Cooking with Toddlers: Foods Starting with D

Why is it so difficult to find some produce that starts with the letter “D?”

Kids tasting a recipe

Kids tasting a recipe

I haven’t seen much daikon at the farmer’s market lately…And since it’s just the start of spring, I’ll have to wait a few more months before there will be a single donut peach to be found…We only have 45 minutes, so I didn’t think I’d have time to steam dumplings. And I didn’t want to deep fry donuts with a class of 3 year olds (call me crazy).  Last year, I did Deviled eggs, but this time around, one of my students has an egg aversion.  Dungeness Crab came to mind and I thought about making crab cakes – but then I got a great idea.

I thought I’d really give them a surprise.  Today was like a cocktail party:

“D” is for Dips and Daiquiris

Picking parsley leaves from the stem

Picking parsley leaves from the stem

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5 Responses to Cooking with Toddlers: Foods Starting with D

  1. Ooh, I could go for a kiddie daiquiri! :) What about dandelion greens for next time?

  2. Stephanie says:

    Oh they would have gotten a kick out of umbrellas for sure! How about a general topic about dairy products and introduce a (super simplified) toddler version of the food pyramid that is more like a color matching game. Too much? Sorry, that was the preschool teacher in me speaking out loud :) Love the Dips idea!!

  3. Do dates work for your “d” foods? Being in California I have a big more access to a variety of produce all year round. I could find dill and dandelion greens. How about generic “dried fruits?” Good luck. Let me know if you need more alphabet foods.

    • Thank you! Yes, we are in California too. Dates are fantastic, but I haven’t seen any fresh ones at the farmer’s market recently. Cooking by alphabet has been such a fun challenge! Can’t wait for my next series, starting in a few weeks. We will resume at “F.” E blog post is coming soon…


  4. I love the idea of calling them Daiquiris….will try this with mango as well…..

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