I am so excited to have my first guest post for you guys today. And I think you are really going to love it! Some great friends of mine recently started a blog together. I will let them tell you more about themselves and their blog:
Hi! Thank you for having us on Chelsea’s Messy Apron! We are so excited to be guest posting here today. We are Vanessa and Rachael from Travel Parent Eat!
A little about us: We are both moms to 4 kids. We love to travel the world. And we love food! We think everyone should travel young, eat well, and enjoy life to its fullest. Our name kind of says it all, we post about our families, our tips and tricks for travel, and some of our other passions. We are a lifestyle blog for parents, foodies, and adventure seekers.
Today we wanted to share a culinary journey across the map that is catered to the little ones in our lives. As moms we know that if it is not kid-friendly it won’t get eaten. Check out our Kid Friendly Kale recipes and Vegan Turkey Pancakes for ideas on getting kids to eat healthy foods without complaint.
First Stop Japan!
Sushi is the most well known dish from Japan. We LOVE sushi. Our kids love to use chopsticks and dip things, but aren’t quite as fond of raw fish as we are. So we created this super easy, fun and healthy Sandwich Sushi. Our hope is that if they get used to eating these cute little sandwiches that they will eventually give real sushi a try!
- 4 slices of whole wheat bread
- 2 Tbsp garden cream cheese (or cream cheese with a little Italian dressing mixed in)
- 1 cucumber sliced lengthwise into small strips
- 1 carrot julienned or cut into small strips or peels
Directions: Cut the crusts off the bread. Squish it flat. Spread ½ Tbsp of cream cheese on each piece of bread. Lay the julienned carrots and cucumbers lengthwise and roll them up. Carefully cut them into sushi-sized pieces. Serve with Ranch or Thousand Island dressing or whatever your kids like!
Now let’s head to South America to Brazil.
Brazil is the largest country in the South American continent, and borders every nation on the continent except Chile and Ecuador. When you drink this light, sweet, icy, tart, and fresh drink you will feel like you stepped under the Brazilian sun for a holiday.
- 7-10 limes, quartered
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- Ice cubes
Directions: Quarter your limes, and put them in a blender. Fill the blender with water until limes are covered (Blender should be about ¾ full) Blend limes up. Get a large pitcher (preferably a gallon) or a large bowl and strain the lime mixture into the bowl. Discard the stuff in the strainer, return the lime liquid to the blender.
Add in ice cubes to near the top of the blender Add in sweetened condensed milk and sugar. Blend until smooth and frothy. It might take a couple of rounds depending on the size of your blender to get it all mixed well. Taste and add more water or sweetener based on preference.
Now let’s head out of Brazil across the Atlantic Ocean to the boot shaped country of Italy.
Italy, located in Southern Europe, is known for it’s pastas, but you don’t have to have pasta to capture the flavors and delights of Italian cuisine. This little dish is perfect for kids because it is bite sized (always a plus), and so much fun! Plus they get some veggies without even really realizing it. Even my picky eater ate this without complaint, and asked for seconds.
Italian Phyllo Cups
- 1 package mini phyllo shells (also called fillo shells)
- ½ lb italian ground sausage
- 1 zuchinni chopped
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/3 cup onion, chopped
- ½ cup marinara of choice
- Carrot shreds
Chop onions and zucchini finely, and sauté with sausage and garlic, cooking while browning the sausage. When meat mixture is done, heat marinara. Put about a teaspoon of marinara in bottom of phyllo cup, then top with meat mixture. Put shredded carrot on top, and garnish with parsley flakes
And what would a meal be without dessert? So we are heading to Spain for some Street Churros.
Churros are one of those amazing foods that have been assimilated into nearly every culture. They are believed to have originally come from Spain. There’s nothing better than walking down cobblestone streets with a hot churro and chocolate sauce in hand (either at Disneyland or in Spain). Churros are not as intimidating to make as you would think. There are very few ingredients and you only need one special tool.
Spanish Street Churros
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup white flour
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 – 1 cup water
- Oil for frying
- ½ cup sugar
- 1/8 cup cinnamon
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup cream
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
Directions: To make your chocolate sauce place the chocolate, cream and syrup in a saucepan on very low. Heat until melted through. Remove from heat immediately.
For the churros, mix sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Heat the butter in a saucepan until boiling. Add salt and stir. Stir in flour and slowly add the water until you have a soft doughy ball (you may not need the entire cup so start with less and add more as needed). Transfer to a bowl and add your 3 eggs and mix. Heat your oil at medium high. Transfer batter into a piping bag or gun with a star tip. Pipe into the oil about a 6 inch long piece of dough. Use a knife to scrape the batter from the gun each time. Fry for about 1 minute on each side or until golden brown and crispy. Take them out one at a time and roll in the sugar mixture.
Dip in the chocolate and eat immediately! They are best fresh! This is no frozen Disneyland churro. Melt in your mouth. And that chocolate sauce just puts it over the top!
Thank you for coming on this kid friendly culinary journey with us! We are so happy to partner with Chelsea’s Messy Apron. Check us out on all of our social media! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest and Instagram @travel_parent_eat