Eat: Dinner, Diner Style
Continuing in the theme of the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day next week, Jake and I decided to make a dinner with a “diner theme”, in order to introduce the Civil Rights Movement and the work that Martin Luther King Jr. participated in and ultimately gave his life for.
As many of you may recall from junior high history class, sit-ins were popular during the height of the Civil Rights movement. Many of these happened in diners, a common place of dining, in which people who were labeled as having dark skin were not allowed to eat. Some people labeled as having white skin decided they would not allow this to go on any longer, and would protest through sit-ins. These kind and courageous men and women would be yelled at, called names, get food thrown on, and I’m sure many other much-more-horrible things.
Over dinner, we got to talk to the kids (mostly Asante was the only one interested or, frankly, able to grasp what we were talking about) about these things, as well as related topics like courage, bullying, and civil disobedience (for a later post!).
As a part of the meal, I also got the chance to introduce the kids to one of my favorite treats growing up- banana chocolate chip milkshakes. My grandpa (who died before I was born), owned a dairy not far from my childhood home. During the summers, my mom would take a 4 mile walk most evenings, with her turnaround point being what was once her dad’s dairy. Once a week (or at least that’s how it felt), she invited me to come, and we would stop in for an ice cream. My favorite was the banana chocolate chip shake.
I decided to make what I’m sure is a healthier version, but just as tasty!
Ingredients (makes 5 small-size shakes):
1/2-3/4 carton of frozen yogurt (I used Eddy’s Fat-Free frozen vanilla yogurt)
3/4-1 cup of vanilla yogurt (Light and Fit is what we love here!)
3 frozen bananas, slightly thawed
1/2 tsp banana extract
mini chocolate chips
Mix the frozen yogurt, regular yogurt, bananas and banana extract together in a blender until smooth. Stir in a handful of mini chocolate chips. Pour into cups, and top with a sprinkle of more mini chocolate chips for decoration!
In addition to milkshakes, we also had club sandwiches and sweet potato fries, both of which Aly and I made from scratch! We used variations of recipes we found online. I’d highly recommend them!
Club Sandwiches from The Pioneer Woman
We only did 2 pieces of bread, instead of her three. We also used the thin and crispy turkey bacon, and only one kind of lunch meat. You can do it however you want, but I think she offers a great idea to get the mind going about what should be on the perfect club sandwich :).
|Aly mixing the pesto with mayo|
|Not as glorious looking as the Pioneer Woman’s, but still really tasty!|
We skipped the black pepper and garlic– just went with seasoned salt and paprika. A delicious and healthier version of the white potato french fries.
|Shaking the fries in olive oil.|
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