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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

5 Ways to Make Cooking with your Kids Fun

5 Ways to Make Cooking with your Kids Fun

1. Have a theme dinner night.

Choose a favorite movie, color, animal, etc and plan dinner around that theme.
Use these pages for help planning
Theme Dinners
Movie and Cooking Theme Night

2.  Have an International Night

Choose a country and try some new foods from the country. Dress up and create a dinner menu for fun.
See our international section for different countries you could highlight.

3. Have Leftovers for Dinner

Don't want your leftovers to go to waste? Have the kids be the waiter/waitress and include all the options (leftovers in your fridge) of what the chef is preparing tonight. (warming up) You could even write up a menu on a wipe board or print up your own restaurant menu with `Today's Special'.

Need some ideas of what to do with your leftovers?

4. Family Chefs

Let each member of the family choose their favorite dish and prepare it for a family feast. If you'd like to keep from having 5+ main dishes, assign a category to each such as vegetable dish, main dish, appetizer, dessert, etc.

See our recipe index for a category of menu recipes.

5. What's in the Cupboard Recipe Creation

Have each member of the family choose an item from the cupboard or fridge and as a family figure out how and/or what to make for dinner with the items.

What are some cooking activities you do at your house?

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day Fun and Food Ideas

What better way to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 then by planting something and making dirt cups!

Growing Projects for Earth Day

First here are some ideas to plant on this Earth Day. Of course planting a tree is a great activity, but if you don't have the space here are some smaller space ideas for planting.

1. Plant seeds in egg cartons or reuse plastic cups.

2. Regrow your vegetable scraps into new plants for your garden.

3. Plant an herb garden.

4. Plant grass in a crafty box.
Create a cardboard box out of recycled cardboard or cereal boxes. Decorate, color and design the outside how you'd like.
Line the bottom with heavy plastic sheeting. Add potting soil. Press seeds into soil. Radish seeds grow quickly or to look like straight hair plant grass seeds.
Using a spray bottle, spray seeds slightly with water and cover with plastic wrap for several days. Uncover and spray every day.
1 to 2 weeks later you will have a basket that has real looking grass in it.

Dirt Pudding Cups

In a plastic cup, add chocolate pudding. Add gummy worms poking out of the top. Crush chocolate sandwich cookies and sprinkle on the top to resemble dirt.

Dirt Cupcakes Recipe

1 1/4 Cup of water
1/3 Cup of canola oil
3 eggs
1 (18.25 oz.) box chocolate cake mix with pudding
3/4 Cup ready to spread chocolate frosting
24 gummy worms

Preset the oven temperature to 350 degrees allowing the oven to preheat.
Place paper cupcake liners into the cups on a muffin tin.
Spray the lines lightly with a non stick cooking spray.
Pour the water into a mixing bowl.
Whisk the canola oil into the water.
Add the eggs and whisk until well combined.
Add the cake mix powder and stir until blended in well.
Fill the paper lines 2/3 full of the batter.
Bake for 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.
Remove the cupcakes to a wire rack and cool for 20 minutes.
Using a wooden spoon handle make a hole in the center of each cupcake about as wide as a penny.
Place the frosting into a baggie and snip one corner off the bag.
Squeeze the frosting into the holes on the cupcakes allowing a small amount to top the cupcake.
Press a gummy worm into the frosting hole of each cupcake leaving a portion of the worm over the edge of the cupcakes.

Or make a whole dirt cake instead of cupcakes.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Paleo for Kids Series Part 2

Paleo Kid Friendly Recipes

In Paleo for Kids part 1, I talked about what to eat and what not to eat when starting a Paleo way of eating. Today I'm going to cover a day's menu of Paleo meals.

Paleo Breakfast Idea

Green Scrambled Eggs

Servings: 2-4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5-10 minutes

4 large eggs, at room temperature
4 large leaves of spinach or kale
1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Sea salt, to taste

Puree the spinach leaves with 1 Tablespoon olive oil.  Pour into a bowl and beat in four eggs. Add a pinch of sea salt. Mix together until completely smooth.

Once the mixture is well blended, place a pan on stove. Grease the pan with the other 1 tablespoon oil. Allow to heat and pour in beaten eggs and spinach mix. Scramble until cooked through. Serve immediately.

Eggs are acceptable in the Paleo diet so try adding some fun vegetables and creating faces!

Paleo Lunch Idea

Paleo Shrimp Spring Roll

Servings: 6

6 whole romaine lettuce leaves
6 medium sized uncooked shrimps
1/2 of a large sized cucumber, peeled, seeded and sliced thinly
4-5 cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half
1 large carrot, peeled and very thinly sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced

Wash lettuce leaves and dry.
Now take the shrimps and devein.  Heat up a skillet and fill it up with a few Tablespoons of water.  Drop the halved shrimps in the skillet and steam with the lid on for 2 minutes.  Cut the shrimps in half lengthwise through the vein after those cool down and set aside.
Lay a lettuce leaf down and add shrimp.  Top with carrot, green onion and cucumber slices.  Start rolling the leaves.  Serve with any type of dipping sauce.

Paleo Dinner Idea

Paleo Egg Drop Soup

Servings: 4

5 Cups homemade chicken broth
4 large eggs, whisked with water
1 1/2 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
A dash of sea salt
2-3 green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
A dash of ground black pepper


Whisk the eggs with 1 Tablespoon of water in a bowl.  Set aside.  Pour the chicken stock into a stockpot by reserving 1/2 Cup of it.  Turn up the heat to high and dissolve the green onions, sea salt and black pepper in the stock.
Cook the stock on high heat for a few minutes. Dissolve the arrowroot powder in the remaining stock and add it to the soup in the stockpot.
Lower the flame to medium and boil the soup for 2 minutes.  Then pour the beaten eggs mixture slowly in the soup while swirling the soup with a ladle or wooden spoon.  

Paleo Snack Idea

Pumpkin Seeds

Servings: 1 cup

1 Cup dried pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon paprika
Sea salt, to taste
1/2 Cup paleo vinegar
2 Tablespoons olive oil

If not using packaged pumpkin seeds you’ll need to prepare fresh seeds from a pumpkin. Start with removing the seeds from a pumpkin. Roll them out on a baking sheet and leave them under the sun for a few days to dry.  Once dry, remove the shell of the seeds and rinse the seeds under cold running water. Pat dry the pumpkin seeds with the help of paper towels and spread them back on the baking sheet to dry overnight.

Next day, prepare the oven by setting it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix sea salt and paprika in a bowl.  Set aside.  Drizzle the olive oil over the pumpkin seeds and toss by hand to coat the seeds nice and evenly with the oil.  Transfer the oil coated seeds to the bowl of paprika and sea salt and give a generous toss to coat the seeds with the spice mixture.

Spread the pumpkin seeds on the baking sheet.  Pop the baking sheet into the prepared oven and bake for 10 minutes.  Give a light stir to the seeds and bake for another 5 minutes.

Once done, give a final stir to the seeds mixture and bake for an additional 5 minutes to finish off.   

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