Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Recipe: Thai Peanut Sauce (Kid-Friendly)

I am always looking for a new and creative way to feed my kids their vegetables. I also try to get them experiment with new flavors. Their taste buds are still very young but I feel that the earlier I start them on a variety of flavors, the better.
While hunting around for a good recipe, I kept finding spicy peanut sauce recipes. I cannot give my children hot red pepper flakes. I'm just not going to do it. It was time I made an attempt to create my own kid-friendly version. It was a real hit!
This sauce is the first way I got my oldest to eat broccoli and enjoy it (she was 2 or 3 years old at the time). It has worked every single time, with all three of my kiddos. My oldest now loves broccoli (it's probably her top vegetable) and my middle child is very close behind with his love of broccoli. My youngest, who just turned one, had his first try of broccoli with this peanut sauce. He could not get enough!

Thai Peanut Sauce (Kid-Friendly)
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 c. creamy peanut butter
3/4 c. hoisin
1 Tbsp. agave
2 Tbsp. ketchup
1/2 c. water
In a medium pot in medium-high heat, sauté the onions and garlic in oil until soft. Add peanut butter, hoisin, agave, and ketchup. Mix well. Add water and mix until well combined. Continue cooking until heated through.
Serve with steamed broccoli or spring rolls.

Tip: When feeding very young children, steam the broccoli until it is very tender and almost about to fall apart. My youngest has only 6 teeth right now and eating a crunchy piece of broccoli is not an option for him. For the older kids (ages 5 and 3), I take it out a bit sooner than I do for my youngest. The goal, at least for me, is to have them eat both the "leaves" and the "trunk" of the broccoli trees.

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