Cooking for Kids
With the exception of very spicy foods, when I feed the kids I care for the same food that I make for their parents I have found that they have surprisingly sophisticated palates. Instead of offering the kids a separate meal of frozen, processed chicken nuggets and fries try serving them the same dishes you or the parents eat. You may be surprised that they actually like the same foods. These Spinach Steak Pinwheels are a perfect example of a meal my charges' enjoyed as much as their parents. Here's how to make them:
You Will Need:
1 beef flank steak (1-1/2 pounds)
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
Dash each salt and pepper
What to Do:
1. Cut steak horizontally from a long side to within 1/2 in. of opposite side. Open meat so it lies flat; cover with plastic wrap. Flatten to 1/4-in. thickness. Remove plastic.
2. In a small bowl, combine the spinach, cheese and sour cream; spread over steak to within 1/2 in. of edges. With the grain of the meat going from left to right, roll up jelly-roll style. Slice beef across the grain into eight slices.
3. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°).
Yield: 4 servings. Nutritional Facts: 2 pinwheels equals 320 calories, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 96 mg cholesterol, 271 mg sodium.
Recipe from Taste of Home
Photos by Stephanie Felzenberg