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52 New Foods: Tasty, healthy recipes kids can cook by Jennifer Tyler Lee

by Jennifer Tyler Lee, posted to Food & Drink

52 weeks, 52 new foods. Tune in each week as the Crunch a Color™ kids review tasty, healthy recipes that are easy to cook and make healthy eating fun! Be sure to add your suggestions for recipes we should try. You may end up on our list of 52 favorites for 2012!

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Kumquat Jam

Kumquat jam adds a simple splash of citrus to savory dishes: a burst...more

Playful, colorful and delicious!

Larissa: I must try this, I'm 5 months pregnant and craving all things citrus. I'm now on the hunt for fresh kumquats.

Jennifer Tyler Lee: Fantastic! Let me know how the recipe turns out for you.

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Pomegranate seeds with no mess!

A quick tip for how to seed a pomegranate the easy and fun way, with...more

Pomegranate seeds are delicious, but they can be messy. This simple trick is fun for kids and makes for a mess-free meal!

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Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce

Cranberry pomegranate sauce is a playful twist on a familiar favorite:...more

Easy and delicious, this is a fun way to add a new food to your holiday table.

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Broiled Grapefruit Recipe — Crunch a Color

This deliciously simple broiled grapefruit recipe...more

Absolutely delicious, this simple recipe can be featured at a holiday brunch or as a healthy dessert.

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Mini Apple Pear Crisp

Filled to the brim with sweet, bubbling fresh pears, apples and...more

A mini pear crisp is the fresh food version of a big warm bear hug! A cozy treat to enjoy by the fire with friends and family. #52NewFoods

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Romanesco: Broccoli with a Twist!

This spiraling spectacle looks like a cross between broccoli and...more

Romanesco was a new discovery for my kids and me this week! This spiraling spectacle looks like a cross between broccoli and cauliflower, and made a deliciously fun addition to our family table. Bonus points for the person who can find the Fibonacci sequence on this fantastical flower!

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Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Plan a "build your own dinner" night with healthy...more

My kids love build your own dinner night!

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Easy, one-pot Asian chicken

The simplicity of making this dish in one-pot won me over. Plus, the combination of healthy ingredients in this recipe make for a deliciously chewy dish that had my kids asking for seconds -- bok choy included!

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Slow Cooker Curry

I really couldn’t believe that my picky eater liked this dish. When she 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.

Erin, Chief Mom: I love my slow cooker. Can't wait to try this.

Will: Love to try this.. is there a URL for the recipe somewhere?

Jennifer Tyler Lee: Here's the original recipe, Will. It's from one of my most favorite cookbooks: The Family Dinner Book by Laurie David

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No Bake, Sunbutter Bites

Whether it was because of the hint of honey, or the wholesome crunchiness of oats, this recipe resulted in a healthy treat that will become a regular feature on our lunchtime and afterschool snack menu.

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Spinach Muffins

Any recipe that involves a Cuisinart is sure to be a winner with kids. What’s more fun than loading a bushel full of ingredients into a big bowl and flipping the switch to blend it into a blur? Instant entertainment.

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Avocado and Orange Salad with Hazelnuts

I love salads – when someone else makes them for me. My salads are predictably boring, so I adore when someone brings a spirited salad to share and I’m always on the lookout for interesting, easy salad recipes. Natalie Perry's Avocado and Orange Salad with Hazelnuts fits the bill.

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Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Pancetta

This dish required minimal prep work (yeah!), was easy enough for my 5 year old to make, and made a ho-hum weeknight dinner feel festive.

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Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup

This recipe was easy enough for my kids to make, quick to prepare, and provided two delicious meals. We loaded the ingredients into the slow cooker, turned it on low for several hours and were rewarded with a tasty soup that was reminiscent of my husband’s tasty short rib recipe.

Chef Amy Fothergill: I will definitely try this one as well! Thanks Jen.

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 I love that there's healthy foods for them to cook. Will have to try these out with my nieces on our next girls night sleepover.

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