These simple and nutritious snack jars with gold dip are the perfect little bite for adults and kids alike. Fresh veggies are tucked in a peanut butter based dip with fresh ginger, honey and turmeric. Everything can be made in advance for easy and healthy snacking at home or on the go. This recipe is lovingly shared with permission from “Little Green Kitchen – Simple Vegetarian Family Recipes” by David Frenkiel & Luise Vindahl of Green Kitchen Stories.
Encouraging little ones to make positive food choices is something I’m passionate about; making healthy and nutritious recipes for families and young ones is one of the purposes of The Simple Green. Yet, even with all my knowledge and background in healthy eating, I knew I’d be in for my share of mealtime trials and tribulations once I became a mother…dealing with picky eaters seems an unavoidable circumstance for most parents.
As you’d expect, our fridge is always packed full of fresh vegetables from our garden or the local grocer, and I do my best to prep meals in advance whenever possible. Luckily, my little guy is a fan of vegetables, (especially green ones), however, even my best efforts in the kitchen can be met with crying, furrowed brows, and indomitably crossed arms. Some days, getting Connor to eat good food (or sleep for that matter) just doesn’t work. But, that’s the nature of life with kids…things don’t always go as planned.
Nevertheless, I do what I can to make life with an energetic toddler as easy as possible. And when it comes to food, one of the keys to encouraging healthy eating habits in our home is having nutritious, snack-able foods available. Getting my son involved in the process of meal prep as much as possible is helpful, too!
David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl are the creators of the very popular Green Kitchen Stories, a blog and cookbook series dedicated to nutritious vegetarian and plant-focused recipes. David and Luise recently published their newest book ‘Little Green Kitchen – Simple Vegetarian Family Recipes’ which is now on my list of must-have books, especially if you live with little ones!
Little Green Kitchen features 70+ vegetarian and plant focused recipes made from whole grains, good fats, fresh fruits, and plenty of vegetables. The recipes cover everything from nutritious family meals, party foods, smoothies, fun lunchbox ideas, snacks, healthy desserts, and more. Along with each recipe are mouthwatering + heartwarming photographs and charming, real-life stories from David and Luise’s life with little ones. Each recipe also includes ‘a helping hand’ or ‘adult upgrade’ footnotes to either encourage your kids to participate in the meal prep or make the recipe more parent-friendly.
This book is full of vibrant variety, fun and healthy recipes to help motivate your kids to love eating vegetables…that’s what this book is all about and that’s why I love it!
Connor was really keen on making these Snack Jars with Gold Dip from the book. It’s an incredibly easy recipe and can be made in advance for munching on the go or at home. This recipe is pretty versatile, too- we’ve swapped out peanut butter for almond butter, and we’ve also thinned it out to make a super tasty salad dressing. The snack jars with gold dip are also gluten free, contain zero refined sugar and are full of nutritious ingredients like fresh veggies, ginger and turmeric. If you’re not into using honey, you can opt to use maple or agave syrup instead.
Signing off with a big thank you to David and Luise (Green Kitchen Stories) and Hardie Grant Books for sending me a copy of Little Green Kitchen and for allowing me to share this awesome little recipe with you all. Pick up a copy of Little Green Kitchen today…’Dino Burgers’ or ‘Rainbow Pancakes’ might be the ticket to your picky eaters heart : )
Snack Jars with Gold Dip
Excerpted Little Green Kitchen: Simple Vegetarian Family Recipes by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl. Recipes Copyright © 2019. Excerpted with permission of Hardie Grant Books. All rights reserved. Fruit and vegetable sticks with a dollop of peanut butter is a classic healthy snack and on lazydays we often just place a jar of peanut butter with a few carrots or apple slices on the table. This is a slightly upgraded version with a flavoured peanut butter dip that is served in a jar and then topped up with crunchy fruit and vegetables. Because it is so simple, you can let your kids make this on their own. Put a lid on the jar and they become a handy snack on the go.
- 125 g 4 oz/1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp freshly grated ginger root
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 4 carrots
- 1 handful sugar snap peas
- 3 celery stalks
Whisk together the peanut butter, honey and turmeric in a bowl. Add 2–4 tablespoons of water to thin the mixture as necessary.
Grate fresh ginger into the dip.
Trim the ends of the sugar snaps. Peel the carrots and cut them into sticks, along with the celery.
Scoop the dip into 4 mini jars.
Place the vegetables in the tahini filled jars and munch away.
Excerpted Little Green Kitchen: Simple Vegetarian Family Recipes by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl. Recipes Copyright © 2019. Excerpted with permission of Hardie Grant Books. All rights reserved.