Sophie’s Fruity Quesadilla

I love it when kids get in the kitchen and cook.  I encourage Sophie every chance I get to help out.  She loves measuring the ingredients but stirring is her favorite cooking activity.  Whenever there’s a batter or sauce to stir together she’s instructed me to let her know.  Cooking is a wonderful activity for kids.  It teaches them about where the food we eat comes from and begins laying the foundation for making healthy choices.  We like to use cooking and baking as science experiments and for teaching the early concepts of math.  Want to see your child turn into a scientist right before your eyes?  Just ask them what they think will happen when you combine two ingredients, or ask them why they think you should should add the blueberries right at the end of the muffin recipe.  I’ve gotten some pretty entertaining answers, and some fairly accurate ones as well.  When Sophie and I bake together she likes to pull her step stool over to the oven door so she can have a seat while she watches the metamorphosis from a runny, gooey mess into a perfect cookie or muffin.  I set the timer to go off every five minutes or so and she comes running to see the progress.  I’ve noticed that she’s a lot more interested in trying something new if she was the one who made it.  So it can really pay off to spend a few extra minutes to include her in the process.

We recently added a new cookbook to our collection – The Do It Myself Kids’ Cookbook, by Laurie Goldrich Wolf.  Each and every recipe is written so that it can be made by children as young as four, with no help from a grown-up.  How cool is that?  I had my doubts at first, but now I’m pretty convinced that Sophie could make just about anything in this book with little or no help from me.  Right on the front of the book it says “Nothing Hot, Nothing Sharp” and it’s true.  The recipes are written in easy to follow instructions, but for kids who aren’t reading yet there are step by step illustrations that even Sophie found easy to follow.  That’s a huge bonus for me because she’s had trouble in that area in the past.  I loved seeing her begin to understand why doing the steps in sequence was important.
The book is filled with recipes that are cute, simple, and most importantly, healthy.  Each recipe has some kind of fruit or vegetable in it.  Sophie had a hard time deciding which one to make – on her first pass she marked five recipes to make (I’d asked for just one): Honey, Berries, and Almond Butter on Graham Crackers, Turkey with Cranberry Sauce and Pear on a Bagel, Sesame Noodle Salad, and Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Cones, along with the fruit quesadillas.  In the end the quesadillas won because we had some fruit that needed to be used, but I’m looking forward to making the other recipes for her lunch after school starts.  There are forty-six recipes in the book, with options for Sandwiches, Snacks, Salads, Dips, Desserts, and Drinks – there’s something for everyone, even a picky eater like mine.
I love everything about this cookbook.  It encourages kids to cook, builds their self-esteem by showing them how to do things themselves, and helps them make healthy meal and snack choices.  In fact, I love it so much that I’m giving you a chance to win one for yourself! (Well, actually for the special child in your life.)  You will love it, and so will they!  Scroll down for the rules for entering and for the recipe.
Here are the ways you can enter:
1.  Post a comment below telling me your favorite lunchbox idea or your child’s favorite healthy dinner.
2.  Follow Our Family Eats on Twitter, then leave a comment below telling me that you did.
3.  Like Our Family Eats on Facebook, then leave a comment below telling me that you did.
4.  Tweet about this giveaway, then leave a comment below telling me that you did.
5.  Stumble this post, or any other post on Our Family Eats on Stumble Upon, then leave a comment below telling me that you did.
Each step is worth One Entry.  The contest ends Sunday August, 7th at 7:00 PM.


This Giveaway is now CLOSED. 

And now for Sophie’s creation:

Cream Cheese, Raspberry, and Pineapple Quesadilla
makes 1 quesadilla
3 six inch flour tortillas
2 Tablespoons cream cheese, at room temperature
5 Tablespoons crushed pineapple
2 Tablespoons strawberry (or raspberry) jam
3 ounces fresh raspberries or 4 medium strawberries
Spread cream cheese over two of the tortillas.  Add crushed pineapple on top of one of the tortillas and spread to edges.  Place the second tortilla on top of the pineapple with the cream cheese side down.  Spread the jam on top of the second tortilla.  Using a cutting board and a plastic knife, slice the berries into small pieces.  Place them on top of the jam.  Cover with the third tortilla.  Cut into quarters using the plastic knife, or a pizza cutter in our case.
Serve immediately, or keep refrigerated until ready to eat.
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  1. Samina says

    What a wonderful book – I'll have to check it out for my 3 year old. He helped me make pesto last week. He had so much fun pressing the pulse button on the food processor. I think that because he made it, he loved it – 3 helpings worth of loving it!

  2. Brad, Heather & Katie says

    I have to get this for Katie, she helps me cook everynight. Her favorite thing to do is wash vegetables & if she washes it she will eat it! She tells me she can't wait to get big so she can cook for me all by herself, I can't wait either!

  3. Brad, Heather & Katie says

    I already follow you on twitter & face book. I also retweeted the give away.

  4. kristurkow says

    I love the concept of this cookbook! My three year old loves to be in the kitchen with me, especially when the mixer, blender, or food processor are involved. His favorite snack is definitely green smoothies.

    I liked you on Facebook too.

  5. Modern Mia says

    My children love sandwich wraps. I wrap sandwich meat with a small dob of cream cheese and sprinkles of shredded cheese in a piece of green leaf lettuce. They like the "sandwich without bread" (as they call it).

  6. Lauren says

    For lunch, my daughter likes homemade lunchables: deli meat, string cheese, strawberries or apples, and carrots.

  7. Lauren says

    I think that I stumbled your post about the Super Secret Brownies, but I'm not sure how to confirm that. Nevertheless, I have shared that recipe with everybody!

  8. Whisking Away Wife says

    Such an intriguing book! Sandwich wraps, veggies, trail mix, homemade granola bars or applesauce, oranges/bananas/apples, and for dessert… no-bake cookies!! :) Lunch was the favorite part of my school day way back when! :)

  9. Heidi says

    I love the idea of the cookbook. I work with children birth-5years and it would be great to try some of the recipes with them! My kids favorite healthy snack is apple slices with a little bit of peanut butter, but I look forward to trying the fruit quesadillas!

  10. Mama.of.3 says

    I REALLY want this cookbook! My kids favorite meal is anything they get to help with!

    Turkey and spinach meatball with whole wheat pasta is probably #1, they love helping me roll the meatballs! I also already follow you on FB!

  11. ~M says

    My 4 yo actually loves to take salad in her lunch and it's usually the one thing here every bite gets eaten.

  12. Laris says

    I just hit liked on Facebook. Thanks for inspiration and information – just going organic and chemical free – it's a long process but thansk for adding to my journey!

  13. Donna says

    I stumbled across your article, How Artificial Ingredients Can Lead to Artificial Kids. Very inspiring. I would be interested in your cookbook.

  14. harrisons says

    I made it half way thru the first post I ever read and went right over to FB to "like" you! We have started really noticing a difference depending on what our son eats & how he behaves when we start cutting stuff out. It's amazing!

  15. Allyson says

    I just read your post about chemicals and behaviour and am very intrigued in what you discovered. I am going to attempt the removal with my son.
    I have liked you on Facebook and am raving to all that I know to check your blog!
    This book would be a great addition for my son and I in our cooking ventures!

  16. Sissy Doc says

    Definitely just liked Our Family Eats on facebook. I look forward to trying these recipe's when I get back to the states with my munchkin. :) Thank you so much. :)

  17. about us says

    what a great article you wrote.Its brave of you to throw all the stuff away that is artificical. I have heard from a few of my friends they found the same results you did. This just strengths my decission to also do as much as i can with natural foods. I have a friend that i will be passing this article onto. I posted this on my facebook. I don't have twitter or i would. I am glad i stumbles agross your site and received your article. Also, at our girls night last time we talked about lunch ideas and my daughter starts kindergarten and a tip that was shared was to freeze the bread and used it so the sandwich stays cold and it also acts as a cold pack. Also freeze yougurt tubes so by lunch they will be thawed also.

  18. about us says

    my daughter is a mini chef. she loves to cook and I love her help. I would love to win and have this book for our kitchen counter.

  19. shaunapc says

    My child's favorite healthy meal is Chinese Rice Noodles with LOTS of veggies.. or Salad.. he LOVES salad! A very good veggies eater!

  20. Lori says

    My son's favorite healthy meal is anything with fruit…lately we've been making a lot of fruit smoothies with fresh fruit we grow in our yard. SO YUMMY!
    I am intrigued by what you have found out about chemicals in our food…and can't wait to read more!

    I also follow you on facebook :-)

  21. Stacey says

    My daughter's favorite healthy dinner is "fruitable extravaganza". We let her have 5-6 types of fruits or vegetables and 2-3 types of sauces/dressings/dips and go to town however she wants. She loves it!

  22. Stacey says

    I just "liked" you on facebook. Looking at possibly removing dyes and flavors from our food. Definitely interested, but a bit overwhelmed.

  23. Erik says

    Liked Our Family Eats on Facebook. Loved your article in Circle of Moms! My 6 year old has ADHD and the doctor wants to increase his medication. I want to try the non-artificial food approach you discussed. It was ideal timing to find your article and blog. THANKS!