It’s Only Funny Until Someone Gets Hurt
With the ever expanding plethora of iphone apps, my kids are often downloading something. There are some very useful things like the app that adds a tip and splits the check by 33 diners and very cool things like the ocarina. Recently, they stumbled upon fatbooth. It allows one to take an ordinary mug short and add weight to it and I must say, the finished product is quite believable.
Before the Booth
We’ve laughed wholeheartedly and I’ve frantically run through the house trying to escape the lens of the iphone lest I be immortalized with a triple chin. Every time I see the photos, I marvel at the way my children look. But what if this wasn’t an app and what if, like the issue we read so much about, my children were also caught up in the cycle of obesity?
I do admire the work of Michelle Obama and Amen Iseghohi to take on childhood obesity, to get kids moving and to end the cycle. I like the desired outcome that I’ve heard which is to end it within a generation – smart realization that this will take time. Still, as admirable as the goal is, is it realistic? What if a new administration doesn’t have the same enthusiasm? Will we be half-way there in half a generation and will we be able to correct if we know we are off track in 3/4 a generation?
Listening to the NPR report on drowning this week, I was amazed that the most common reason that children had not learned to swim was because their parents did not swim. It seemed a direct correlation to Jamie Oliver’s food revolution where Jamie points out that children aren’t overweight because they are eating the wrong things, rather they’re being given the wrong things to eat and in many cases, those are the same things that their parents ate.
Perhaps this reveals my simplicity in the midst of a complex issue but I admire Jamie’s pragmatic approach of teaching every kid 10 recipes by the time they graduate from high school. I can get my head and my kitchen around 10 recipes. It’s measurable in the short-term. We teach it. They demonstrate it. Then we can check it off and move on to our next step like turning off televisions during dinner or taking family walks. It’s important to see progress when we’re on a journey towards a long-term objective. I’m hopeful that I can actually share 10 recipes and report back on it here.
What recipes would you include as part of the ten that a child needs to know for life?
Quick Chick and Noodle
Feeds up to 6
- 1 Tsp. olive oil
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- A few sprigs of thyme, leaves stripped from stems
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 60 ounces of chicken or vegetable broth
- 1/2 pound of noodles (we prefer soba)
- handful of fresh parsley
Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a deep pot. Dice the chicken breast and add it to the pot. Stir frequently until browned. Add vegetables, thyme, and a bit of salt and pepper. Reduce heat and cover for 5 minutes. Add broth. Bring to a boil. Add noodles and cook until they are tender. Throw in the parsley and serve.
Posted by Tammy on August 17, 2010