From the Redleaf Kitchen: A Nutrition-Packed Salad Pocket

March is National Nutrition Month, a time to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits. As an early childhood professional, you play an important role in helping children cultivate healthy food choices. One of the ways you can do this is by offering opportunities to explore food groups and prepare recipes together.

With that said, we’ve got a great recipe that children can help prepare: Waldorf Salad Pockets—a delicious mixture of fresh produce, creamy yogurt, and pita bread. They’re easy to make, pack in a lot of learning, and provide a fun cooking experience for children—and they make the perfect snack or lunch. As children read the recipe, measure the ingredients, and taste the the finished dish, they’ll also build math and literacy skills, practice science process skills, and learn about the foods being used. Gather the children and dig in!

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Waldorf Salad Pockets from Cooking Is Cool: Heat-Free Recipes for Kids to Cook

This pita pocket salad combines apples, grapes, and cranberries mixed with vanilla yogurt for a quick salad on the go.

Ingredients

1/2 green apple (Granny Smith or similar), cored and diced

1/2 red apple (Red Delicious or similar), cored and diced

3 tablespoons dried cranberries

1/4 cup seedless red grapes, chopped

1/2 celery stick, sliced

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

3 pitas

1 teaspoon chopped walnuts (optional) (Warning: check for nut allergies children might have!)

Equipment

Mixing bowl

Mixing spoon

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Cutting board

Sharp knife

Apple corer (optional)

Directions

1. Place diced apple pieces in a mixing bowl.

2. Add cranberries, grapes, and celery.

3. Pour lemon juice over the mixture, and stir well.

4. Pour yogurt over fruit, and stir well.

5. If you are using walnuts, add them now, and mix well.

6. Cut pitas in half across the diameter, and open the pocket.

7. Fill each pita half with the fruit mixture.

8. Serve on a plate or napkin.

Extension

What happens inside a pita that creates a pocket while it is cooking?

A Book to Read

Read about all the different types of bread that we eat in Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris.

Yield: Makes 6 servings. Serving size 1/2 filled pita.

Nutritional information for pockets: 2 grams fat, 29 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 4 grams protein.

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Looking for more recipes that children can make? Cooking Is Cool is a great way to help budding chefs follow easy instructions to transform simple ingredients into great-tasting snacks, beverages, entrees, and more. All of the recipes are classroom-friendly and heat-free, meaning they can be made without an oven, stove, microwave, or hot plate.

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