Celery and Peanut ButterThe other night I was struggling with dinner, unable to come up with a vegetable to add to our meal. Fortunately for me, my eight-year-old came up with a solution to my dilemma. She said she wanted celery with peanut butter.

At first, I thought this was a rather stupid suggestion, but since my youngest is a picky eater, I decided to humor her. As I carefully spread the peanut butter over the celery stick, I realized that I had not given this to her in many years. Nor had I tried this combination in even more years.

As I stood there looking at the celery, I cut off a small piece for myself. I was careful to eat it without my daughter seeing me. And then I smiled.

You know what? It was good!

Something as simple as celery and peanut butter might seem like a rather childish thing to add to a meal, but give it a try. The coldness of the celery was refreshing, and the nuttiness of the peanut butter was the perfect compliment to this vegetable. And the best part is that the peanut butter is a great source of protein, which is something I know we all need.  After giving it a moment’s thought, I decided to add this simple side dish to all our plates.

If you want to try cooking with kids, then this is something that you can let your children make.  Just give them a butter knife, a jar of peanut butter, and clean celery sticks.  Sure, it might be a bit messy (or a lot messy, as it is with my daughter), but that’s okay.  Helping in the kitchen will give your children a sense of accomplishment.

I have no idea who came up with the idea of combining celery with peanut butter, but I give my thanks to that genius. This is a very easy combination to add to any meal, be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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