Friday, October 23, 2015

Turn Meals Into Works of Art

The concentration is there, a look of sheer determination on her face. She is creating a masterpiece with every stroke. Her canvas has endless possibilities.

The placement of colors is a conscience choice and not just slapped about her canvas with reckless abandon. The artist wants you to feel something from her creation; she wants you to look at this masterpiece and lose yourself in its beauty.

Her hands move deftly around the canvas making decisions based on the power of her creative mind. Then she picks up the canvas, smiles, and takes a huge bite out of it.

I'm a stay at home dad in charge of keeping my kids fed and healthy so they can grow their minds and bodies. No pressure there. To be honest, going to the grocery store is on my list of least favorite things next to being there to hold them down during flu shot season. 

You would think as the one that volunteered to stay home that cooking would be somewhere in my repertoire but it's not. I can follow directions in a recipe but sometimes you have to be able to improvise because you forgot an ingredient at the store and there's no way you can fit another trip in before piano lessons.

But, I look at cooking just like art; while there are certain supplies that help you achieve a great work of art, it is the person combining those things together that makes it special.
Creating in the kitchen is just like creating anywhere else. It begins with choices that determine how successful or in this case, how delicious or nutritious something can be.

When it comes to kids they are the Dalis of dining. They all like weird stuff and their choices are questionable. Not only that but of our three kids not one of them likes all of the same things! Clearly there are no reproductions in this family. Combine that stress with a picky eater and it makes the entire process that much more daunting.

So just how did I get my kids to eat something nutritious and delicious? I put the creation in the hands of my little artists with Flatout Flatbread. They have a variety of products to choose from so there is something for everyone. From flatbread pizzas, tacos, and sandwiches there is bound to be something these Warhol weirdos DO like to eat. To find Flatout varieties in a store near you visit the store locator and try a $.50 off coupon today!

Does one kid like sandwiches? Try their Flatout Foldit Artisan Flatbreads. Does another like tacos? Give him a Flatbread Wrap. Parents, you can get in on this deal too. Are you trying to slim down? Use their Protein Up, Carb Down flatbread that contains 12 grams of protein and only 8 net carbs. Flatout has so many products with your healthy eating in mind that you can't go wrong. There is literally endless possibilities and combinations to be creative and no two works of art will be the same.

Give a kid a piece of bread and they may it eat but give the kids a Flatout flatbread and they will treat it like a canvas, creating their own edible masterpieces. With a little sauce, cheese, and toppings you have after school flatbread pizza ready in six minutes that they will actually eat it. Maybe you're not the creative type and you're afraid to step into the kitchen. The key is to make it fun! Still not sure or having artist's block? Try my Pepper and Pancetta Flatout flatbread pizza recipe below.

If you have difficulty getting your kids to eat something you made, put them in charge of the creation. You may find that when given more choices they will make healthier decisions while sticking to their special palettes. Your little culinary artists want to dazzle you with their creativity so let's let them by making Flatout their canvas. 


Ingredients :

1 package Flatout Flatbread : Artisan Thin Pizza Crust Rustic White or Spicy Italian

1 4 oz package Citterio cubed pancetta (Trader Joe's)

1 bag of mini sweet peppers

1 8 oz bag of shredded carrots

1 cup Baby bella mushrooms (optional)

1 12 oz jar of pizza sauce

1 bag of shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a small pan, fry up the pancetta until crispy
  3. Wash and slice all veggies
  4. Place flatbreads across a baking sheet and baked for 2 minutes
  5. Remove from oven and apply sauce, and toppings according to your artistic taste
  6. Bake for 4 more minutes or until cheese melts
  7. Take out your masterpieces, snap a few photos, post on Instagram using #FlatoutIsMyCanvas or #FlatoutLove 
  8. Eat these one of a kind creations!

DadNCharge was compensated for this post by Flatout. All opinions expressed above are from my personal experiences as a dad trying to feed my children something delicious AND nutritious. Thank you Flatout for giving my family and me another way to be creative together. 

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