Recipes for Healthy Kid Sauces

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Kids love cheese sauce made with 2 tablespoons flour, 2 tablespoons butter put in a sauce pan to make a roux. Add 1 cup milk and stir constantly with a whisk until smooth, add 1 cup of shredded cheese, stirring until melted and pour over veggies, like broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, bell pepper, and red onion. This makes a great sauce for the kid favorite Mac and Cheese mixed with a rainbow of veggies. The roux can also be used to make a stroganoff sauce. Sauté ½ pound of portabella mushrooms and ½ red onion in 3 tablespoons butter, add 3 tablespoon flour, when browned stir in 1 cup sour cream and ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley to pour over 8 ounces of noodles and steamed broccoli. For an Asian stir-fry, try a peanut sauce.Using a wok or skillet, sauté 1 cup of onion with a ¼ cup vegetable oil for about 5 minutes, add 2 cloves of minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of minced ginger, and ½ a jalapeno pepper, with the seeds and membrane washed out and minced, cooking a 5 minutes more. Stir in 1 cup peanut butter, 1 ¼ cups water, ¼ cup soy sauce, 3 tablespoons honey, and top with fresh chopped basil. Pour over noodles and steamed veggies.

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