Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Walnut Crusted Chicken and Caper Pasta

Recipe by Izzibel

Ingredients:
1 cup crushed walnuts
2 cups bread crumbs
1 pound chicken breast
4 egg whites
7 Tablespoons cream
1 clove crushed garlic
5 Tablespoons shredded mozzarella
1 box angel hair pasta
3 Tablespoons capers, optional

Directions:
1. Mix walnuts and bread crumbs in a bowl
2. Mix egg whites and 2 Tablespoons cream with a whisk
3. Trim fat off chicken
4. Move chicken to breadcrumbs and coat.
5. Put chicken on a greased pan and bake at 350 for one hour
6. Mix remaining cream, garlic, and cheese in a pan until cheese is melted and the mixture thickens
7. Cook pasta
8. Remove chicken and cut into small pieces
9. Add chicken pasta, and capers to the cream sauce and mix for 8-10 minutes
10. Enjoy! (add basil as a topping for extra flavors!)
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Jell-O Shaved Ice

Recipe by Kate

You will need:
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 2 cups of sprite or similar soda 
- 1/4 serving size of any flavor of jello 

First, you will put your jello mix and boiling water in a square cake pan and whisk until the jello mix has dissolved. 

Then, mix in the the soda. Next, freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight. 

Finally, with an ice cream scooper to shave the ice off and Enjoy 

Find more summer recipes here.


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer Beverages

Strawberry Lemonade

recipe by Faith
3 strawberries diced (You can put more if you want more fruit taste)
Sugar to taste
Recipe by Faith                
Cup of Water
2 teaspoons of lemon juice

First you take a cup of water and put it in a mini blender... then and lemon juice, strawberries, and sugar. Blend it up and put it in a cup. Drink up!!!












Watermelon Madness

recipe by Nina
2 C. chopped seedless watermelon
1/4 C milk
2 C ice cubes
1/4tsp vanilla extract

Blend together until smooth.
Add a mint sprig on top for a garnish.







Lemon Lime Smoothie

recipe by Miranda
Ingredients:

1 banana
1 lime
1/2 lemon
1/2 Cup plain yogurt
1/2 Cup diet 7UP
1 Cup ice cubes

Directions:
1. Cut lemon and lime in half and remove seeds.
2. Squeeze lemon juice and lime juice into cups.
3. Peel then slice bananas.
4. Combine all ingredients in blender.
5. Blend until smooth.

Adapted from jacolynmurphy.com


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Chocolate Dipped Cones

A great way to serve ice cream is in a chocolate dipped cone.

Place a 1/2 Cup of semisweet chocolate pieces in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate at 70 percent power or medium high heat for 1 minute. Stir and continue microwaving for 1 to 3 minutes or until the chocolate is smooth.

Dip the cones into the melted chocolate about 1/3 of the way up the cone.

If the chocolate is too thick, stir in 1 teaspoon of melted shortening. If desired sprinkle with crushed oreos, sprinkles etc while still wet.

Place the cones top side down on wax paper until the chocolate is set.

Make your own homemade ice cream to put in your cones!




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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

French Toast Recipes

Baked French Toast

8 slices white bread, crust removed and cubed
1/2 lb. cream cheese, cubed
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped
6 large eggs
1 C of whole milk
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

How to Make It:

Set the oven temperature to 375 and allow the oven to preheat.
Layer half of the bread cubes into a deep 8X8 casserole dish.
Spread the cheese cubes evenly over the bread.
Scatter the apple over the cheese.
Layer the remaining bread cubes over the top being sure they go to the edges of the dish.
Break the eggs into a mixing bowl.
Pour in the milk and sprinkle in the cinnamon.
Whisk until well blended.
Pour the egg mixture over the top of the casserole.
Bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes or until the eggs are set.

Makes 6 servings


Honey Orange French Toast

3 tbsp of butter, melted
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
1/2 C of orange juice
8 slices of bread

Preset the oven temperature to 400 degrees.
Spray a baking dish well with a nonstick cooking spray.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, honey and cinnamon.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan, spreading it out to coat the bottom completely.
Place the eggs and orange juice into a shallow bowl and blend together well.
Soak the bread slices in the egg mixture well and place into the prepared baking pan.
Bake 15 minutes or until a golden brown.

Makes 4 servings



 

 More Resources:

French Toast kids cooking party - with a basic French Toast recipe and Homemade maple syrup recipe
Peach Overnight French Toast Recipe


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Once a week cooking ideas

With once a week cooking you will be able to prepare a batch of different foods and enjoy them later. This does not mean you will eat the same foods every day, as some believe because you can prepare whatever you want.

Once a week cooking will save your time, money, and bring you a week without stress in the kitchen.
Before you start, you should have a plan. Planning once a week is the first thing you have to do. You need to put a list and a weekly grocery list together. This will be your starting point. Once you have your ingredients you can start cooking.


How to Prep for Once a Week Cooking

Prep your fridge to help you through the week. Cut vegetables ready for snacking, fresh lettuce ready for salads, fruit ready accessible is great to have on hand all week. You can even prep ahead pasta or rice so you can pull it out and add a sauce or create fried rice faster. Then prepare a few favorite recipes to use during the week.

These recipes are great for leftovers to use through the week.

Chicken Black Bean Chili

Serving: 6
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Ingredients:
4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
40 oz. tomato sauce
30 oz. black beans, drained and rinsed
2 diced shallots
2 teaspoons garlic powder
4 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss to coat chicken well.
Freezing method:
Place ingredients in a zip-lock bag and shake once again to coat the chicken.
Set in the freezer and keep until ready to use.
Cooking method:
Set the chicken in the refrigerator overnight to thaw.
Place all ingredients in the large pot or saucepan and cook for 30 minutes.
Serve while still hot.

Seafood Chowder

Serves: 6
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Reheating time: 25 minutes
Ingredients:
3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
4 cups chicken or fish stock
1 ½ cup corn kernels
1 ¼ lb. marinara seafood mix
1 cup thickened cream
2 tablespoons chopped chives
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Fresh ground salt and pepper –to taste

Directions:
Place potatoes, carrot, stock, and celery in a large pan.
Cover and bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat and using a hand blender, mix until smooth.
Add corn kernels to the soup and simmer again for 10 minutes.
Reduce the heat and add seafood mix and cream.
Stir and cook, without boiling for 5 minutes or until seafood is cooked.
Season to taste and add chives and parsley.
Set aside to cool.
Freezing method:
Pour the cooled chowder in airtight container and place in the freezer; keep until ready to use.
Reheating method:
Place the airtight container in the bowl filled with hot water.
Transfer the chowder to the pot and heat over medium heat.
Stir the stew, gently to distribute heat evenly, but do not press because you may break the seafood and end up with the mush.
Bring stew to boil (you will need 25 minutes) and remove from the heat.
Serve immediately.

Roast Chicken Recipe

Try this roast chicken recipe and then recreate  different meals through the week such as a chicken salad, chicken sandwiches or chicken casserole.


More Resources

Freezer Meals- stock up your freezer for easy meals throughout the week
Leftover Recipes- recreate meals all week using your leftovers



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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Cookie sheet one-pan dinner recipes

Cookie sheet one-pan recipes are so easy to make. By easy we do not only mean the time preparation, cooking technique, but also the entire cleaning process. These dinner options are perfect for time-strapped parents who want a healthy, delicious, and nutritious meal, but without spending the entire day at the kitchen counter and sink.

This method of food preparation will get the food on the table fast but also make the cleaning process easy since it allows to make a side dish and main course in the same pan.


This method has other benefits including healthy cooking and care-free cooking. By the healthy cooking we mean oven baked foods that do not require the use of too much oil, or deep frying and the care-free cooking simply means you can pop the foods in the oven and let the oven do the job.

With the following recipes, you will see how using a cookie sheet for one-pan cooking is easy and simple to pull off. Since it requires a minimum of preparation you can involve your kids in the cooking process. You can do the harder thinks like chopping the vegetables or slicing the meat, but the kids can combine all ingredients in a cookie sheet.

Parmesan Chicken

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon celery flakes
4 chicken breast fillets, skinless, boneless
2 eggs
2 cups marinara sauce
4 slices Gouda cheese
¼ cup grated parmesan
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Heat oven to 400F and grease cookie sheet pan with cooking oil.
In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs with basil, garlic powder, and celery flakes.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour with salt and pepper.
Beat the eggs in a third bowl with salt and pepper.
Coat the chicken with flour, dip into eggs, and finally dredge through breadcrumbs.
Place the chicken into prepared cookie sheet pan and gently spray with cooking oil.
Add sliced potatoes, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, or other vegetables you'd like to go with the chicken.
Bake the chicken for 15 minutes. Remove the chicken and top with marinara sauce, Gouda cheese, and parmesan.
Continue baking for 10 minutes more.


Cookie Sheet English Breakfast

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:
7oz. smoked sausages, mini
4 thick slices bacon
4 eggs
1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Toasted bread slices, o serve with

Directions:
 Heat oven to 425F and grease cookie sheet.
Arrange the sausages and bacon onto cookie sheet. If you are using large sausages, you can cut in half.
Bake for 15 minutes and remove from the oven. Make room for the eggs and crack the eggs directly over the cookie sheet.
Toss in the tomatoes and sprinkle with dried basil, salt, and pepper. For some extra flavor, you can add a pinch of chili powder or curry powder.
Continue baking for 6-8 minutes or until the eggs are set.
Serve with toasted bread and some pickles.


Cookie Sheet Frittata Squares

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients:
12 eggs
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 cup shaved asparagus
½ cup sliced mushrooms
6 slices pancetta
½ cup cream cheese
¼ cup grated parmesan
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
In a bowl, whisk the eggs with heavy cream, salt, and pepper.
Stir in the asparagus and mushrooms.
Place the pancetta onto cookie sheet, in slices or chopped.
Pour over the egg mixture and dot with cream cheese.
Bake the frittata for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with parmesan. Bake further for 5 minutes.
Remove frittata from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Cut into squares and serve.


More easy dinner ideas




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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Fun Recipes to Make With Your Kids

Cooking with your kids is one of those great things you can do to spend some quality time together. During this process, you will teach your kids basics of cooking, help them increase confidence, show your love while having some fun together.

Your cooking lessons should not be rigid but instead filled with creativity and laughter. Do not expect perfect results and if something goes completely wrong explain that sometimes accidents happen.

When cooking with your kids the most important thing is to let them get creative and do not hinder with traditional culinary rules. Maybe during this process, you will too learn something new.

Here are some very easy, but delicious meals you can prepare with your kids. Each recipe will allow your kid to express creativity and show certain skills.

Simple Pizzas

This pizza is not made with classic pizza dough, but instead already baked crusty Italian rolls. Other substitutes for the rolls, could be bagels or bread slices. During this cooking adventure. you will be able to teach your child how to prepare a simple yet delicious pizza.

You will also have the chance to learn what your kid loves. This is a great chance to talk, bond, and learn a lot about each other.
Preparation time:
Cooking time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4
Ingredients:
2 crusty Italian rolls
½ lb. Mozzarella cheese, torn into pieces
1 cup marinara sauce
¼ cup grated parmesan
Toppings by choice: pepperoni slices, olives, caramelized onion, pineapple, tomatoes etc.

Directions:
Heat oven to 375F.
Cut the Italian rolls in half by length and place on a baking sheet.
Allow your kid to spread marinara sauce over the halved rolls.
Next, begin topping the bagels with favorite topping.
Bake the pizzas for 10 minutes. Increase heat to 425F and bake for 2 minutes more.
Serve while still hot.

Colorful Jar Turkey Salad

We all know how kids can be picky when eating, especially when you serve them veggies. Very often we end up by begging them to eat their veggies. Would you believe that there is a more simple way to talk the kids into eating vegetables?

Instead of serving them already prepared salad, invite your kids into the kitchen and prepare one together. During this process, kids will have a chance to choose favorite ingredients and create their own dressing. You can explain the benefits of each vegetable or fruit you are choosing for the salad. This way the kids will learn the benefits of consuming fresh vegetables and fruits and adopt healthy habits.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Ingredients:
1 cup turkey deli ham (kids can snip with scissors)
½ apple, diced and tossed with some lemon juice – to prevent browning
2 tablespoons celery, diced
¼ cup cucumber, seeded and diced
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped
½ cup cooked chickpeas
2 tablespoons dried cherries
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
2 tablespoons water
Juice of ½ lemon
½ cup fresh peas
2 mint leaves, chopped
Salt and pepper

Directions:
Place the peas, water, mint, lemon juice, salt and pepper in food blender; process until smooth and divide evenly between two standard Mason jars.
Top the peas dressing with shredded turkey, chickpeas, cucumber, celery, dry cherries, apples, tomatoes, and chives, dividing all between the jars.
Shake well or stir before serving.

More Salad in a Jar Ideas

Sweet Quesadillas

Sweets are something kids enjoy the most. Making sweets does not have to take too much of your time with these sweet quesadillas.

This recipe allows you to play with ingredients, and with an easy swap of ingredients, you can prepare different combos. Again, you need to let your kid be creative, and who knows, maybe they will create something new and exciting.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 3 minutes

Servings:
Ingredients:
2 8-inch whole wheat tortillas
4 tablespoons smooth peanut butter*
1 large banana, sliced*
2 tablespoons chocolate chips*

Ingredients:
Place the tortilla in front of you and spread over the peanut butter.
Place the banana slices at one-half of the tortilla and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
Fold in half and cook quesadilla in a non-stick skillet until crispy on both sides.
Cut in half and serve.
*Instead peanut butter you can use: almond butter, hazelnut spread, pistachio spread
*Instead banana you can use: sliced apricot, strawberries, or raspberries.
*Instead chocolate chips you can use: white chocolate chips, carob chips, caramel chips



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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Amazing Pancake Recipes

Pancakes your Kids will Love

There is nothing better than warm pancakes in the morning. Kids simply adore pancakes, but they are not the only one. Most adults love them too, especially those with rich fillings or creams.

We are bringing you some of the most delicious pancake recipes your kids will simply adore.

Banana Pancakes

Dairy-free pancakes for kids with dairy allergies. So simple to make, yet quite delicious.
Serves: 5 pancakes
Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda, aluminum-free
½ tablespoon chia seeds, ground
½ tablespoon water
1 cup almond milk
½ cup sparkling water
¾ cup blueberries, fresh
1 banana

Directions:
Combine the water and chia seeds in a bowl; place aside.
In a large bowl combine the wheat flour, baking soda, and chia seeds mix.
Mash the banana in a separate bowl. Stir in the soy milk and sparkling water; mix until smooth. Fold the mixture into the flour mix and stir to combine.
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat; pour ¼ cup batter into skillet and flatten with the back of the spoon. Sprinkle with blueberries and cook until bubbles appear. Flip and cook for 1-2 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.
Serve the pancakes while still hot.

Cocoa Pancakes

Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy free pancakes for kids with food allergies, but also for all those who enjoy the rich cocoa flavor.
Serves: 2
Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:
3 tablespoons raw cocoa
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
3 eggs
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 bananas, mashed

Directions:
Place the banana mash in food blender; add eggs and pulse until smooth.
Add cocoa powder, sugar, and coconut oil; process until blended thoroughly.
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3-4 tablespoons of batter into skillet and cook for 4 minutes. Flip and cook for 2 minutes more.
Serve after.
NOTE: Instead cacao you can use melted chocolate. In that case add 1 ½ tablespoons flour.

Allergy-Free Red Velvet Pancakes

Red velvet pancakes made with natural ingredients and without food coloring. Instead, we are using beetroot puree for a healthy breakfast option.
Serving: 4
Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:
½ cup coconut flour + 1 tablespoon
4 eggs
2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons raw beetroot puree
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon raw honey
2 tablespoons coconut milk

For the glaze:
1 can full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated for 6 hours
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoons raw honey

Directions:
Coconut cream:
Open the can and scrape out the cream to the medium bowl.
Add the cinnamon, vanilla, and raw honey.
Whip the cream with an electric whisk, until fluffy. Set in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Preparing the pancakes:
Place all ingredients in a food processor; pulse until smooth.
Drop ¼ mixture onto heated, oiled non-stick pan and cook until bubbles appear, for 3 minutes.
Flip to other side and cook for 2 minutes more.
Serve immediately with cream on top.


Apricot Confetti Pancakes

Colorful pancakes for playful mornings. The pancakes are allergen-free, so if you have the kid suffering from celiac disease or lactose intolerant, then you should surprise your kid with these cheerful pancakes.
Servings: 4
Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:
1 cup almond flour
2 eggs
1 teaspoon honey
½ cup dried apricots, chopped
1 teaspoon grape seed oil
Small pinch of salt
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon sprinkles, colorful ones

Directions:
Whisk the eggs, flour, honey, water, and salt in a bowl until smooth.
Heat oil in non-stick skillet over medium heat.
Drop batter with a large spoon onto the skillet and sprinkle with chopped apricots and sprinkles.
Cook until bubbles form, for 3-4 minutes and carefully flip to another side; cook for 3 minutes more.
Repeat with remaining batter and apricots.
Serve while still warm.


See more breakfast recipes here.



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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Natural Egg Dye

Natural Egg Dying Ideas

Dye your eggs in boiling water, with vinegar and the item used to create the desired color, boiling both eggs and dye items together. Don’t forget to compost your dye items when you are finished dyeing your eggs.
**Keep in mind dying eggs natural will not make a bright vibrant colored egg as you would with packaged dying products.

Color Dying Ideas:

Lavender    
Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice

Violet Blue
Violet Blossoms
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins

Blue    
Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves

Purple  
Grape Juice

Green    
Spinach Leaves
Liquid Chlorophyll
Green Tea

Greenish Yellow  
Yellow Delicious Apple Peels

Yellow              
Orange or Lemon Peels
Carrot Tops
Celery Seed
Ground Cumin
Ground Turmeric
Saffron

Brown              
Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells

Orange  
Yellow Onion Skins

Pink  
Beets
Cranberries or Juice
Raspberries
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets

Red    
Lots of Red Onions Skins



Hard boiled, hollowed out, color dyed or fancier designs, anything goes when decorating your eggs for this Easter season. The only rule is to have fun.




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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Celebrate Grilled Cheese Day

Did you know there is such a celebration as National Grilled Cheese Day? There is!

Simple Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Creating a simple grilled cheese sandwich is as easy as placing cheese between two slices of bread. Buttering the tops and toasting it. It makes for a great kids recipe, whether you are using a skillet or a toaster oven.



Here are some variations for you to create this famous comfort food.

Ham and Cheese Panini

Deluxe Grilled Cheese

Monte Cristo Sandwich-Learn how to make a monte cristo sandwich.


Grilled Cheese Tomato & Avocado -Add a yummy twist to a grilled cheese sandwich with this recipe from Zestyolive.com






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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Edible Fishes in the Ocean Craft

Cooking Crafts for Kids Series


Fishes in the Ocean

For this craft you will need:
Blue frosting
Graham cracker squares
Gummy fishes or fish crackers

How to:
Spread blue frosting over 1/2-3/4 of your graham cracker. Add fishes into the "water."

**The great thing about this craft is the fact that it allows you to teach your kid about the ocean, different types of sea creatures and do some math while counting the fishes.

Here are more under the sea cooking ideas.



Cooking crafts for kids combine two great activities, cooking, and crafts. Each of these activities will improve your kids motor skills, encourage an adventurous palate, boost confidence, while learning about different topics, how things are made, help with math, and planning.

More edible crafts here.


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Domino Cookies

Cooking Crafts for Kids Series

Domino Cookies

For this edible craft you will need:
  • rectangle shaped cookies or crackers
  • frosting or other spread
  • raisins, Mini M&M candies or other small circle candies/fruit (we used chocolate raisins)

How to:
Add a dot of spread to each end of your rectangle cookie. However many dots you want on each end. Add a line of frosting in the middle.

**Play dominoes and eat a snack as you play. It really is a simple craft that can be a lot of fun with the kids.


Cooking crafts for kids combine two great activities, cooking, and crafts. Each of these activities will improve your kids motor skills, encourage an adventurous palate, boost confidence, while learning about different topics, how things are made, help with math, and planning.

More edible crafts here.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Art Toast

Cooking Crafts for Kids Series

Art Toast

For this craft you will need:
Bread slices
Milk
Edible food coloring
Some honey, to sweeten up the things
How to:
Place some milk in a few cups. Add few drops of edible color in the milk, a different color for each cup.
Dip kitchen brushes in the prepared color and let the kids make a rainbow over the toast. They can either color the entire bread slice or make a favorite image. Just pretend the bread is an empty canvas.
Once done and when the kid is happy with the design, toast the bread.
Drizzle the toast with honey and serve.
This craft allows your kid to show his artistic side. With this craft, you can teach your kids about colors and how mixing can produce a new color, like blue and yellow, makes green.


Cooking crafts for kids combine two great activities, cooking, and crafts. Each of these activities will improve your kids motor skills, encourage an adventurous palate, boost confidence, while learning about different topics, how things are made, help with math, and planning.

More edible crafts here.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rainbow Colored Noodles

Cooking Crafts for Kids Series

Rainbow Colored Noodles

Ingredients  
1 pkg spaghetti noodles
Food Coloring
2 Tbsp. water  

Method:
1. First, lay out all materials and items listed above on the table or your work area.


2. Cook the noodles according to the packages instructions.


3. Add 20 drops of food coloring and 2 Tablespoons of water in a large Ziploc bag.


4. Drain the noodles and place the noodles into the Ziploc bag.


5. Seal the bag and mix until well combined.


6. Let it sit for 1 minute. 


7. Repeat until you have all the colors you want.


8. Place each batch into the strainer and rinse with cold water.


9. Mix the colors together and have fun.



***Instead of food coloring you can use natural sources, like beets juice, carrot puree, green tea, or some other you are familiar with.


Here are more edible craft projects for kids

More Rainbow Theme Food Ideas


St Patrick's Day Fun! 



 
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Chocolate Edible Bowl

Cooking Crafts for Kids Series


Ingredients and Materials Needed:
2 Cups Chocolate Chips
Balloons
Baking sheet
Saucepan
Wax paper
1 Cup

Method:
1. First, lay out all materials and items listed above on the table or your work
area.
2. Lay wax paper on your baking sheet.
3. Clean, dry and blow up your balloons.
4. Blow up your balloons so the bottom is the shape you want your bowl to
be.
5. In a saucepan, add 2 cups of chocolate chips.
6. Stir until completely melted.
7. Place a small amount of melted chocolate on the wax paper. This is the
base of your bowl.
8. One at a time dip your balloons in the chocolate.
9. If wanted dip it into sprinkles, crushed cookies, etc
10. If the chocolate turns hard heat it on the stove again
11. Place your balloons on your wax paper.
12. Once you have done all your balloons let it sit overnight or put it in the
fridge for 10 minutes.
13. Cut the top of the balloon.
14. Carefully peel the balloon off once deflated. Fill your bowl as desired.



Cooking crafts for kids combine two great activities, cooking, and crafts. Each of these activities will improve your kids motor skills, encourage an adventurous palate, boost confidence, while learning about different topics, how things are made, help with math, and planning.
More edible crafts here.



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Thursday, March 2, 2017

6 Ways Playing With Your Food Can Lead to Healthier Eating

While growing up, most of us have been told not to play with our food, but researchers at De Montfort University in Leicester discovered that when kids play with their food they’re more likely to eat it. Not only does transforming food into culinary masterpieces makes food fun and exciting to eat for kids, but parents also enjoy seeing their child eat more fruits and veggies.


Although most kids are experts at playing with food, just in case you’re looking for a few structured and fun ideas to get started with “food play”, I’ve listed some of my favorites.


1.  Turn Ordinary Foods into a  Funny Face.

Use a plate for a round face then add your favorite foods to build the face. Olives and grapes make great eyes while carrots are perfect for noses. The red hue of watermelons and tomatoes make for perfect mouths and broccoli and cauliflower are perfect for hair.


2.  Cut Your Food Into Fun Shapes.
Who says cookie cutters can only be used for cookies? They can be used to make fun shapes with whole grain bread, pizza, deli meat, cheese, and even fried eggs!

3.  Go 3-D.
Food doesn’t need to be flat. Use toothpicks to link carrot sticks, celery stalks, or gluten free pretzel sticks to build things! By adding more dimensions to your food, you’ll awaken the creativity in even the pickiest of eaters.

4.   Play Games.
Use thin strips of almost any vegetable to create a game board. Nitrate free pepperoni, sliced boiled eggs, and cherry tomatoes all make fantastic game pieces.

5.  Think “inside” of the box.
Join a monthly subscription box service and get culinary activities delivered to your door. My favorite, is the one I founded to inspire kid chefs and kids learning to cook called kifoodie. Inside every kifoodie Experience Box, kids get kitchen gadgets, non-perishable foods and activities designed to inspired kids to invent culinary masterpieces again and again!

6. Squash, Pound and Mash.
Whether it’s wondering what the inside of a blueberry looks like or wishing you could see how a carrot would respond if it was darted with your finger, kids are curious!  Feed into the curiosity by letting them use their fingers to squash, a fork to mash and a bag to pound their fruits and veggies. Then use their “puree” for smoothies, as a jam over toast or the key ingredient for freshly baked bread. By letting kids explore different textures of food, you’ll encourage the little scientist and foodie within.



Written by Kim Young, founder of kifoodie
kifoodie is a monthly subscription box designed to inspire kid chefs and kids learning to cook.  At kifoodie Experience Boxes are packed with 2-4 kitchen gadgets and products, an amazing culinary activity (with a healthy twist), recipe, shopping list, badge and a mystery bag of 3-5 artisan treats and snacks hand-picked to inspire the kid foodie and kids learning to cook. Visit www.kifoodie.com now to learn more about these monthly experiences shipped right to your home.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fully loaded salads for dinner

When talking about salads, the majority of people see them only as a side dish and nothing beyond. Many of us feel that salads will not fill us up and no one wants to be hungry. As a matter of fact, some folks see salads as a great way to lose weight, since they believe salads are light food in general.

Well, they are right; salads made of green salad, cabbage, or arugula are tasty, but will not fill you up for a longer time. When combined with some other ingredients salads can become a real powerhouse and source of not only vitamins, and minerals, but also proteins and carbs. The great thing about salads is that they are fairly simple to make, they will not cost a fortune, they allow you to be creative and combine complex flavors.


Salads do not only have to be a side dish, but can become a great meal too.

Green Turkey Salad

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients:
6oz. turkey or chicken meat, sliced
2 cups arugula
1 cup baby spinach
¼ cup pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and/or pomegranate seeds
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the dressing:
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground pepper
1 tablespoon raw cider vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard

Directions:
Grill the turkey; season the turkey with salt and pepper. Coat the grill pan with cooking oil and grill the turkey for 4 minutes per side. Tent with aluminum foil and place aside for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes slice the turkey meat into strips.
Prepare the dressing: in a mini blender combine all the dressing ingredients.
Blend until smooth.
Prepare the salad: toss the grilled turkey, arugula, baby spinach, pumpkin seeds, and avocado in a bowl.
Pour over prepared dressing and toss gently. Serve immediately.

Chicken and Blackberry Salad

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Ingredients:
14oz. chicken breasts, grilled and shredded (you can also use leftovers)
½ cup artichoke hearts, canned, rinsed, drained and sliced
2oz. olives, pitted
5oz. blackberries
1 tablespoon blackberry vinegar
7oz. lettuce
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:
Wash lettuce and place aside to dry, torn into bite-size pieces and place in a bowl.
Drain and slice the artichoke hearts and spread over salad, followed by shredded chicken.
Add olives and raspberries. Drizzle all with blackberry vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil, toss to combine and serve.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

20 One Pot Kid Friendly Dinner Recipes

Kid Friendly One Pot Meals

One pot meals offer you the pleasure of home cooking assembled with minimal fuss and cleanup.

They combine various ingredients, therefore allowing you diversity in cooking, while keeping things simple. Hence its name, one-pot meals require actually just one pot. Yes, you will need some knives, spatulas, or cutting board, but when speaking about the pots, you really need just one.

One-pot meals are great way to get kids to try new foods. Kids can try a new food mixed with old favorites. They allow you also to reconstruct some classic meals and give them a new and exciting twist your kids just might love.

Kid Friendly Burrito Bowls

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

½ tablespoon olive oil

1 small sweet onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded, chopped

¾ lb. lean hamburger

7oz. corn

7oz. can black beans, drained, rinsed

7oz. can crushed tomatoes

¼ cup mild chunky salsa

½ cup Jasmine rice

1 cup chicken stock

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon Taco seasoning

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper, to taste
Sour cream, to serve with, tortilla chips, or chopped cilantro

Directions:
1.       Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the bell pepper and onion and cook until tender.
2.       Add the hamburger and cook until browned, for 5 minutes.
3.       Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a light boil. Reduce heat and cook, partially covered for 20 minutes or until the rice is done.
4.       Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, or cilantro.



One Pot Chicken and Rice

Preparation time:5 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Ingredients:

1.5lb. chicken breasts, skinless, boneless

2 cups marinara sauce

1 cup long grain rice or brown rice

15oz. can crushed tomatoes, with juices
1 teaspoon dried basil

Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup mozzarella, torn into pieces

Directions:

1.       Heat the oven to 375F.
2.       Combine the marinara sauce, rice, tomatoes, and basil in a baking dish.
3.       Slice the chicken breast into chunks and season with salt and pepper.
4.       Arrange the chicken onto rice. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and pop in the oven.
5.       Bake the chicken for 35-40 minutes.
6.       Remove the chicken from the oven and top with mozzarella cheese.
7.       Broil the chicken for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
8.       Serve while still hot with some fresh salad.


More One Pot Meal Recipes

Jambalaya
Beef Stroganoff
Chili Mac Supper
Fajitas
Sloppy Joes 
Chicken Curry
Chicken Picatta
General Tso Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken
Pork Fried Rice
Sweet and Sour Pork
Franks and Beans
Garlic Sauce Pasta
Red Beans and Rice
Beef Stew
Ham and Macaroni Chowder
Tortellini and Peas
Beef and Broccoli
Sweet Potato Burritos



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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Celebration of Chocolate Month- Recipe Round Up

February is not only the month to celebrate love it is the Celebration of Chocolate Month. You can find 100's of chocolate recipes to enjoy this month. You could probably even find a new one to try each day of the month if you wanted.

Here are some of our top chocolate recipe picks to dig in and enjoy.

Chocolate Recipe Round Up

Start with a little lesson on how chocolate is made. 



Dark Chocolate Brownie -a super moist brownie recipe you are sure to love!


Decadent Tuxedo Cookie Bars- A homemade cookie bar with some added goodness!


Learn how to make homemade chocolates- with candy melts and plastic molds even the kids can  make these homemade Valentines.

Chocolate Protein Peanut Butter Balls- A no bake treat great for kids afterschool snacks, cooking classes or an easy Valentine recipe.


Try this gluten free brownie, you'll never know what you're missing! Flourless Chocolate Brownies.

These little balls are filled with some amazing awesomeness; white chocolate, pistachios, cranberry! White Chocolate Cranberry Snowflakes

This just makes me want it to snow outside or at least get cold enough to enjoy a nice cup of cocoa. The kids will love making this creation. Triple Hot Chocolate with Homemade Whipped Cream!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding Cups- a good way to sneak in some goodness that you'll kids will never know.

A three ingredient recipe that you won't believe how good it is! Bacon Chocolate Truffles

An easy homemade chocolate cake recipe, what's not to love.

A perfect 5 ingredient recipe for the kids that they will love. Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

 Chocolate Avocado Mousse- made with 6 ingredients including avocado and coconut milk. Surprise the kids how good this is!


Make homemade fudge


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