“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”
― Julia Child
About a week ago the wonderful people over at Organic Girl Good Clean Greens sent me a package. 2 packages of their newest salad blend Five Happiness Tasty Salad, which is a blend of baby Bok Choy leaves and other yummy baby greens. They asked if I would be willing to review it and come up with some fun recipes for my blog. Ummmm YES MAM! Super exciting, my first official product test! The package also included some other great goodies!
For a chance to win an Organic Girl Five Happiness Gift Package yourself…read on to the end.
Now the mix on it’s own is incredibly tasty. Mama Sis and I have loved munching it down, but for the purposes of Zia’s Kitchen I wanted to come up with ways to use it that would entice the little ones of course. Now I will admit these are not super complicated, but sometimes simplicity is the best, especially when you want the flavors of the star ingredient to shine through.
So after playing around I came up with two fun and incredibly easy recipes to use this yummy salad blend in. You can view the recipes and instructions here.
Just a few ingredients and you end up with:
First off I of course fed them to the little ones. For Ladybug I removed the ingredients as the rice wrapper is far to gummy and chewy for her at this point, and she ate the equivalent of an entire roll with gusto. Then I gave them to Littledude, hoping the kid-sized portion and bright color might distract him from the greens.
Well Littledude is in a food “deconstructionist” phase, and he dismantled them and looked as if he would not be partaking. However when he tasted the plum sauce on the side, he became intrigued and began dipping – a kind word for the mess he was making - the ingredients in the sauce and eating them, INCLUDING some of the baby bok choy mix! Not a full blown hit with him, but he ate some and that’s a win any day of the week!
Personally I loved them, then Mama Sis had a serving when she came home – which Littledude shared with her, and she proclaimed them delicious. Finally I had a few left over which I served to my friend Nina the next day when she came to visit. She also loved them, so all in all I think these little bites were a hit! Try them and trust me when I say these are so simple yet tasty. The hardest part is working with the rice wrappers.
Another simple gluten free dish with just a few ingredients
So I made these the next day while my friend Nina was visiting. Littledude was napping so the test run was myself, Nina and Ladybug. Ladybug ate two of them herself! She is really into her Zia’s cooking which makes me feel better because lately Littledude has become the all dreaded “Picky Eater”. I was far to overconfident that we were going to sail through his toddler years with him emerging as a junior gourmand…but alas no. He took one look and turned up his nose. Wouldn’t even try it. They were far to “green” for him. Sigh.
However Nina, Mama Sis, a friend of Mama Sis, and Nonna all gave it two thumbs up at least! I will admit I felt that it could benefit from an accompaniment or a sauce. When I mentioned it needed a cool creamy sauce, Nina (who is greek) immediately suggested a Tzatziki sauce. BRILLIANT! I didn’t have the ingredients to make one but I am going to add that next time I make these Baby Bok Pancakes! That will be an experiment as well!
Once again check out my Organic Girl Greens Recipe Page and try them out!
NOW – if you would like to win an Organic Girl Five Happiness Package for your family leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite leafy green is and how you like to prepare it AND follow Zia’s Kitchen.
On Saturday August 31st FIVE people will be chosen to receive a FIVE HAPPINESS GIFT PACKAGE so you can try it at home.
I will put the names in a hat and choose at random. It will help if you follow the blog so I can contact you if you are chosen as a winner. Remember to comment and follow by MIDNIGHT FRIDAY AUGUST 30th for the SATURDAY AUGUST 31st drawing.