52 New Foods: February Recipe Roundup

52 New Foods: February Recipe Roundup

Mon 05 Mar 2012

Story by Jennifer Tyler Lee

Get cozy with your sweethearts! This month, the Crunch a Color™ 52 New Foods Challenge features a healthy lineup of easy, tasty recipes that will warm your heart and soul and have your whole family enjoying healthy meals together.

For my family, February is the month for sweethearts and snow skis. What does that mean for our new food adventure? A hearty lineup of homemade, healthy dishes to warm my family’s heart and soul and encourage time together, which is exactly what you’ll find in this month’s Crunch a Color™ 52 New Foods Challenge. We nominated one night each week to be our New Food Night (Valentine’s was one of them), and as a family we set the table, lit candles, and enjoyed preparing and savoring healthy meals together. Sent with love, I hope these recipes will bring a little warmth and coziness into your home too.

Cinnamon Beef Noodle Soup from Crunch a Color

A hungry hush fell over the audience. Slurp. Slurp. Whisper. Sternly planted at the helm of the room, Chef Hou stood as if guarding the entrance to a treasured room full of gold. And for good reason! Winner of the esteemed title of Best Noodle Soup in Taiwan, Chef Hou journeyed halfway across the globe to share his secrets for perfecting this quintessential Asian comfort food. With his prized recipe in hand, would I attempt to re-create it at home? Inspired by this heart-warming dish, I whipped up an easy, weeknight-worthy twist on his award-winning soup so busy families can enjoy a little taste of heaven: Cinnamon Beef Noodle Soup.

One-Pot Asian Chicken from A Family That Eats Together

Can a deliciously designer meal be made in just one-pot? You bet! This one-pot wonder from A Family That Eats Together is a fresh take on traditional Clay Pot chicken and features a staple vegetable of Asian cooking: Bok Choy. The combination of healthy ingredients in this recipe make for a delicious, chewy dish that had my kids asking for seconds: One-Pot Asian Chicken.

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry from The Family Dinner

Winter days call for cozy meals and one of my all-time favorites in this category is curry. Paired with piping hot Naan and a side of spicy green beans, chicken curry is truly irresistible. But would my kids try it? Thanks to Laurie David at The Family Dinner, the resounding answer is “Yes!” When my picky eater bravely tried a “taster”, then asked for a serving, and bellied up to the bar for seconds I knew I had a winner on my hands. The mild flavor in this dish makes it easy for kids to love, and with prep in under 15 minutes it’s true love for busy parents: Slow Cooker Chicken Curry.

Sunbutter Bites from The Scramble

Sometimes the batter is the best part, and that rings true for this easy no bake, nut-free cookie recipe. Inspired by Aviva Goldfarb at The Six O'Clock Scramble, these nut-free, mini-morsels are tasty and easy for kids to make. Whether it was the hint of honey, the wholesome crunchiness of oats, or the dusting of cocoa, this recipe resulted in a healthy treat that is now a regular feature on our lunchtime and afterschool snack menu: No Bake Sunbutter Bites.

Got Great Recipes?

Do you have a fun and healthy recipe to share? Post them on the Food Revolution Community Facebook page and tag @crunchacolor. You may be featured in our next 52 New Foods Recipe Roundup!

Craving more new recipes to try? Tune into the Crunch a Color™ New Food Challenge each week for more tasty, fun and easy recipes from fellow Food Revolutionaries and get the exclusive recipe roundups each month right here on Jamie’s Food Revolution.

About the author: Jennifer Tyler Lee is a mom of two children and the creator of Crunch a Color™ -- the award-winning nutrition game that makes healthy eating fun. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Watch her picky eaters tell the story of how they turned into healthy eaters playing the game. Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter to tune into Crunch a Color's healthy eating adventure and Jennifer’s tips and kid-friendly, easy recipes.


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