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Food for thought this holiday season

By Ginny Hunt

Public Sector Program Manager

The holiday season is in full swing, and with it thoughts of delicious mealtimes and festive feasts - but not every child around the world has a full tummy at this time of the year. Every five seconds a child dies from hunger-related causes, and one in four kids in the U.S. are food insecure.

Google and YouTube is working with Sesame Street and Chef Art Smith to raise awareness about how families can eat healthy food on a budget. Elmo also sat down with Art to answer questions picked by the community using Google Moderator on their YouTube channel. Elmo and Art tackled tough topics like how to get kids to eat more veggies and offered tips for cooking good meals in a hurry.

And to top if off, Art Smith shared a few of his favorite, healthy recipes:

Turkey Shepards Pie
3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
2 scallions chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
3 medium carrots, large dice
2 medium celery stalks, medium diced
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
5 Tablespoons of all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups of chicken broth
2 pounds of cooked turkey meat, cut into pieces
1 cup of frozen vegetables
5 cups of mashed potatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375
In a skillet add butter heat to medium add scallions, garlic, thyme and cook till soft.
Add carrots, cook till tender.
Add flour cook with veggies 5 minutes
Add turkey broth and stir till no lumps
Add veggies and turkey pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
Pour into casserole, 13 by 9.
Top with mash potatoes, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Bake 30 minutes till brown and bubbly.