Last week the boys and I went to Whole Foods downtown and learned to make “Lazy Lasagna” with chef Matt Talavera. We were there with a couple of other parents who blog to make a healthy meal for our family and to learn about a couple of things Whole Foods is doing in Portland and around the nation through their Whole Kids Foundation. The kitchen was situated above the store with huge windows overlooking the ailes of shoppers and food. We grabbed our spot on the end of the table, pulled up a couple of chairs so the boys could reach the ingredients and got started making a tasty beet salad to eat there and Lasagna to take home and share with Grandpa Tom Tom when he comes to visit this week.
The boys were adventurous eaters and commented on everything they tasted like the annoying, precocious, and cute kids that they are. Primo said that the sweetness of the caramelized nuts went well with the saltiness of the goat cheese, and they ate every bite of the beet salad. They had fun building the layers of the lasagna and getting there hands messy with sauce and cheese and then licking them clean. When we were finished you could see how proud they were of the dinner they made and I can’t wait to relive the story when we eat their meal with Tom Tom. Including kids in food preparation not only encourages them to be creative adventurous eaters but also helps build an understanding of where food comes from and what different tastes add to meals.
After the meal was prepared we got a chance to taste a Lasagna that was cooking as we assembled ours and it tasted great. It was a simple meal made with fresh ingredients and all of us enjoyed every bite. We brought our tupperware home and told Beautiful all about how the boys are now chefs too. A cooking class with your kids is a great activity to think about doing by the way. Let me know if you want any of the recipes from our time and if you live in Portland be sure to check out The School Lunch Shakedown Tour at Sunday Parkways, OMSI, or Chapman Elementary School. you can find more information below:
The School Lunch Shakedown Tour Wheels Around Portland
WHAT: Whole Foods Market and B-Line Cycles will be cruising around Portland giving away free salad shakers – healthy salads layered with fresh vegetables in shakeable containers – to children and families at five different locations Sept. 24 and 25. The tour promotes the new Whole Kid’s Foundation School Garden Grant Program, which provides grants for school and community gardens.
During this rolling tour, kids who sign a pledge to eat healthy school lunches will be entered into a drawing to win one of two $250 gift certificates to the Bike Gallery. (One boy and one girl winner will be selected.) By making the pledge, kids (12 and under) will earn a one-year membership to the Whole Kid’s Club which entitles them to a free healthy food item each time they visit a local Whole Foods Market store.
Information will also be provided to parents, letting them know how they can apply to the Garden Grant Program on behalf of their neighborhood school or community garden.
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday September 24 and 25
WHERE: OMSI Power to the Pedal event, 1945 SE Water Ave.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Chapman Elementary School Swift Watch, 1445 NW 26th Ave.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Parkways at Woodlawn Park, NE 13th Ave. and Dekum St.
Sunday, Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sunday Parkways at Alberta Park, NE 22nd Ave. and Killingsworth St.
Sunday, Sept. 25, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Parkways at Fernhill Park, NE 37th Ave. and Ainsworth St.
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.