Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Valentine Cheddar & Chive Crackers


Kidlets LOVE anything that has a shape to it. It could be brussel sprouts! Made into a shape and plated fun and interestingly, it has a better chance of going down the tube. Kidlets need to taste different kinds of food often, before they come around to liking it. Of course, this doesn't mean they will like everything, but you have a better chance this way, which brings me to this post.

My family and I started eating clean about a year ago. What is clean eating? Find out here. It took some time for our palettes to change and get used to eating things in their natural form and not chalked full of sugar, additives and preservatives. It also took some time for our bodies to get used to not having such high levels of sugar in our diet. We ate very healthfully before going clean, but once you start really looking at your labels, you'd be surprise at how much food has sugar added to it, food you think is very healthy for you. After the initial withdrawal, the process went fairly well, but not all new foods were welcomed with open arms...like crackers.

At first we were experimenting with new clean crackers using jams, goat cheese with cinnamon and honey, some butter or nut butters, but this got old quickly. My kidlets wanted good ol' cheese and crackers, just like every other kid, and they weren't settling for a clean cracker. After awhile, the new clean crackers would come home in their lunch pails completely untouched. Food and money was just going down the drain.

After becoming 100% clean eaters for a good 6 months, we loosened the chains a little, and came to a family decision to include different kinds of cheeses and a few other things, like full-fat yogurts, into our diet. Typically, most cheeses are not considered clean because of their high fat content.

I needed to figure out a way to get clean crackers IN the belly and not have my kidlets miss out on a childhood staple. I started to research crackers and found out that they are actually really easy to make and fun when you bring your little sous chefs in the kitchen with you!

Those are not the crackers she's mushing, this pic is from the muffins we made ;)
Make some of these kidlet approved crackers for your little ones, in any shape you fancy. Although they are not considered 'clean', they are fresh, homemade and healthy. What more could you want?


Valentine Cheddar & Chive Crackers

Ingredients:
1 cup of shredded Old Cheddar Cheese
4 tablespoons of cold butter, cubed
1 cup of whole wheat flour (plus more for dusting while rolling)
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh chives
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
2 tablespoons of cold water

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Add cheese, butter, flour, chives and salt to a food processor.
3. Blend until your ingredients becoming all grainy
4. 1 tablespoon at a time, add cold water to processor. Blend until dough comes together in a ball.
5. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in fridge for 30 mins.
6. Remove dough and roll out to an 1/8 inch thickness.
7. Cut your shapes out of the dough with cookie cutters or cut into 1 inch squares.
8. Place dough on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
9. Bake for 15 mins.
10. Enjoy!
11. Allow to cool completely and store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

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6 comments:

  1. thank you for sharing this! I have always wanted to try my hand at making crackers.

    I hope you will hop over and share a few posts with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday. (http://www.sweetsillysara.com/2014/01/tell-me-about-it-tuesday-linky-party.html)

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  2. I'd love to see you shape some Brussels sprouts...

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  3. Thanks for hopping over to share with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday!
    I hope you stop by this week.

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  4. Yum! Those look delicious and really easy to make. Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

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