We know that it can be easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to feeding our families. When you are contending with picky eaters, time constraints, and sleep deprivation, meal planning and food prep can often feel overwhelming. The BVTMB team along with our sponsor, Healthy Living, is here to provide some fresh perspective and inspiration in the kitchen! From meal ideas to how to feed those picky eaters, we are excited to talk about all things food these next few weeks in our “Growing Up Gourmet, Beyond the PB&J” series.
Crepes For Kids
Not gonna lie – I was totally inspired to make crepes by the recent Welcome to Burlington dinner at the Skinny Pancake. My apples and brie crepe was fantastic, and I was thinking how much my kiddos would love going there. So with my sister-in-law, who has been visiting from Arizona along with her two girls, we decided to make crepes for lunch with “pick your own” toppings. My children love pancakes, so I figured they’d be on board with crepes too, and having bowls of stuff for them to load on top was an added bonus. They were even more of a hit than I thought they’d be!
I studied a couple recipes on Pinterest, and ended up going with this one. I used my KitchenAid mixer (which is Pistachio, by the way – because that’s important), and mixed up the batter about an hour before lunch time. I used a very small skillet and cooked one at a time, which was a bit tedious, so I don’t recommend choosing this as a quick and easy meal. It does only take about three minutes to cook each crepe, though, so we easily had a good pile of them after fifteen minutes. I kept them all on a plate with a cover until we were ready for lunch. Also, I did double the recipe since I was feeding four kids and three adults.
The hooligans were all excited to pick their toppings, and they had quite an assortment to choose from. I made the sweet version of the recipe (which adds a little sugar and vanilla to the batter). For toppings, we had bowls of berries – the strawberries came right from my own raised beds! – local maple syrup, raspberry jam, and goat cheese. I ate mine with strawberries and goat cheese, and it was delicious. My daughter, who is pretty hesitant to try new foods, devoured her first crepe and even had a second one!
Since it does take some prior planning to make the batter ahead of time, and it’s not a quick pop-it-in-the-oven type of meal, I can’t see doing crepes as a meal very often. However, as a special treat (and a nice break from PB&J), I would definitely do it again!