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Monday, September 28, 2015

Vegetable Recipe Series- Roasted Vegetables

See this post on training children's taste buds.

If you’re looking for a meatless meal that satisfies, this is an easy way to try vegetables. This isn’t exactly a recipe, but is meant to inspire you for our next veggie-only dish.

All you do is preheat your oven to 350 F. Then chop up some veggies, herbs and toss them in some olive oil. In this photo, we have yellow squash, peppers, onions and tomatoes. Add some fresh herbs like basil, parsley and oregano or whatever you like.

Mushrooms, eggplant, garlic and plenty of other veggies also work well. Mix all your ingredients and wrap everything in foil on a baking dish. Bake at 350 F for about 40 minutes or so. Drizzle with your favorite balsamic reduction and serve over rice, quinoa or just have it by itself.




Try more vegetable only dishes like this:
Ratatouille
Vegetable Layered Casserole 




Do your kids love veggies?
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cooking Teacher's Curriculum Set

Find details on our Cooking Teacher's Curriculum Set.



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Monday, September 21, 2015

Vegetable Recipe Series- Green Beans

Fresh Vegetables Recipes Series

 **If you don't think kids will eat vegetables, try introducing them to these recipes. Remember it takes 6-10 times of seeing a vegetable before children might try a bite. See this post on training children's taste buds.

If your children don't eat green beans try these beans sautéed in butter and maple syrup。They are tender, sweet and delicious.
Ingredients:
2 cups green beans
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Salt and pepper

How to Make It: 
Steam green beans until softened. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the maple syrup and green beans saute for a few minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.



Learn more about green beans and try more recipes on our green beans facts page.  


Do your kids love veggies?
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Saturday, September 19, 2015

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

How to be a good cook!

Try any of these cooking lessons for more help in becoming a good cook!

Kids Cooking Lessons- Age appropriate tasks to teach kids cooking
10 Basic Cooking Lessons



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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Healthy Dessert Ideas

Kids and adults alike love dessert.  Here are some healthy ideas to craft desserts that are filling and fun.

What is it about dessert that has everyone hooked? In the old days, it was probably the way that parents got their kids to eat foods that they didn’t much care for at dinner. Today, it is a tradition that most don’t want to move away from.

But, just because it is sweet doesn’t mean it has to be bad for you. Even fatty desserts are not bad in moderation, although you don’t get a really big portion for your calories. Wouldn’t it be better to eat more for less?

Healthy Dessert Ideas

  • Fruit and nuts – Fresh fruit has a natural sweetness that anyone will love. Combine it with a crumb topping of nuts and brown sugar and you have a tasty treat. Baking an apple and filling it with candied nuts and raisins is like eating a healthier deconstructed apple pie. Try sliced pears and peaches with a nut topping. Diced walnuts and almond slivers are healthier nut choices. 
  • Parfaits – They are beautiful to look at and even better to eat. Use diced fruit and layer it with whipped cream (low fat or fat free, of course) or vanilla pudding made with skim milk. For a chocolate treat, layer fat free chocolate pudding with whipped cream and top with chocolate cookie crumbles or granola.
  • Dark chocolate – Ongoing research shows that dark chocolate has many health benefits. Melt your own dark chocolate into candy molds and create lollipop treats for yourself and the kids.

  • Desserts can be good for you. You are better off making your own for enhanced flavor, larger portion size and lower calories.
  • Fruit ice – You can use fruit juice to create your own shaved ice or buy low fat lemon ices from the store. They are full of fruit sweetness with fewer calories than ice cream pops.
  • Strawberry Shortcake – Spongy angel food cake and strawberries with fat free whipped topping is a treat for anyone. Make it taste better by baking your own cake and adding fresh strawberries sweetened with Splenda to make syrup.
  • Fruit pizzas – Take a sugar cookie and roll it out like dough. You can cut some calories by making your own sugar cookie dough at home. The “sauce” is made with sugar and cream cheese. You can also try peanut butter and low fat cream cheese. Top with slices of your favorite fruit. Drizzle with fat free caramel.
  • Gelatin – There’s nothing like the old standby. Create your favorite gelatin dessert. Add fruit pieces if you like. Top with whipped topping and coconut. 
See more Dessert Recipes
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Monday, September 14, 2015

Chef Koochooloo: International Culinary Adventures

There are so many kids cooking camps, cook books, and apps available today to introduce kids to the world of cooking. Most focus on teaching one simple recipe, and the learning stops there.

But, I recently came across a company that goes a step further and has created an international education platform that teaches kids about geography, math, science, and social responsibility through healthy and delicious recipes!

Chef Koochooloo is based in Silicon Valley, CA,  and their dynamic team of 4 has spent the last year and a half developing curriculum and bringing after school cooking classes to local schools.

During the one hour cooking session, children are guided on a culinary adventure as they learn kid relevant facts about each country, simple nutrition information about the Ingredient Spotlight of the recipe, an engaging cooking related science experiment, and practice math skills as they measure, chop, and peel! The hands on program turns even the pickiest eaters into curious foodies.


In addition to the after school programs, Chef Koochooloo has been hard at work developing a cookbook with their favorite recipes from the past year, as well as a cooking app for the iPad, so that families can enjoy and explore the curriculum at home! Featuring an interactive 3D globe, children can fly around the world and pick a country to start learning about a new culture through fun facts and over 300 delicious recipes.

Cooking steps are thoughtfully broken down into “Big Chef” and “Little Chef” duties so that parents know just how to include their children in the kitchen.

Vegetarian, Gluten Free and Dairy Free settings are available to accommodate different diets. Quick quizzes are added so that Little Chefs have an activity while they wait for their duties in the kitchen. At the end, families are presented with social issues affecting children in different countries and thought provoking questions to present to their child.

Chef Koochooloo also features international chefs and food bloggers through their App and Social channels! If you are interested in submitting recipes or becoming the Chef Ambassador for your country, contact the team at chefkoochooloo@gmail.com.

Check out their website www.chefkoocooloo.com for more information and look for Chef Koochooloo on the app store this Fall!

Chef Koochooloo would love to share a free class with my subscribers, so use promo code KIDSCOOK when you sign up!
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Vegetable Recipe Series- Zucchini Fries

We are continuing our series on fresh vegetables recipes. This summer I grew yellow squash in the garden and really love it myself. If you don't feel like yellow squash is something for your kids try pureeing and adding it to soup. I pureed some in tomato soup (both extra from the garden) and we really loved the taste.

**If you don't think kids will eat vegetables, try introducing them to these recipes. Remember it takes 6-10 times of seeing a vegetable before children might try a bite. See this post on training children's taste buds.

A summer squash has a strong resemblance, in flavor and texture, to a zucchini. You can substitute zucchini in this recipe, but cut some of the cooking time off as zucchini is softer than yellow squash.

Ingredients: 
1 medium summer/yellow squash
2 eggs
1 ½ Cups breadcrumbs (try panko breadcrumbs for a crunchier texture)
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon mustard power
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

How to Make It: 
Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease a large baking sheet with olive oil and set aside. Cut your summer squash into wedges. Remove the seeds if they are quite large and set wedges aside.

Whisk the eggs in a dish and set aside. In another dish, combine the bread crumbs, paprika, mustard powder and salt and pepper. Start by dipping the wedges, one by one, into the egg mixture and then the bread crumb mixture.

Place each wedge on the greased baking sheet. Continue until all the wedges are done. You can bake the wedges as is for about 30-40 minutes (until soft inside and golden brown on the outside) as is, but if you want a more golden texture, drizzle or spray some olive oil on top of the wedges. Flip half way through baking.

Serve with ranch or another favorite dip.

Do your kids love veggies?

Read more about zucchini facts and recipes to try.

 
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Eat Good Food


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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Vegetable Recipe Series-Grilled Eggplant

We are starting a series on fresh vegetables recipes. If you don't think kids will eat vegetables, try introducing them to these recipes. Remember it takes 6-10 times of seeing a vegetable before children might try a bite.
See this post on training children's taste buds.

Fresh herbs are best with this recipe, if not available use a pinch of dried herbs.
*** Let kids grow their own fresh herbs in an herb garden or pot in the windowsill.

Ingredients: 
1 eggplant
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 cloves minced garlic
¼ cup fresh basil, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh dill, finely chopped
¼ cup fresh oregano, finely chopped
Salt and pepper


How to Make It: 
Cut the eggplant into slices and salt them lightly. Let them sit for about 15 minutes, so the salt can bring out the moisture of the pieces. Wipe them dry with a bit of paper towel.

Meanwhile, combine the oil, vinegar, garlic herbs, salt and pepper. Let site to absorb the flavors for about 15 minutes.
herb and oil mixture
Brush eggplant with oil and herb mixture all over, ensuring that the herbs get distributed well. Place on a lightly greased grill and grill for about 15-20 minutes, flipping half way through.

Do your kids love veggies?


 
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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Use fresh ingredients

Cooking is all about using fresh ingredients to create wonderful dishes.  It really can be that easy!

Here are five pages filled with recipes for fresh fruit and vegetables:
Pumpkin Recipes
Apple Recipes
Spinach recipes
Peach Recipes
Salad Recipes

 
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How to keep brown sugar soft!


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