New York, NY - In a special back-to-school outing, Let's Move! Executive Director Sam Kass on Monday made a live appearance on NBC's Today show, discussing First Lady Michelle Obama's child obesity campaign and demonstrating four kid-friendly recipes, including a super easy Egg and Potato Frittata.
"I think we’re seeing the country unite around our kids’ health," Kass told host Savannah Guthrie.
"We’re seeing preschool obesity rates starting to already come down, which we’re really excited about. Now we’ve got to get our youngsters in school and getting healthy."
Kass touted Let’s Move! Active Schools, Mrs. Obama's project "to really get kids active throughout the school day." The component defines an "active school" as one that incorporates physical activity for an hour into each school day, before, during or after school.
"Parents can really get involved if they go to letsmoveschools.org," Kass said. "They can sign up and help their schools make environments that will have their kids moving all day."
Good nutrition is critical, Kass said. Cooking on Today's outdoor set, he whipped up the Egg and Potato Frittata, and said it would "feed three or four kids."
Kass loaded it with blanched Swiss chard, Cheddar cheese and cooked turkey breakfast sausage, but suggested many ingredient swaps, noting that whatever is in the refrigerator can be tossed in.
"If you had some chicken or green beans, you could cut it up and use it," Kass said. "It could be anything. Some bacon, some ground beef, whatever you want...some broccoli."
Kass cooked the Frittata in a single pan, and gave two options for finishing it.
"You can let this go on the stove and cover it, or pop it into the oven at 300 degrees," Kass said.
CLICK HERE for links to the other recipes Kass demonstrated: A Turkey Wrap with Hummus, a Berry Smoothie, and a Popcorn Snack. Check the sidebar for all White House recipes.
White House Egg And Potato Frittata
*1/4 oz Unsalted Butter
*1 1/2 Tsp Vegetable Oil
*6 Large eggs, beaten
*1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
*1 3/4 Cups Potatoes
*2 Cups Swiss Chard, blanched
*2 tsp salt & pepper
*1 Cup Turkey Breakfast Sausage, cooked, and sliced, diced, or chopped
1. Beat eggs and season with salt and pepper.
2. Warm sauté pan over medium heat (the pan should not get too hot). Add oil and butter.
3. Sautée potatoes and Swiss chard.
4. Pour in eggs to form the base of the Frittata. Sprinkle on cheese.
5. Frittata can be finished in a low (300-degree F) oven, or covered on top of the stove. Cook until eggs are firm.
*Makes 8 servings, according to the White House
*Video and photo courtesy of Today show