When we brainstorm a Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episode we have amazing conversations about what we hope our shows will inspire. And now, Val has confirmed what we hoped to be true – we have inspired some healthy eating with our “Try a new food it might taste goood” episode! Here’s a bit of insight from Becky Friedman, my wonderful Story Editor, and the writer of this episode.
~Angela Santomero, Creator of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Back when I was working “in the trenches” as a preschool teacher, I saw day after day that parents and caregivers were struggling with getting kids exited about healthier food options. With big corporations spending tons of dollars on making junk food appealing to kids – where were the cheerleaders for fruits and veggies and whole grains? Now, as children’s television writer, I saw an opportunity to model trying new and healthy foods in a fun and appealing way. After all, if Daniel Tiger could try a new food…maybe the kids at home would too? Equally important was showing the ‘darker’ side of trying new foods…that you might not like them! (shhhh…don’t tell!) Miss Elaina modeled giving it the “old college try”…and then politely declining if it wasn’t your favorite. Hopefully kids everywhere will become fans of veggie spaghetti!
~ Becky Freidman, writer of “Try a New Food It Might Taste Goood” episode
Daniel Tiger’s Veggie Spaghetti
~:: Val Curtis of Bonbon Break ::~
After watching the “Veggie Spaghetti” episode for the umpteenth time, my 5 year old asked, “When are WE going to have Veggie Spaghetti?!?” We have made various combinations of this recipe over the years, but this one is special since my son and I sat down together to write it, prep for it, create it, serve it and eat it!
A few notes, we use Muir Glen organic tomatoes. Most canned tomatoes have a BPA-lining which is drawn into the tomatoes due to their acidity. Muir Glen is BPA-free. Eden Hills (amber glass jars) and Pomi (BPA-free tetra pak) also offer BPA-free tomato options.
Add to this that I recently found out that I have a high sensitivity to gluten and we have a gluten-free and veggie recipe on our hands.
People often ask me why I have such good eaters. I think it’s simple. They eat what we eat and they are aware and involved in the entire process.
To get your kids involved, have them:
– Shop, harvest or gather the ingredients from the refrigerator
– Prep all of the ingredients before cooking (including measuring everything)
– Use kid-friendly kitchen gadgets from brands like OXO which utilize Universal Design
– Learn how to use a knife and other kitchen tools safely
– Learn about the “hot zones” in a kitchen that they need to be aware of
– Cook WITH you!
The game changer for improving your child’s eating habits is involving them in the process from beginning to end.
Daniel Tiger’s Veggie Spaghetti Recipe
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves of garlic
1 onion diced
2 28 oz cans of organic diced tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup of veggie broth
3 large carrots – chopped
2 cups of spinach – chopped
1 cup of broccoli – chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried basil
Salt and pepper to taste
package of gluten free pasta (prepared)
- Put Dutch Oven on stove top with medium heat. Add olive oil.
- Add onion and garlic and sautee until tender and opaque.
- Add remaining ingredients bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer with lid on for 30 minutes. Stir regularly.
- Remove lid and stir. Reduce liquid to desired consistency.
- Prepare pasta according to package directions.
- Serve sauce over pasta and add parmesan to your liking!
Coming soon….Banana Swirl!
To read more about Angela’s philosophy on Modeling Heathy Eating Habits on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, click here.
To read more of Val’s recipes, click here.
To find more Gluten-free recipes, visit Bonbon Break’s Gluten-free Kitchen Pinterest Board and click here.
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Intro written by Angela Santomero and Becky Friedman.
This post contributed by Val Curtis on April 14, 2013.