Sweet Potato & Caramelized Onion Spread

by Maggie on November 26, 2010

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Have you eaten a rainbow today?

I stumbled across the Today I Ate a Rainbow kit at my friend Kim’s blog, Your Green Baby .  She reviewed the kit and loved it so I knew I had to check it out for myself.

It’s one of the coolest kid-friendly products I’ve ever come across. I love it and so does Callum. Livvie, our two year old isn’t quite ready to use the chart but at least she’s getting a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, and hearing lots of talk of rainbows!

Callum loves it. And he totally gets it.

The creative genius behind Today I Ate a Rainbow is Kia Robertson. She created the kit after her daughter was born. Kia and her husband realized they wanted to start eating better and they knew how important fruits and veggies were!

The kit acts as an educational tool; teaching kids how important it is to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the day.

My favourite part of the kit is the colourful fridge chart. It comes with colour-coded magnets which kids can add to the chart each time they eat a fruit and vegetable. The goal is to eat a rainbow by the end of the day. Isn’t that awesome?

But there’s more! The kit comes with a cute little book which was written by Kia (told you she was a genius). The book is called The Rainbow Bunch and it’s about 5 cute characters who discover why it’s so important to eat a variety of fruits and veggies. Callum loves the book, we had to read it the minute it arrived!

At suppertime I always ask Callum to think back to what colours he had today. Then we figure out what he still needs to get his Today I Ate A Rainbow magnet.

It’s good for me too because it helps keep me organized and it helps me keep track of the fruits and vegetables we’re eating all day. Honestly, I don’t think I really thought enough about getting a variety until we got the chart.

At the grocery store now we think about the rainbow of colours available and try to pick out our produce that way. Callum loves taking a role in this part of our grocery shop – and he’s much more likely to try the new fruit or veggie if he chose it, and if he knows it’s associated with the rainbow!

Our hardest colour is purple and we didn’t really discover that until we got the chart! So now we’re working on getting more purples into our meals. Gotta get those purple phytonutrients too.

Head over the Today I Ate a Rainbow site (which is fantastic too) and check out the videos which tell you a little more about the product and its benefits. You can order your very own Today I Ate a Rainbow kit and you can also sign up for Kia’s newsletter and check out her blog for some great recipes.  If you’re on twitter you can follow Kia.

Oh, and I’m GIVING AWAY a Today I Ate a Rainbow kit to one lucky winner! Just leave me a comment and let me know what your favourite veggie is! Giveaway closes Friday, December 3rd, 2010.  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

In honour of eating rainbows, here’s a great way to add some orange and green to your pizza! We’ve been using this spread to replace tomato sauce. It’s so darn good. There’s no need for cheese. Just spread, top with veggies (preferably yellow, red, and purple) and bake!

Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Spread

1 large sweet potato, roasted until soft
4-5 cloves of garlic, roasted until soft
½ large sweet onion caramelized (here’s the recipe I use)
1 cup steamed spinach or kale (you could easily use raw spinach too)
1 ½ tsp coarse sea salt
fresh ground pepper to taste.
3 tbsp nutritional yeast

Mash roasted and peeled sweet potato with garlic. Stir in caramelized onions (and any pan drippings), spinach, sea salt, pepper and nutritional yeast.

Let sit as long as possible so the flavours get all married and lovely. Spread on pizza crust and cover with veggies. We always roast our veggies before putting them on our pizza.

Makes enough spread for 3 individual sized pizzas (plus a few spoonfuls which you’ll undoubtedly consume while tasting the spread).

This sweet potato concoction is linked to the November edition of Sweet or Savory. The theme this month is sweet potatoes.

You can find this and many more slightly indulgent recipes at Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.

NOW don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your very own Today I Ate a Rainbow kit! It would make a great little stocking stuffer! THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.