Top 10 nut-free bring-a-plate ideas

Haven Magazine - - WELLBEING -

From a very young age, chil­dren love to play food games - they make mud pies, have tea par­ties and mimic the ri­tu­als of adults. Our role as par­ents is to en­sure that a love of real food, and shar­ing and cel­e­brat­ing with food, is nur­tured and sup­ported. So next time you’re asked to ‘bring a plate’, per­haps con­sider the value of such a sim­ple con­cept and in­stead of grab­bing a pack of bis­cuits or chips on the way to school or to the event (as tempt­ing as that is), con­sider us­ing the oc­ca­sion as an op­por­tu­nity to in­volve your kids in the mak­ing and tak­ing. Given we are on the eve of bring-a-plate sea­son, I thought I’d share a few sim­ple, nut-free ideas for when you’re next asked to bring a plate to a school cel­e­bra­tion. Re­mem­ber to make sure you get the kids to help - they al­ways love tak­ing some­thing they’ve made or con­trib­uted to mak­ing! Re­mem­ber, the fond­est mem­o­ries are made when gath­ered around the table. POP­CORN: A great, bud­get-friendly plate. Pop the corn and sim­ply toss it in a lit­tle but­ter and sea salt for a quick, de­li­cious snack. FRUIT PIZZA: Slice wa­ter­melon into tri­an­gles, top with yo­ghurt and fruit (as pic­tured).

Bring-a-plate events should be em­braced as learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties so our kids grow up cel­e­brat­ing the shar­ing of food and the kind­ness sur­round­ing that.

MAKE A DIP: There are so many quick and easy dips to make. Serve with veg­etable sticks and crack­ers. Even if your kids don’t make the dip, get them to ar­range it all on a plate. BAKE SOME­THING: What kid doesn’t like bak­ing and eat­ing the re­sult (and lick­ing the bowl of course)? Heaps of nut-free recipe in­spo at www.well­nour­ished.com.au MAKE MEAT­BALLS OR SAUSAGE ROLLS: Hot or cold they are al­ways a hit with a crowd. KE­BABS: I like to mix fruit and cheese which I cut up and let the kids thread onto the ke­bab sticks. SUSHI ROLLS: or sushi hand rolls (cones). RICE PA­PER ROLLS: Filled with sweet or savoury fill­ings. PIZZA: Easy to make us­ing wraps as bases. Sim­ply spread with tomato paste, sprin­kle with a lit­tle oregano and top with pineap­ple, ham and any veg­gies you like (my kids like mush­room and red cap­sicum). Then top with grated cheese and bake un­til the base is crisp and the cheese has melted. CHOCO­LATE MOUSSE CUPS (see my sim­ple recipe to the right): These are fab­u­lous as they are very in­tol­er­ance friendly.

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