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The Healthy Family Mealtime Makeover, Issue #20 -- Winter Gardening Activities for Kids
March 04, 2006

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Kindy's Musings....

In the summer months, it's sometimes hard to keep kids out of the garden, especially if you've marked off an area just for them to grow their own vegetables and flowers.

But what about winter, when chilly temperatures force you inside? What can you do to keep your children interested in gardening?

The answer is plenty!

Try the easy recipe below:


TURKEY DIVAN (excellent use of leftovers)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves: 4

The casserole is still one of the best ways to use up leftovers or to stretch food dollars.

10 oz.pkg frozen broccoli spears

8 oz turkey breast, cooked, sliced

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 cup turkey or chicken broth

1/2 cup low-fat milk

1/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

1. Cook broccoli as directed on package until just tender. Drain.

2. Arrange broccoli in a 1 1/2 quart casserole. Lay turkey slices on top of broccoli.

3. Mix cornstarch with broth in a saucepan until smooth.

4. Add milk.

5. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.

6. Remove from heat. Add cheese and salt. Stir until cheese melts. Pour sauce over turkey.

7. Bake at 375 degrees until sauce is bubbly, about 25 minutes.

Source: Cornell Cooperative Extension

Here are some ideas from the American Association of Nurserymen to get you started thinking about indoor gardening projects for your family:

1.Windowsill garden: All you need is a sunny spot and a few containers of soil. Herbs are an excellent choice for windowsills.

2.Watch seeds sprout: Line a glass jar with a damp paper towel and insert several zucchini seeds between the glass and the towel. Place a lid on the jar, leave it on the kitchen counter, and check the paper every day to make sure it's still moist. Seeds should sprout in a few days.

3.Read a book: Books like Peter Rabbit or The Secret Garden can spark your child's interest in gardening.

4.Decorate while you wait: Let kids indulge their natural creativity by painting inexpensive terra cotta pots to use next spring, for repotting houseplants this winter, or for birthday and thank you gifts.

5.Feed the birds: Stock up on birdseed and suet at your local garden center, and feed the birds this winter. Have your child keep a record of all the species of birds that come to the feeder and what date each first was spotted.

Source: Dr. Leonard Perry, University of Vermont Extension Professor

What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?

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