You are here: Home » Local Heroes » Kids’ Meals: Prairie Grass Cafe Kids’ Meals: Prairie Grass Cafe Featured Article,For Moms,Heroes,Local Heroes http://relish.com/articles/kids-meals-prairie-grass-cafe/ by Emily ArnoJuly 25, 2012 Forget french fries and unrecognizable chicken nuggets. Relish Food Hero Chef Sarah Stegner has kids eating better. Teresa Blackburn http://pgoarelish2.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/img_7839.jpg Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Alarmed by the poor eating habits of kids, Sarah Stegner of Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, Ill., and Diane Schmidt, a concerned mother and health educator, decided to make a difference. Their grassroots program, Healthy Fare for Kids, enlists restaurants to offer healthy meals for kids—at least one. Stegner had been serving healthy kids’ meals for a while but was eager to get other chefs involved in the cause. “Our message is that if you give kids a chance to eat healthy, and the food tastes really good, they will enjoy it,” says Stegner. She has been pleasantly surprised to see kids ordering carrots, squash, spinach and even Brussels sprouts instead of mashed potatoes. French fries are not on her dinner menu. The program has recruited about two dozen restaurants to date, with Chef Rick Bayless’s famed Frontera Grill the latest addition. Inspired by Stegner, here are four simple ways to get your kids to eat better while eating out: Limit bread at the table. If portion sizes are big, take half home. Order sparkling water instead of soda or milk. For dessert, try sorbet and a cookie. —By Carolyn Walkup, a food writer in Chicago, Ill. Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Crunchy Wild Striped Bass This recipe from Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook, Chicago, is a perfect way to introduce kids to fish.