When I was working on our first subscription kit and the capillary action experiments, I bought several bunches of celery to experiment with- and ended up with quite a bit left over.
I have to admit- I have not been a fan of celery. I like it chopped up in rice, casseroles, and soup, but eating it alone and crunchy- nope! However, wasting food is just not in my genes. I had to figure out a way to use the extra celery- and of course, if the result included microgreens, WIN!
Celery is a healthy food.
Lots of fiber, a good dose of vitamin K, C, and A, Potassium, Folate, antioxidants… and all that with almost no calories or carbohydrates. When I realized that celery wasn’t just water and strings (which for those who are curious are the xylem of the celery plant!) but a healthy, nutritious vegetable I also realized that it was time for me to figure out how to love it on a regular basis. I started adding it to my morning microgreen smoothie, but I wanted something different, something that appealed to the entire family. Enter the stuffing…
‘Ants on a log’ is a perennial children’s favorite- celery stuffed with peanut butter and topped with raisins- but I needed to up the creative factor. I tried several different fillings: tuna and tofu salad, different kinds of nut butter, a spicy salsa stuffing… the bottom line is that the possibilities are endless. Just add microgreens to any filling and you will up the nutrient quotient as well.
For children, where a little sweetness might be appreciated, I came up with this fruit and cream cheese version. I think you will like it.
This recipe is a great one to include the kiddos in preparing.
Let them mix up the filling, stuff, and decorate the tops with a variety of toppings. If you find you need a bit sweeter filling, add the teaspoon of sugar- it brings out the flavor of the pineapple without being overwhelming.
- 4 oz. Cream Cheese
- 2 Tbsp. finely chopped microgreens
- 2 Tbsp. finely grated carrot
- 2 Tbsp. crushed pineapple
- 1 tsp sugar (optional)
- Celery stalks
- Wash and dry the celery stalks, and cut into appropriate size lengths
- Mix the filling ingredients together with a fork.
- Fill the celery stalks with the filling.
- Top with your choice of toppings- raisins, dried cranberries, pineapple, additional microgreens- be creative!
Have you tried it? Let me know in the comments how you liked it and what toppings you prefer!