Becky Schultz is Borgata’s Vice President of Hospitality; she oversees food and beverage as well as hotel operations for the resort. She’s also a mom to three kids. During her time at home with her family, Becky has created a series of tips and recipes that are perfect for even the pickiest eater at home. Check out her kid-approved meal ideas below and try some of these pantry-friendly recipes yourself.
Make Vegetables Part of a Menu From Early Ages
I always try to find a way to work something fresh into the meal, especially when it’s something my kids are excited about. My kids have been eating spinach salad since they were little, so they don’t really know what spinach is other than as prepared in this dish. It’s a great way to get kids to eat a very healthy vegetable without them even knowing it.
Use Leftover Fruit in a Smoothie
Smoothies are a great way to use up bananas and fruit that might not look nice on a fruit plate. Today, my household used bananas, strawberries, raspberries, low-fat vanilla yogurt, almond milk, vanilla extract, and ice cubes. I would normally add honey, but we had leftover brownies and my daughter wanted to throw it in so we left out the honey. You can use any kind of yogurt or milk you like.
Prepare your favorite spaghetti noodles. Then combine ginger, garlic, sweet Thai chili sauce, rice wine vinegar, peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, and a little bit of water together. Whisk together, then toss the noodles and garnish with sesame seeds. This is an ideal, easy meal.
Compound Butter is an Easy Way to Add Flavor
Tonight’s dinner is steaks on the grill, chive garlic compound butter, and sautéed balsamic mushrooms and grilled onions. Whenever I use a compound butter the kids say it feels like they’re eating in a real restaurants. It’s such an easy upgrade. Compound butter is an excellent way to add flavor and moisture to any grilled steak or seafood and it’s so easy to make. It’s just a mixture of butter, herbs, and spices.
For this meal, I simply use a great quality softened salted butter and mix in finely minced chives and garlic, but you can use whatever you have available – any herb or spice, citrus zest, pepper, onion, or shallots. Sometimes I add acid like lemon juice or vinegar to balance the flavors, or, I even make it sweet with honey, agave, or maple syrup.