kid friendly recipes

Fruit Ice Pops for Your Pops

Fruit Ice Pops for Your Pops

With Father’s Day around the corner and temperatures soaring into the 90s in NYC, we thought it would be perfect timing to make fruit ice pops, for your pops! If your dad loves food, these 4 ingredient ice pops will be an excellent way to say “thanks Dad, stay cool.” You can make them now to prepare for Father's Day or make them the morning of, but remember fruit ice pops need to freeze for several hours. And if mango isn’t your dad’s thing, you can easily swap in a different fruit. Happy Father's Day!

Healthy Easter Treat for Kids: Easter Yogurt Bark

Healthy Easter Treat for Kids: Easter Yogurt Bark

This healthy Easter treat for kids will be super fun for the whole family to make and eat!With the food coloring that gives the bark its pretty colors, young chefs can get creative and explore a variety of colors. What happens when you mix pink yogurt with blue yogurt? Swirl them together to find out!

Halloween Recipe for Kids: Mini Mummy Pizzas

Halloween Recipe for Kids: Mini Mummy Pizzas

It's almost Halloween! Get in the spooky spirit by making this Halloween recipe for kids: Mini Mummy Pizzas. Not only is it super delicious, it also has a secret hidden veggie. The dough is made out of cauliflower, and packs a whole serving of vegetables. Bonus points! 

L is for Lentil Dal!

If you saw our Instagram post on lentils this week, you already know that though legumes may be small, they pack a huge nutritional value! Lentils are high in fiber, can prevent heart disease and can help stabilize blood sugar levels! Want to make some lentils now?? You gotta try this dal recipe with your kid chefs. It's easy to throw together and tastes hearty and delicious! Pair it with some homemade naan and mm, mm, good.

L is for Lentil Dal - Nomster Chef Blog Recipe

Lentil Dal

Makes 4 servings | Inspired by kitchn

30 mins prep and 30 mins cook time

Collect Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups dry lentils, rinsed

  • 2 tbsp cooking oil, divided

  • 1 small onion

  • 1 medium tomato

  • ½ inch piece of ginger

  • ½ tsp ground turmeric

  • 6 cups loosely packed shredded greens, we used swiss chard and napa cabbage, but any leafy green will be yummy!

  • Salt, to taste

  • ½ tsp cumin

  • 1 clove garlic

Collect Tools

  • 1 cup measuring cup

  • ½ cup measuring cup

  • 1 tbsp measuring spoon

  • ½ tsp measuring spoon

  • Peeler

  • Grater

  • Small bowl

  • Kid chef knife or butter knife

  • Cutting board

  • 1 medium pot

  • 1 large pot

Recipe Steps

  1. Measure 1 ½ cup lentils, rinse in a colander under cold water and count to 30. Pour lentils into large pot and add water, enough to cover the lentils.

  2. **Grown-up** Bring the pot of lentils to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 20 minutes until lentils are soft and creamy.

  3. While the lentils are cooking, you can grate the ginger and chop the onions, tomatoes, and greens!

  4. Wash ginger and carefully peel. Then grate into small bowl. **Grown-up** your kid chef may need help with this step, you know them best!

  5. Wash greens in colander and and tear the leaves into small pieces until you have about 6 cups worth. Set aside in a large bowl.

  6. Using your kid chef knife and cutting board, chop the onion and then the tomato. Add onion to the medium pot along with 1 tbsp oil.

  7. **Grown-up** Heat pot of onion and oil over medium-high heat. Cook until onions are translucent and beginning to brown. Add chopped tomatoes and grated ginger to medium pot. Cook for another 3 mins until tomatoes soften. Measure ½ tsp of tumeric and stir into medium pot. Add greens into same pot and cook for about 5 minutes until greens are wilted. Add onion-tomato-greens into large pot with lentils and season with salt, to taste.

  8. Peel garlic and press using kid chef knife or butter knife.

  9. **Grown-up** In medium pot, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add garlic and ½ tsp cumin. Cook for 30 seconds pour into large pot of lentils. Stir and cover, let it infuse for 3 minutes.

  10. Serve with your choice of bread or naan! Enjoy!

  11. Remember to clean up!

Pro Tips

  1. Many steps of this recipe take place over the hot stove which may not be ideal if cooking with younger chefs. To make the cooking experience more enjoyable for everyone, you and your young chef may choose to do all of the prep together (measuring, washing and chopping). Once everything is ready **grown-ups** can then prepare lentils over the stove.

L is for lentils - Nomster Chef

Monica Meng - Nomster Chef Blog

ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ PHOTOGRAPHER:

Monica is a former preschool teacher who loves whipping up healthy and gluten-free concoctions. She strives to eat vegan, but sometimes all she wants is steak frites. 


Food Hacks: Make Your Own Hummus

Food Hacks: Make Your Own Hummus

This make your own hummus recipe is super quick and easy to make, perfect for kid chefs. The finished product is super creamy and oh so tasty, you’re going to want to make it again….and again. Trust us, you won’t regret it. Just don't be surprised if your Nomster eats it all up!