Tip: Alternatives to Grating Vegetables

Alternatives to Grating

One of my family’s favorite recipes calls for grated carrot and zucchini. I was almost finished grating the first carrot when I also grated the top of my thumb. Ouch!!! Using a traditional box food grater is an art. Most of us have trouble holding the grater, grating food, and not getting injured. So how could I solve this problem?

 Solution: Mini food processor.


Start by cutting the carrots into 2” lengths. Put the lid on and let the processor do its thing. After 1 minute, the carrot chunks might still be too big for your recipe. Try 30 seconds more until you come up with the right consistency. You’ll have to experiment with timing based on your own food processor.


When tackling zucchini, a small zucchini works best. Cut into 1-inch chunks, and chop with the processor. Don’t forget to squeeze out the water after processing. (Hint: The larger the zucchini, the higher its moisture content.)


The mini food processor worked great for potatoes as well!


The mini food processor and the onion were *not* as good of friends. The onion chopped up fine, but the fumes of the onion made my eyes water A LOT.  It seems easier to buy frozen chopped onion.


The carrot made my processor turn orange.  Here are a few tips to help reduce and/or remove the stain.

 1)  Spray the inside of the food processor with non-stick spray before using.

2)  Hand-wash the processor parts with baking soda, then place in the dishwasher.

3)  Pour a small amount of vegetable oil into a dish.  Dip a paper towel into the oil until soaked.   Scrub the stain on the processor until it disappears.

Sequencing: The Order of Things

Sequencing for kids

We have a system in our house: Chores, good behavior and other completed tasks equal stickers.  Once a ticket is full of stickers (about 15), my son can turn that ticket in for a reward.  The other day we were at the orthodontist and I said, “You can earn 2 stickers if you sit super still and let them do all the work.”  After they were done he announced, “Best behavior ever!”  I replied, “Yes! And how many stickers do you get?”  His reply, “14!”


We all get excited to start something new.  Depending on the project, there may be just a few steps or perhaps several.  This is an opportunity to talk about sequencing.

Let’s face it.  I really would like to walk into my kitchen and eat a snack.  However, someone needs to find a recipe, plan the grocery list, buy the ingredients, follow the recipe, mix the ingredients, and make the snack.

Using the attached recipe for Graham Cracker Quick Snack you can discuss the steps needed to make your snack.  Planning the ingredients, mixing the frosting equals success.  Have fun creating your own designs with the frosting.

However, what would happen if you did the steps out of order?  Would you be pleased with the outcome?


Let’s take the sequence cards (click on download) and rearrange the order:  Eat the graham crackers, add food coloring, spread the frosting. Following this sequence will not have the desired outcome.

Feel free to print the sequence cards and rearrange as many times as you want.  Have fun and create a story to go with it to help your child understand the importance of sequence. It’s a wonderful example of how planning and work equal success.