A Beautiful Planet (G)
"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed."
- Mahatma Gandhi
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station capture breathtaking footage of the natural wonders of Earth. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence.
Rice Globes, Home-made Lemonade, Fruit-n-Flower Platter and Sweet Seedlings
Fruit-n-Flower Platter: In celebration of Earth day I wanted to showcase a movie that celebrates out beautiful planet and I wanted the menu to reflect that celebration as well. I decided to go vegetarian for this menu, it only seemed appropriate.
As a starter I created this very simple Fruit-n-Flower Platter, made of oranges, apples, strawberries, blackberries and edible flowers, which you can purchase at #sprouts. Cut fruit as big or small as you want, grab a nice dish and decorate!
Home-made Lemonade: Nothing like the flavor of sweet and sour. My family loves lemonade and when I make it fresh I can control the sweetness of it. Its pretty simple and you only needs lemons, sugar and water but if you'd still like a great recipe click here. Feel free to add some Chia seeds to add a gummy texture and some protien.
TIP: Have blueberry or strawberries left over from the platter? throw them in the lemonade and add some flavor and color.
Rice Globes: When making these use Jasmine or Sushi rice otherwise it wont be sticky enough to hold the shape. The kids absolutely loved the globes and even though I don't show it here they had a side of broccoli with it which my son called, an edible forest.
YOU WILL NEED:
Jasmine/sushi rice, blue food coloring, and seaweed.
After rice is cooked add a few drops of the blue food coloring and mix together. Yes it'll be hot, its ok.
Grab a small round bowl (I used a 4inch diameter one), use a flavorless oil (canola/vegetable oil) to grease up the inside of it slightly so that the rice doesn't stick. Then fill it with the rice. Pack it in there but be careful not to burn yourself.
Turn the small bowl over on the plate and rice will fall right out.
Once rice globes have been plated cut out or even hand rip the pieces of seaweed to resemble the continents and add them to the rice. Note, It's important that during this step the rice is still very warm so that the seaweed sticks to the rice as shown in the image above.
Sweet Seedlings: There were many many creative sweet treats that were already out there for Earth day and it was hard to pick one but when I came across the Sweet Seedlings from #pureella I fell in love with it. I know you can't see it from the picture but it has all kinds of deliciousness in it, like, coconut, almonds and pretzels! Mmm mmm mmm. Click here for her recipe.
NOTE: In her recipe she uses hemp seeds which I couldn't find so I ended up using sunflower seeds which tasted just fine. This was a hit with my kids and I have made it several times after for them.
Q&A with the kids
1. What are you doing now to keep the Earth safe and clean? What else can you do?
2. Do you think you'd be able to live in space for 3 months? Why or why not?
3. When your an adult what kind of things will you do to make sure we stop polluting the Earth?