December 14, 2020
When you’re trying to eat healthily, it’s all about flavor. A delicious dressing can turn a salad into something truly craveable, while lean proteins like chicken breasts can go from simple to sensational with the spicy tang of harissa and plenty of garlic. Easy enough with an adult’s palate—but what about when you have kids in the house, and all they want to eat is chicken nuggets?
With four girls under the age of six, bridging the flavor divide at mealtime is something Tara and Mandi Rosa know a lot about, and one of the many parenting topics they cover on their popular YouTube channel, LivingRosa. We asked Tara to share some of her tried-and-true tips for encouraging healthy eating habits in little ones:
Read on to learn more about what the Rosa family eats in a day and one of their go-to family-pleasing recipes.
8:00 a.m. Breakfast: The wife and I always start our day with coffee. We both also love cereal! If we have extra time in the morning we would make egg sandwiches, omelettes, or avocado toast. The kids always start their morning with an organic yogurt drink and a Nature’s Bakery fig bar.
11:00 a.m. Snack: I normally grab some fruit or whip up a smoothie to hold me over until lunch.
2:00 p.m. Lunch: I am terrible when it comes to lunch (honestly sometimes I skip it all together). Our kids love peanut butter and jelly, hummus, sweet peppers, and carrot sticks. I tend to eat the leftovers or snack on the food as I prepare it for them.
6:00 p.m. Dinner: We eat a lot of chicken and roasted veggies in our house! It’s something that everyone can agree on. If the kids finish their food they always ask for a treat: typically a cookie or a scoop of ice cream.
Yield: 2-4 servings
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
2-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 tablespoons pesto
½ cup panko breadcrumbs
Drizzle of Thrive Market Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 375F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Pat the chicken breast dry and arrange on a baking sheet.
Mix together panko crumbs, parmesan cheese, drizzle of olive oil, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Spread 1 tablespoon jarred pesto sauce onto the top side of each chicken breast. Top with panko breadcrumb mixture.
Bake at 375F for 25 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked to 165F.
Pair with your favorite roasted veggies and pasta or rice. Enjoy!
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