Arugula Recipe Kids will Eat! Pesto Parmesan Toast
Posted Mar 21 2013 8:57am
We usually don't buy arugula. Sometimes, I can't even remember what it looks like! But arugula is a super food! All cruciferous veggies (not just lettuce and spinach) should be part of a healthy diet. Studies show, as cruciferous vegetable intake goes up by 20%, cancer rates drop by 40%! ( source ). Eating a variety of them has it's own benefits. These cruciferous veggies that are so protective include:
Cabbage and more!
I'm going to make it my new mission to find more kid friendly recipes for a variety of greens. Some of them are so much more bitter than others, and Arugula has been described as "spicy". Spinach however has a mild flavor, which is why we use it more than any others. I've been scared to use arugula in cooking, and serve to my children, because the taste is so strong. The other day however, out of the blue, I won a bag of Arugula! Ha, ha. Really! Who gives away greens? I entered a local blog giveaway sponsored by a farm in Provo, UT called La Nay Ferme and won! So, on Monday, I brought my kids to pick up our goods. I was fascinated that there was a farm that could grow anything in the winter, and I couldn't wait to see it.
The kids at La Nay Ferme
The green houses
So, I did what any blogger would do, I asked o n Facebook what I should do with our new big bag of Arugula! Here were 20 ideas from readers, that I'm pretty sure my kids would go for:
PESTO (Many people recommended this, and I knew it would go over well over here!
A little olive oil and some sea salt my son loves it just like that.
Pulled pork cilantro sour cream grilled torta finished w/arugula and pickled red onion .yummy ( source )
Arugula salad w/ Gorgonzola, candied pecans, and pears with a simple lemon and olive oil dressing.
Mix it with baby spinach, kale, and chard. Add Gorgonzola cheese, raw almonds, dried cherry's, a little oil and vinegar, voila! So good!
So, at the end of the day, and with little time left, we made pesto!! La Nay Ferme has a recipe here, and we happened to have some pinenuts! You can use any pesto recipe and substitute the basil for arugula. Delicious (recipe below). Then, we spread it on a multi-grain baguette and toasted in the oven with some extra Parmesan cheese!