New “Play with Your Plate” kids Menu at Baba Ganoush

I am pleased to announce the debut of our newest “Play with Your Plate” kids menu at Baba Ganoush in the Eagle Village in Fredericksburg, VA. Baba Ganoush opened in August 2011, and is owned by Sanaullah Shaihk and his wife, Rebekah Cousins-Shaikh. Sanaullah, a native of Pakistan, and Rebekah, an American from Pennsylvania wanted to open a restaurant with the the same quality and love in the food as what they make at home. Both are well-educated with children and their own professional careers. Despite their lack of experience in the restaurant business Sanaullah (known as Sana) says, “My wife really enjoys my cooking and encouraged me to start the restaurant.” The menu features Mediterranean and Indian Cuisine. The chef prepares many family recipes and uses whole spices ground on site, not spice blends. Naan bread, a flat bread popular in South Asian cuisine, is made fresh in a tandoori clay oven as you order it. Sana approached me to help him design a kids menu that would appeal to a wide audience of kids. As soon as I tasted the food at Baba Ganoush and felt the care and pride with which it was prepared, I knew the kids menu could be WONDERFUL. We designed the menu options so that everyone from the pickiest toddler to the most adventurous 10 year-old could find something they like. A cheese pizza and “Peanut Butter and Jelly Pinwheels” are familiar tastes made on fresh Naan bread. A mildly spiced “Kiddie Chicken Curry” and Chicken Kabob are great introductions to some Eastern spices. These selections come with a healthy side dish choice...

Doctor Yum Gets Kids Menus Back on Track in Fredericksburg

I am pleased to announce a new program from Doctor Yum called “Play With Your Plate”.  Doctor Yum has partnered up with Fredericksburg Parent and Family Magazine to help make eating out healthier for kids in the Fredericksburg, VA area.  Using this program will help local restaurants improve the nutrition offered in their kids menus.  Our first kids menu project made its debut this past Tuesday at a wonderful restaurant, “FOODĒ,” in downtown Fredericksburg.   First, here is a little background.  I know I am not the only parent frustrated by the lack of nutritious options featured in restaurant kids menus.  We are all familiar with the choices: chicken tenders, burgers, mac and cheese, and pizza (all with a side of fries).  Let’s face it. Ours is a culture that eats out.  According to the USDA, a third of our meals are eaten outside of the home. As I much as I love to cook, sometimes even I need a break from the kitchen and a fun night out with the family.  Some of the ways I have gotten around the unhealthy kids menus is: 1) order a veggie side dish for my kids, 2) visit ethnic restaurants where there is no kids menu and the kids have no option but to eat a more balanced meal, 3) Hide the kids menu and make the kids split an adult entree. It takes a lot of gymnastics to get the kids a healthy meal!   It so happens that a wonderful restaurant opened in Fredericksburg this year.  “FOODĒ” is a cool downtown eatery that focuses on food made from fresh,...

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