Thrifty Thursday - Cooking With Kids

Published: Jul. 18, 2019 at 10:17 AM CDT
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You can create the tastiest, thriftiest and healthiest meals for yourself and your family, but it doesn’t do any good - or save any money - IF NO ONE EATS IT!

Did you know: on average a family of 4 throws away about $2000 each year in uneaten food.

Big wasters in those families are little kids. Getting kids to try, eat and like new foods can be a struggle, but two things have been shown to help — getting them in the kitchen to help and having them try new foods many times.

Black Bean Hummus

Makes 4 servings


1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 garlic clove, minced


Place all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.

Serve as a wrap, sandwich or dip.

Three Ways to Serve:

Southwest Wrap: Whole Wheat Wrap, Hummus, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Sliced Chicken Breast, Whole Black Beans, Green & Red Bell Peppers

Turkey Sandwich: Whole Wheat Bread, Black Bean Hummus, Turkey, Sliced Cheddar Cheese & Lettuce.

Veggie Dippers: Raid the produce section to make this dip fun, and be sure to ask your kids what type of vegetables they would like for dippers. Green and red bell peppers, carrots and cucumbers all make good dippers for this hummus.