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Kid Friendly Spices

Whenever I am preparing snacks or meals for my children I always consider the types of seasoning I will use in the recipe. For I know all too well that their young palates and stomachs are not the same as grown-ups. And, lets face it -- kids are picky when it comes to eating their food. So I choose herbs and spices that are good for them as well as amping up the flavor.

Cooking with herbs and spices not only makes the food taste better, it also creates a fabulous aroma that will hopefully entice your young ones to eat what you have cooked. More importantly, herbs and spices contain beneficial phytonutrients and antioxidants that help keep the body strong. In the ensuing issues of Romancing the Spice, we will highlight more about some of the amazing herbs and spices to use for making kid friendly meals. However, there is one rule of thumb you should follow: refrain from giving any herbs and spices to babies under eight months old.

Here are some great examples of kid friendly herbs and spices that really do wonders for making tasty and healthy meals:

The sweet side: Cinnamon and cardamom can boost up the flavor of potatoes, eggplant, squash, apples and bananas. Kids love cinnamon on oatmeal and on toast. Clove adds a special zest to apples, pineapple, pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Ginger adds a gentle bite to black & white beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, pears and winter squash. Nutmeg elevates the flavor of apples, apricots, blueberries, nectarines, and peaches.

Lemon or orange zest can turn just about any vegetable into an amazing dish. Add some to asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, garbanzo beans and green beans. For a quick sweet treat, add some lemon or orange zest to blueberries and strawberries. Actually, I would use either one in just about any fruit snacks. The kids love it!

Here's a recipe for sauteed corn that our children love to the very last kernel:

Sauted Corn with Black Truffle Salt click link