Monday, April 4, 2011

Family Game Night!

As a kid, I loved Fridays. When the bell rang signaling the end of the school day, I felt the glorious freedom of the weekend stretching out before me. Mom would make something fun for dinner or maybe even bring home take out. My favorite shows would be on tv and my brother and I would be allowed to stay up late enough to watch them.

Now I'm the mom, and I want to give my kids that same "break" at the end of their school week. All of our kids are under the age of 7, so only two of them are school aged (one in kindergarten and one in pre-k). It isn't always easy to be the oldest of 5 kids when you're only 6 and 4, so this past Friday we wanted to reward our two oldest with a special family game night just for them.

Instead of making a regular dinner, I decided that we'd just eat a smorgasbord of finger foods and appetizers around the table while we played some of our favorite games. Like any other family, the temptation is to break out the chips and dip and bake up some pizza rolls and fry some mozzarella sticks... I mean, come on, it is Friday after all. Instead, we decided to tackle the challenge of making a completely plant based snack-fest.

The kids were big helpers in the kitchen and had a blast helping with all the veggies. They tore Kale for chips, shook dressing for salad, tossed chickpeas in spices, and got to add ingredients to the Vitamix for vegan cookie dough.

The first thing we had to do was to set out all the ingredients. Kale, radishes, limes, asparagus, raisins, nuts, garbanzo beans and more! This is the makings of a healthy finger food feast!!

One of Lilli and Noah's favorite part of the night was helping in the kitchen!

Look at all those delicious colors!!

The Final Results? Cucumbers, oven roasted garbonzo beans, kale chips, cooked veggie salad and vegan oatmeal raisin cookie dough. Altogether a fun and delicious game night!

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