Thursday, April 24, 2014

How to Read a Recipe Worksheets

A Cooking and Reading activity on how to read a recipe.
Included in these teaching cooking materials:
  • A breakdown of what are the parts to a recipe
  • A reading recipe worksheets
  • A write your own recipe worksheet
 See more details on How to Read A Recipe Activity
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Monday, April 21, 2014

5 more breakfast ideas

Breakfast at our house is always a challenge on school days, here are 5 more ideas to share with you:
  1. Oatmeal with all the fixings is a great, quick breakfast. Prep all the add-ins, nuts, raisins, brown sugar, and have them handy at all times. This breakfast works best for kids that are driven to school. It’s a little tricky to walk to the bus stop while eating out of a bowl. Not impossible, but tricky.
  2. Homemade granola and milk is another great to go breakfast for the car ride.
  3. Better yet, turn that homemade granola into homemade granola bars.
  4. Leftover noodles are a healthier alternative to cold pizza and quite popular with kids. Plus, there is nothing easier than cold, leftover noodles to serve for a breakfast on the go.
  5. Bake banana bread or zucchini bread on Sunday to make your Monday mornings go a little smoother and tastier.
Don't forget to check out our Easy Breakfast for Kids book either on the kindle or paperback!
Breakfast Recipes
Here are more breakfast recipes and ideas.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Regional Cooking Activities - Pies across America

This Cooking Geography Theme Ebook is filled with cooking activities to teach kids about different regions in the USA. Each region we have recipes, with a Pies across America theme, that teaches about the specific region.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Kids Breakfast Ideas

Last week we shared some breakfast ideas here are 10 more, don't forget to share with us your kids breakfast ideas.
Easy Breakfasts for kids

  • If you are trying to wean yourself off of a fast food breakfast, try an English muffin with ham and American cheese. If you have time, microwave until the cheese melts. If you have even more time, fry an egg.
  • A great way to use up leftovers from last night’s dinner is to add a piece of leftover chicken to a dinner roll with some cheese. Heat and eat.
  •  If your family is big on Saturday morning pancakes, make extra and stash them in the freezer. You can microwave them or eat them frozen (kid friendly). You can serve them with syrup or spread them peanut butter.
  • Smoothies are a great way to get a lot of nutrition in your body quickly, and they taste great. Try vanilla soy milk, a banana, a handful of strawberries and ½ cup of uncooked oatmeal. Give it a spin and grab a straw.
  • Another version is the chocolate smoothie. What kid wouldn’t want a chocolate shake for breakfast? Mix chocolate almond milk, a banana and 2 tablespoons of natural peanut or almond butter.

Whichever tips you take, have everything prepped in a drawer or section of the fridge for easy access. Better yet, make sure everyone can get their own breakfast by putting everything in easy reach.

Would you like more breakfast ideas? 




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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Meatless Stuffed Peppers

I wanted to modify our Stuffed Bell Peppers recipe for a Meatless Dish and it turned out great! We've been focusing on eating less meat throughout the week and this variation was loved just as much as the meat version. I also like that this dish can stand on it's own, meaning you don't need any side dishes. Once the rice mixture is cooked, you simply stuff the peppers and bake.

With supervision kids can prepare this easily, especially steps like mixing the cooked rice mixture together and stuffing peppers with rice mixture.

Ingredients:
6 bell peppers
1 chicken bouillon cube
3 Cups water
2 cups rice
1 onion
1 carrot
1- 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
1-2 T. olive oil
pinch of salt and pepper
1 T. mixed herbs or Italian seasoning


Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut top of peppers off and take out seeds. If desired, cut in half lengthwise or leave whole. Bring a pan of water to boil and place peppers in. Boil several minutes until peppers start to soften. This step helps the peppers not take as long to cook in the oven. With tongs, lift peppers out of water a place in a casserole dish to cool. Set aside.
stuffed peppers


Add 1-2 tablespoons oil to a frying pan. Grate 1 onion and 1 carrot into the oil. If you prefer you can chop the vegetables instead with a food chopper. Saute 1 minute or until onion starts to soften. Add 2 cups rice and 1 bouillon cube into the onion, carrot mixture. Stir several minutes until rice turns glassy. Stir in 3 Cups water. Turn to medium low and simmer with a lid on. Cook until rice is tender.

Once rice is cooled off, stir in tomato sauce. You want the mixture to not be too dry so add tomato sauce accordingly. Season with salt and pepper and stir in Italian seasoning. Stuff rice mixture into soft peppers and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Sprinkle the top with shredded cheese and place back in the oven for 5 minutes, if desired.

~If you'd like more veggies added, I like to use an extra bell pepper and dice finely or chop with the food chopper and stir into the rice mixture.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cooking Vocabulary Worksheets

Included in these kids cooking teaching materials:
-Cooking Vocabulary cards can be used as flashcards to learn cooking terms or for display

-Cooking vocabulary poster

-Cooking terms worksheets:
Match cooking vocabulary word with pictures
write definition of cooking vocabulary
Understanding what cooking terms are used for

-Cooking terms glossary

This Cooking Vocabulary Worksheets and Learning about Kitchen Tools and Appliances work well together for cooking classes.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Breakfasts on the Go

Mornings are hectic when it is just you. Then, you add kids to the mix and it can get downright chaotic. People need to get dressed, find backpacks and shoes, make lunches, iron shirts, curl hair, apply make-up and everyone is jockeying for a position in front of that mirror. While I can't help you with the mirror problem, I do have suggestions for grabbing a quick breakfast on the go. These breakfast ideas below should get you pointed in the right nutritional direction, no matter how crazy your mornings are.


Don't forget to check out our Breakfast cookbook for more ideas.
Breakfast Recipes Kindle or Paperback

1.    Homemade trail mix can be mixed ahead of time and stored in individual containers or in a jar in the pantry. Be sure to include a mix of healthy nuts (for protein) and dried fruit.

2.    Pre-packaged nut packets are also a quick solution when you are short on time on week day mornings
 
3.    Yogurt with healthy cereal. Before you grab those kid-friendly looking yogurts with the mix-ins or green dye, read the labels. You are better off mixing in a cereal like Grape Nuts for added crunch and nutrition.

4.    Frozen grapes or cherries. Not everyone is a big eater in the mornings but some frozen fruit to nibble on during the ride is a great way to wake up their tummy.

5.    Apple Cheese Tortilla. A tortilla can be filled with shredded cheese, thinly sliced apples and microwaved for a few seconds until the cheese melts. It’s tasty, nutritious and fast.

Here are more breakfast ideas!  

What is your favorite breakfast when you are in a hurry?




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