We Made Falafels

We made falafels last night, always trying something different.  We went with the recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow's latest cookbook "It's All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook."  Get the recipe here.  Light, healthy and easy to make!  My favorite part was how much the children loved to make it (not so much eat it but I am happy with 50/50).

What Did the Kids Do?

EVERYTHING!  They cut the cilantro and parsley, rinsed the beans, measured the yogurt and seasoning, put everything in the food processor, pulsed the food processor (a favorite of theirs) and then had the best time making the dough into balls.

Falafels and CACFP

According to CACFP Crediting Handbook (page 24) falafels are creditable.  The chickpeas are a meat alternate.  Always check with your CACFP Sponsor if you are unsure of creditable foods and recipes.

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Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.