careful not to lick the plates, that might be considered rude!

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freshy, fresh juice in a cucumber cup

let's eat a rainbow with NutriSue  - fresh juice in a cucumber cup

What fun I had the other day doing a juicing workshop at a daycare. The kids, aged 15-months to four and a half, were super excited to work with the big machine that was going to make juice for them.
They just loved loading in all the fruits and vegetables and watching the juice come out through the spout.
We juiced carrots, green apples, red pears, cucumber, mango, parsley and kale.
I was going to leave out the kale, but the kids insisted that we add it.
Then we hollowed out big pieces of cucumber to use as cups. This is really easy to do. Just use a melon baller (or if you’re like me and and can’t find yours because it’s hidden deep in the utensil drawer, just use a measuring spoon – a teaspoon measure works really well) to make a big well in the thick cucumber slices. Don’t forget to add the cucumber that you take out to make the well, to your juicer!

let's eat a rainbow with NutriSue  - make a cucumber cup

let's eat a rainbow with NutriSue - make a cucumber cup

let's eat a rainbow with NutriSue - make a cucumber cup

I explained to the kids that, if we made the cups out of something we could eat, we wouldn’t have to throw out or wash the cup and we would save energy and keep the cup out of the garbage. They were all excited about easing the burden on their planet.

And, what fun to drink juice from a cucumber cup!
Our little fifteen-month old participant had about six cucumber cups of juice. He would finish one cup and hold out his little hand, holding the cup and exclaim, ‘more’, slurp up the juice and say it again!
‘More’, ‘more’, ‘more’, slurp, slurp, slurp!

Who says kids don’t love fruit and veggies!
In my experience, when kids are part of the process of choosing and preparing the foods that they eat, they are all over the healthy choices.

I don’t know who has more fun doing these workshops, me or the kids.

I can’t wait until our next one!

let's eat a rainbow with NutriSue - fresh juice