Dining out as a family can be a problematic situation. Parents want kids to eat better (healthy, balanced choices), but many kids’ meals are plain, boring and unbalanced. While older children can often order off the main menu, smaller children can be left with menu choices that can lack balance. Prairie Grass Café chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris have designed new brunch, lunch and dinner menus for children that incorporate balanced, healthy choices.
The Prairie Grass Café children’s menu choices reflect the chefs and restaurant’s commitment to the Healthy Fare for Kids initiative. The program aims to make healthier meals accessible to kids. Chef Stegner is a founding member of the program.
“Our goal is to offer at least one healthy choice on kid’s menus everywhere,” says Stegner. “We have a number of healthy options on our menu that are fun and delicious at Prairie Grass Cafe.”
Dozens of restaurants have joined Healthy Fare for Kids by placing at least one item on their menu for kids following the organization’s nutritional guidelines. Healthful kids’ meals are a top ranked food trend which helps restaurants stay competitive.
The key to making these kids’ meals appealing to the younger guest is that each dish is delicious and fun. Healthy, balanced meals can and will appeal to all ages. Kids (and adults) can and will venture out of the plain and boring when given the option.
The healthier options include Kids can start with a snack of edamame or a mixed green salad with “Mighty Vine” tomatoes and balsamic dressing. Another kids’ combo offers apples, carrots, cucumber, chunks of cheese and caramelized bananas. Entrées include filet of sautéed Lake Superior wild whitefish served with grapefruit, carrots and capers or the panko crusted all-natural chicken cutlet with crunchy apple slaw. Both of these options have the Healthy Fare for Kids logo. The logo represents that the menu item meets the initiative’s nutritional guidelines. Parents and kids will feel good about these choices.
The new menus also have kid’s favorites, such as a waffle with maple syrup and whipped butter for Sunday brunch and a PB & J double-decker sandwich served with fresh fruit for weekday lunch. The classic kid favorite, cheese pizza with chef’s choice of vegetable, is available during dinner.
Prairie Grass Café is located at 601 Skokie Boulevard in Northbrook, Illinois. For more information on this restaurant, hours of operation and reservations, please visit www.prairiegrasscafe.com.