Remember those yellow vegetables you found at the grocery store? Time to serve them up. Corn on the cob has always been a favourite of my picky eaters. Yellow potatoes, yellow spaghetti squash, yellow summer squash, yellow bell peppers....what did you find?
Banana Smoothie or Banana Milk Shake:
Blend up some banana with juice, ice, yogurt or milk, maybe even add a little pineapple as we did, and make a fruity and healthy smoothie.
Or make a milk shake by blending a banana with milk and then adding a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream to blend further and create a delicious treat.
These muffins can be made in a half hour. Serve with your family's favourite jam for breakfast. Use your own recipe or try this one:
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Sparkly Yellow Cookies
I had some yellow sugar in my pantry so we made these bright cookies using this basic recipe but omitting the Valentine Chocolate:
Lemonade or Frosted Lemonade:
Fresh lemonade takes time but is always worth it. Juice 8 lemons (keep a 9th one aside) and put in a pitcher. Make a simple syrup with 1 cup of sugar to 1 cups of water and boil until sugar dissolves. Add water to the lemon juice and sweeten with your syrup to taste. Add ice and slice that last lemon. Perfection!
For something different blend up a cup of lemonade with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and make a Frosted Lemonade.
No time to squeeze lemons? there are plenty of store bought lemonades or lemonade concentrate in the freezer section of your grocery store.
Toddler and Pre-School Theme Days
Make Banana bread, Banana muffins, Banana cake, or a Banana Split for this theme day. Use your favourite recipe or find one online. Pictured to the left are mini-banana loaves!
Lemon Pie or Bars:
There are many delicious lemony desserts you could make for this theme day. Lemon Meringue Pie and Lemon Bars would be perfect. There are many great recipes online or in cookbooks, you could even buy a prepared pie or some lemon bars from a bakery or a lemon bar baking mix from the grocery store.
Boil up your little one's favourite pasta (shells, macaroni, linguine, wheels). Then grate the zest from one lemon into a bowl. squeeze the juice from that lemon into the same bowl and add some olive oil (five tablespoons will do). Add some grated Parmesan and beat this lemon, cheese and oil mixture together to from a creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste and then pour over your cooked pasta. Fresh and delicious.
See what your store has to offer in the form of squash soup and heat up a steamy creamy bowl of soup for lunch, or make some homemade soup with corn and yellow potatoes and yellow squash. Mmmmmm.
Yellow Fruits and Veggies
Take your Preschooler grocery shopping with you. No, I'm not crazy. Go with the goal of buying "yellow" foods. Perhaps your picky eater might be more inclined to try some of these yellow gifts of the earth: bananas, yellow bell peppers,yellow tomatoes and squash (if they are in season), yellow apples, pineapple, lemons (my youngest used to love lemons and would even eat the peel if I didn’t stop him in time), pears, mangos (they are yellow on the inside) a santa squash...whatever you might find!
Time to set the table and prepare some yellow food!
Fruit Juice Gummies:
2 cups pineapple fruit juice
4 packets gelatin
Add 1 1/2 cups of juice into a small sauce pan/pot. Heat over medium heat until it begins to boil.
When the juice is heating, pour the last 1/2 cup of juice into a separate bowl and add the gelatin. Let it sit for five minutes.
Add gelatin to warm juice and stir until dissolved completely. Taste the mixture at this point. If it isn't sweet enough you could add some honey, just stir it in until fully dissolved.
Pour this mixture i a 9×9 metal baking pan and place it in the fridge to chill for for 1-2 hours.
Now it's time to remove the solidified mixture from your pan. If it doesn't come out easily, it may need to chill for another half hour, otherwise you should be able to remove it in one piece by running a knife along the edges of the pan. Place the big yellow square gummy onto your cutting board and cut into squares of desired size. These can be stored in your refrigerator for up to 3-4 days but ours were eaten long before that.
Try making other colours by using different juices.