If you wish your children would eat more than mere pizza and chicken fingers, fear not. They can, and will, eat healthily with a few little tricks. Getting the kids involved in the meal preparation process might be just the thing. Veteran chefs from two local landmarks shared their secrets, and recipes, for delicious, healthy, surprisingly simple family meals the whole family can get in on.
1313 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
For lunch, prolong your Disneyland-at-home experience with Martinez’s chicken Caesar pasta. Begin with one pound of your favorite pasta noodles, prepared as directed on the package. While cooking pasta, heat two tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan, add and brown one pound of diced chicken breast. Cook a few minutes with one tablespoon minced garlic. Dice and stir in one half pound of portobello mushrooms. Add pasta to warm mixture and toss with Caesar dressing. Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped red bell pepper and chives. Experiment with your family’s favorite vegetables.
About Chef Oscar Martinez
Oscar Martinez began working for Disneyland as a busboy just 17 months after the park opened. One of only six employees who has been with the park for 56 years, has spent the last four decades making magic at the Carnation Cafe. Guests of Disneyland seek him out before taking a table, or even when not eating at all, just to see him and say hello.
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Summit House Restaurant
2000 E. Bastanchury Road
Fullerton, CA 92835
About Chef Timothy Plumb
Plumb has worked at fine restaurants and hotels throughout the country for 25 years. At the Summit House, he has perfected the classical presentation, mastering dishes that look every bit as wonderful as they taste. He has been recognized by Zagat, the Epicurean Society and the Southern California Restaurant Writers Gold and Sterling Silver Awards. With an eye for flair, and a knack for flavor, Plumb’s offerings will delight and impress even the hardest to please members of your family.
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