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Arugula Recipe Kids will Eat! Pesto Parmesan Toast
March 21, 2013 | Home >Healthy Kids > In the News >Arugula Recipe Kids will Eat! Pesto Parmesan Toast

Arugula Recipe Kids will Eat! Pesto Parmesan Toast

We usually don’t buy arugula.  Sometimes, I can’t even remember what it looks like!  But arugula is a super food!  All cruciferous veggies (not just lettuce and spinach) should be part of a healthy diet.  Studies show, as cruciferous vegetable intake goes up by 20%, cancer rates drop by 40%! (source).  Eating a variety of them has it’s own benefits.  These cruciferous veggies that are so protective include:

  • Arugula
  • Spinach
  • Bok Choy
  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Cabbage and more!

Arugula Recipe Kids will Eat! Pesto Parmesan Toast. 20 ways to incorporate arugula (and its benefits!) into your diet!

I’m going to make it my new mission to find more kid friendly recipes for a variety of greens.  Some of them are so much more bitter than others, and Arugula has been described as “spicy”.  Spinach however has a mild flavor, which is why we use it more than any others. I’ve been scared to use arugula in cooking, and serve to my children, because the taste is so strong.  The other day however, out of the blue, I won a bag of Arugula! Ha, ha. Really!  Who gives away greens?  I entered a local blog giveaway sponsored by a farm in Provo, UT called La Nay Ferme and won! So, on Monday, I brought my kids to pick up our goods. I was fascinated that there was a farm that could grow anything in the winter, and I couldn’t wait to see it.

Arugula Recipe Kids will Eat! Pesto Parmesan Toast. 20 ways to incorporate arugula (and its benefits!) into your diet!

The kids at La Nay Ferme

Arugula Recipe Kids will Eat! Pesto Parmesan Toast. 20 ways to incorporate arugula (and its benefits!) into your diet!

The green houses

Arugula Recipe Kids will Eat! Pesto Parmesan Toast. 20 ways to incorporate arugula (and its benefits!) into your diet!

Arugula Recipe Kids will Eat! Pesto Parmesan Toast. 20 ways to incorporate arugula (and its benefits!) into your diet!

So, I did what any blogger would do, I asked on Facebook what I should do with our new big bag of Arugula!  Here were 20 ideas from readers, that I’m pretty sure my kids would go for:

  1. PESTO (Many people recommended this, and I knew it would go over well over here!
  2. Arugula Pizza!  (Of course!)
  3. In salad, mixed with other greens like spinach.
  4. Smoothies!
  5. Lemon juice, olive oil & pinch of sea salt with lots of fresh, chopped vegetables…
  6. Love this one: “We put it on grilled cheese sandwiches with thinly sliced apples. The sweet apples balance out the bitter arugula”
  7. Citrus vinaigrette with beets and chicken!
  8. We make it with some homemade cavatelli! Delicious! Throw it in with the pasta at the very end…. Yummy!
  9. I have my after school culinary kids make pulled chicken with peach tomato salsa grilled torta finished with arugula (Sean Karaffa)
  10. Mix it with brown rice and toasted nuts of some sort.
  11. Arugula Salad
  12. Soup
  13. Avocado, sliced almonds, salt pepper, lemon juice ,olive oil
  14. My girls love it with sweet strawberries, red bell peppers, walnuts, shaved Parmesan and citrus vinaigrette! YUMMY!!
  15. Sandwiches and wraps
  16. There is a delicious recipe on Skinnytaste for panko chicken with arugula, tomato and balsamic salad that my daughter loves. (maybe this one?)
  17. A little olive oil and some sea salt my son loves it just like that.
  18. Pulled pork cilantro sour cream grilled torta finished w/arugula and pickled red onion. Yummy!
  19. Arugula salad w/ Gorgonzola, candied pecans, and pears with a simple lemon and olive oil dressing.
  20. Mix it with baby spinach, kale, and chard. Add Gorgonzola cheese, raw almonds, dried cherry’s, a little oil and vinegar, voila! So good!

Arugula Recipe Kids will Eat! Pesto Parmesan Toast. 20 ways to incorporate arugula (and its benefits!) into your diet!

Arugula Recipe Kids will Eat! Pesto Parmesan Toast. 20 ways to incorporate arugula (and its benefits!) into your diet!

arugula recipe

So, at  the end of the day, and with little time left, we made pesto!! La Nay Ferme has a recipe here, and we happened to have some pinenuts!  You can use any pesto recipe and substitute the basil for arugula.  Delicious (recipe below).  Then, we spread it on a multi-grain baguette and toasted in the oven with some extra Parmesan cheese!

Arugula Recipe Kids will Eat! Pesto Parmesan Toast

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 2/3 cups olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined. Use in cooked pasta, sandwich or wrap spreads, or toast! Store pesto in the fridge. For Parmesan toast, slice a multi grain or whole what baguette into 1 inch thick slices. Spread with pesto and sprinkle with more parmesan cheese. Broil on high for about 3-4 minutes, or until bread and cheese becomes toasty.
written by
Amy Roskelley

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melissa d says:

I’m surprised i didn’t see this on your list, but arugula tastes heavenly on top of pizza – i discovered this when i made a 30 minute meal from Jamie Oliver – he puts arugula on top of the pizza after it’s baked and it tastes amazing…. so now, when i am lazy and buy frozen pizza from the store, i get a bag of arugula (we call it rocket here) and put that on top as soon as my pizza comes out the oven.

it’s really good every time i hear about a farm in Utah doing something good… i know i remember reading about a place in Mt. Pleasant utah that also farms wheat grass. I think it’s cool.

Amy says:

ah yes! It’s definitely on the list. #2~!!

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