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In celebration of FredParent's KIDtoberfest I prepared some German-inspired, kid-friendly recipes. I found both recipes online but "doctored" them with a few healthy substitutions and additions. German Apple pancakes make a great breakfast recipe, and even works as a dessert or snack. Meatball surprise is meatball on the outside, but has a surprising brussel sprout center!

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BAKED GERMAN APPLE PANCAKE

Ingredients:

1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large apple, cored and cut into thin slices

Directions:

In a large bowl, stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Whisk in the eggs, then the milk. Add melted butter and vanilla. Set batter aside for 30 minutes.

Preheat an oven to 425 degrees. On the stove, melt the butter in a large 10-inch cast-iron or oven-safe skillet over low heat, and use a brush or paper towel to coat the sides of the pan.

Meanwhile, combine 1/4 cup of brown sugar with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle over the bottom of the prepared skillet and then place apple slices on top, lining the skillet.. Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of brown sugar over the apples. Turn up the heat to medium for 1-3 minutes until brown sugar starts to bubble and apple start to get warm. Remove pan from heat and pour batter gently over the apples. Place in oven for 15 minutes. Turn heat down to 375 degrees and bake for 5-10 more minutes. Pancake should be golden brown and cooked through. Loosen from the skillet with a spatula, slice and serve warm.

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SURPRISE MEATBALLS

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground turkey (or beef)
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 tablespoon flaxmeal
1 medium onion, chopped fine
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 package frozen brussels sprouts
28 oz. tomato sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine first 8 ingredients. Take 3-4 tablespoons of meat mixture and shape it around a brussels sprout. Place each meatball in a baking pan sprayed with cooking spray until all meat has been used. Cover meatballs with tomato sauce (if you use a thick sauce you may dilute it with several tablespoons of water first). Loosely cover with foil and bake for 1 to 1½ hours until baked through.

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About Doctor Yum

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Nimali Fernando, MD is a local pediatrician and mom who is passionate about teaching families about feeding kids nutritious foods. Follow her blog to find out about local healthy food finds for kids, recipes, and how to make feeding kids an enriching family experience. You can also check out her website, doctoryum.com for more great ideas on feeding children healthy foods.

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