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Broccoli Cake: A Healthy Dish Picky Kids Will Love

06/09/2010 11:49 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
  • Leisa Naples Leisa Naples is the star, host and producer of Living Well with Leisa™

Warmer weather has paid us a visit. Ahh, those warm summer days filled with family picnics, summer vacations and poolside fun with friends. The upcoming months means warmer weather and people of all ages are coming out of hibernation. Outside you see the children becoming more active with swimming, biking and other fun summer sports.

Of course all these outdoor activities definitely increase everyone's appetite. With this increase in appetite also comes the temptation to pull out the junk food. So now is the time when moms all over need to get creative with their healthy cooking.

Try broccoli cake for your next family dinner. Is it really a cake? Not really -- it is more like a french pastry that tastes as scrumptious as cake. I had to use the word cake in this recipe because what child doesn't LOVE cake? With four little ones at home, I have found that giving dishes fun names really does get your children excited about the meal.

This recipe is so fantastic because you can replace the broccoli with any vegetable or even a mixture of vegetables. This delightful pastry bottom pairs beautifully with cooked carrots and even spinach! The best part about this combination is that your kids will be begging for more of this creative healthy dish. We have paired many vegetables on top of this pastry, but our favorite so far is the broccoli. Plus, broccoli is a super green veggie and also contains a chemical that helps strengthen the immune system.

Below is the written recipe, which is all organic and very simple to make. The recipe is definitely easy enough for your kids to help. Click on the video for a step by step guide.

INGREDIENTS FOR PASTRY

1 stick of light salted organic butter
1 cup of organic flour
1 tablespoon of organic sugar

Mix together and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. You can mix with an electric mixer or a food processor.

Place cooked broccoli on top and sprinkle with low fat Organic Valley Mozzarella shredded cheese.

Voila! Your children will become broccoli lovers for life.