Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Apple Cheddar Cream Soup  

Apple Cheddar Cream Soup 
2 tablespoons canola oil
3 apples, peeled, cored and diced
1 potato, peeled and diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1/2 onion grated or chopped finely
5 Cups chicken broth
4 Cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup milk
dash of nutmeg
dash of pepper
*top with bacon, optional

Directions:
In soup pot, heat oil. Sauté apples, potato, celery and onion.

Cook about 5 minutes. Add in chicken broth. Puree in blender.(If your kids like a chunky soup, don't blend)

Pour back into soup pot. Add cheese and milk. Stir until cheese melts on medium-low heat. Add nutmeg and pepper. Heat through and serve.


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Candy Bar Cake

Candy Bar Cake

1/3 cup butter
1 yellow cake mix
3 cups mini marshmallows
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups peanut butter chips
2 cups salted peanuts
1 ½ cups crisp rice cereal
¼ cup butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cake mix, butter, and egg together and press into the bottom of a 9x13 cake pan. It will be a crumbly crust so just pat down evenly. Bake 12-18 minutes in preheated oven. Meanwhile, measure marshmallows and set aside. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt together 1/4 cup butter, light corn syrup, vanilla, and peanut butter chips. Keep warm.

After crust has baked, remove from oven and sprinkle with the miniature marshmallows. Place back in the oven for a few minutes until the marshmallows begin to puff up. Once your marshmallows puff up take out of oven. Take your saucepan off the heat and stir in crisp rice cereal and salted peanuts. Pour peanut butter and cereal mixture over crust and marshmallows in pan. Spread evenly.

See more cake recipes and ideas here.





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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Food Garnishing Ideas

Add a little flair to your meals with a little garnish

Did you know the way you present your food on a plate and even the colors on the plate make the food you serve more appealing to eat? When you are plating your food or presenting it on a platter, keep an eye on color. You'll see in a restaurant little additions of lemon wedges or green garnishes to add color to your plate.

Here are some quick ideas:
  • Garnish soup with toppings such as chopped avocado, sliced almonds or add a swirl of cream or sour cream to the top before serving.
  • Sprinkle baked goods with chopped nuts or streusel topping before baking. 
  • Add powdered sugar to baked goods after they come out of the oven. You can do this by sprinkling sugar with your fingers or using a sugar shaker.
  • Add chopped fresh herbs to soup or salads
  • Add a sliced lemon or lime to a drink.
  • Cut fruit or vegetables into flowers. You can get really fancy by learning how to cut flowers out of radishes, carrots and tomatoes.
  • Add a fruit kabob to a smoothie or milkshake by adding sliced fruit to a skewer or long toothpick.
  • Some fruit shells can be used as a bowl. Scrap or cut the fruit out and use as a serving bowl. Watermelon is often used as a serving bowl but don't forget even oranges can be mini sized serving dishes. Try coconuts, pineapples, lemons or limes.
  • Serve dips or condiments in hollowed out colored peppers.
  • Add fresh sliced fruit. Not only does fruit add a little more nutrition, they are colorful and they can easily be added on the side of your plate or decorated in a flower shape or whatever you choose
  • Add chocolate curls to cakes, cream pies or milkshakes. These are easily formed by using a grater on a candy bar.
Experiment with radish roses or carrot curls is a fun way to garnish also.


**Always have an adult supervision with anything that requires knife skills.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sweet and Savory Crepe Recipes

Basic Crepe Recipe

Recipe by Noma
1 cup plain flour
1 cup water
1 tsp baking powder
1 T. custard powder ( optional)
1 T. sugar
1 egg
Pinch salt

Method:
Mix flour, sugar, salt and custard powder in a jug.
Whisk the water and add together, then add into the dry ingredients.
Leave for about an hour.
Then lightly grease a pan and cook the pan cakes.

Bon appetit!

Chicken Crepes



2 Cups chicken, diced or rotisserie chicken shredded
1 onion, chopped finely or grated
1 carrot, diced finely

Saute all ingredients in a frying pan until chicken is cooked through and onion and carrots are soft.
Place chicken filling inside a cooked crepe and serve with or without a white sauce.


Berry Dessert Crepes

Wash and slice berries set aside. Prepare crepes and top with fruit. Drizzle with Nutella or chocolate sauce. Top with whip cream.


See more help for making homemade crepes on these pages:

How to make crepes

Crepes kids cooking party

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

10 Safety Tips when Cooking with Kids

We can all agree that our kids can benefit from spending some quality time with us parents. This is why you have to engage in activities that you can do together. One of the best activities that you can do is cooking. It’s engaging, fun and interesting. As a bonus, it can help teach them how to be responsible.

Speaking of being responsible, it’s your responsibility as an adult to ensure their safety. Cooking can be a dangerous activity especially for kids. You don’t have to worry though because it can be a very safe activity if you’re going to follow these safety tips.

Kitchen Safety Tips

Here are 10 tips to follow to ensure their safety in this activity:
  1. Ensure that there’s adult supervision all the time.

    Even as an adult, you know that all it takes is a second for you to get into a kitchen accident. This is why you have to make sure that you have eyes on the kids all the time while they’re in the kitchen. Make sure that you know what they’re doing and that you can see that they’re doing it right. The supervising adult will also ensure that the kids are following the rest of the safety tips in this article.

    As an additional note, make sure that you let the kids know that they need permission from an adult before they start working in the kitchen. This way, they’re not going to start working in the kitchen without an adult’s approval and guidance.


  2. Teach the kids the importance of washing their hands.

    This is very basic. Germs are all over the kitchen even if you clean it all the time. This shouldn’t discourage you from letting your kids work in the kitchen. You just should make sure that they wash their hands before, during and after working in the kitchen.

    If they resist, just tell them the germs that they’re touching and that if they want to eat food that have these germs in it. That should encourage them to wash their hands.

    You should also teach them about cross-contamination especially when dealing with raw chicken and food in general.

  3. Unless they’re old and skilled enough, don’t let them use knives by themselves.

    There are a lot of things that kids can do in the kitchen. Using knives, unless they’re old and skilled enough, should be left to an adult. The adults should do the slicing, cutting and chopping. To keep the kids engaged, you can let them watch. Of course, you should reiterate the importance of not playing with knives.

    You can teach your kids how to use knives safely. You can start them young. You can start by using those plastic knives that are used by restaurants for to-go orders. There are also plastic knives that are kid-friendly. Just make sure that you provide guidance.

    When they’re old and skilled enough, that’s when they can start using real knives. Of course, still with your guidance.

    There’s really no specific age when you can say that it’s safe for them to handle knives. You can’t say that they can handle knives when they’re 7, 8 or 15 years old. When they’re ready, they’re ready, and only you can tell. Of course, the more practice they have, the earlier they can be ready.
  4. See our lesson on knife safety here.

  5. Place pots and pans on top of the stove in such a way that the handle is facing away.

    This can help avoid accidents. If the handle is facing outwards towards you and the kids, you or the kids can easily bump into the handle and this can lead to a disaster. Kids may also be tempted to grab the handle.


  6. Clean as you go.

    This is more of a tip for the adults. By cleaning as you go, you’ll lessen the chance of an accident in the kitchen. If you spilled liquid on the floor, clean it up immediately so that the kids won’t slip.

    By cleaning as you go, you will also make the kitchen more organized. This can lead to a safer kitchen. For example, by cleaning and storing the knives properly after use, you’ll lessen the chance of kids accidentally grabbing the sharp knives.


  7. Establish a rule wherein they should ask first before they taste something.

    Kids have this tendency to taste anything and everything. Untrained kids will lick anything off of their fingers or spoons that they’ve been using while prepping meals. You should establish and enforce a rule wherein they should ask you first if they want to lick or taste something. The last thing you’d want is for them to get salmonella.


  8. Don’t play with fire.

    This one’s obvious. They shouldn’t play with fire and this includes the oven, stove, matches and the likes. Adults should be the ones to control the fire in the kitchen until they’re old enough to understand the. Not paying sufficient attention while cooking starts an unfortunate amount of fires in the home.


  9. Always use a pot holder.

    Things can get hot in the kitchen. Ensure that kids always use a pot holder when handling hot pots and pans.

    In addition, enforce a rule wherein they should ask if they want to grab something.


  10. Educate them about the appliances.

    These appliances are electrical in nature so kids shouldn’t play with them. Teach them things like don’t touch the appliances when their hands are wet, keep the appliances away from water, and the likes.
  11. Tips on teaching kids to use appliances here.

  12. Eliminate all distractions.
    The kitchen should be a smartphone-free zone. You can’t afford to have a distracted kid just because he’s looking at his phone every 5 seconds in between cutting vegetables. Take out all distractions that also include the TV.

Set a Good Example

Your kids will follow your lead. This means that you should also practice these safety tips in the kitchen. These safety tips when cooking with kids may not mean much to you as an experienced adult, but your kids may pick up bad habits that can jeopardize their safety. Set a good example and they will emulate it.

More Kitchen Safety Help including a printable kitchen safety chart.

In our Teacher's Curriculum Set we dive more into kitchen safety, food contamination and spreading germs.

Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum



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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sweeto Frito

by Ruby (US)

1 Cup white karo syrup
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup peanut butter
1 9 oz. bag Fritos corn chips
1 Cup or 6 oz. of milk chocolate chips

Spray a 13x9 dish and pour in Fritos. In a small saucepan mix the karo and sugar - bring to just the boiling point (you just are melting the sugar), stirring frequently. Remove from heat and mix in the peanut butter. Drizzle this mixture over the Fritos, covering all of them.

Sprinkle top with chocolate chips (its good without the chocolate too if you want to leave it out -but I don't know why anyone would :) . Let cool then cut into squares, serve and enjoy!

See more Kids Dessert Ideas here.


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Apple Berry Dessert

 Apple Berry Dessert

2 Cups apples
1 Cup fresh cherries, berries or cranberries, pitted
3/4 Cup sugar
3 Tablespoons corn starch
1 Cup flour
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 Cup butter

Peel, core and cut apples in small chunks. Add to mixing bowl. Stir in fresh cherries. Add sugar and corn starch. Blend together. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and place apple mixture inside dish.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter and blend until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over the top of apple cherry mixture. Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mexican Beef Filled Potatoes

Recipe By Gina
 I am an eleven year old who loves to cook. This is a recipe I made up. Enjoy!


What is needed:
1 pound of ground beef
A bag of Yukon gold potatoes
A packages of Mexican taco seasoning or 2 Tablespoons
1/2 cup of Mexican cheese
1 carton of sour cream

How to make:
1. Set the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In the meantime turn a burner on medium and saute the ground beef. Then follow the directions on the taco seasoning package.

3.  By now the oven should be ready to put the potatoes in. Bake for about one hour or until the outside of the potatoes feel and look crispy. If you insert a fork into the potato and it is tender, it is done.

4. When the potatoes come out of the oven let cool for 5 minutes. Then cut them in half and scoop out most the inner part of each potato leaving about a half inch layer of potato. Keep the part of the potato you scoop out, you can use them to make mashed potatoes.

5. In the place where the inside of the potato used to be add a tablespoon of sour cream. Next add in as much ground beef will fit without the top overflowing. Top of the potatoes with Mexican cheese and serve.

These will taste delicious!



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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sweet topped crackers

Mango Cracker Appetizer

Recipe by Allie Yost
(Emily MN USA )


Ingredients:
Mango
Turkey or ham slices
Pepperoni slices
Honey
Ritz crackers

Directions:
Take the mango and chop it up into tiny pieces.
Mix it with the honey.
Warm it up until warm and let cool.
Spread on a cracker.
Add a slice of pepperoni but make sure that the pepperoni is cooled.
Then warm up the turkey and add to top.


 See more snack ideas here.
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Garbanzo Crunch Snack



2 cans (15 oz size) garbanzos, rinsed, drained, and dried well
2 cups small cereal squares or circles (your choice)
1 cup dried apple chunks
1 cup Craisins
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Put dried garbanzos on a large baking sheet and drizzle lightly with cooking oil (olive oil is fine.)
Bake in preheated oven, stirring around often, until the garbanzos are browned and crisp, about 15 to 20 minutes total time.
Into a large, shallow roasting pan, put the cereal, pineapple, raisins, and roasted garbanzo beans; stir to combine.
In a separate small bowl, put the honey, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, garlic powder, and chili powder; whisk well.
Evenly drizzle this mixture over the snack mix and toss to coat everything well.
Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often.
Remove and dump out onto a paper towel covered cooling rack.
Enjoy immediately or let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.


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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Delicious chocolate moon rocks

Recipe by Ella

Ingredients: 
1 Cup Milk chocolate chips
1 Cup Mini marshmallows
1/2 Cup shredded coconut

Directions:
Melt the chocolate in the microwave in a microwave safe dish. Stirring after 30 second intervals. Then fold in the marshmallows and coconut.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Using a muffin scoop, scoop into balls and place on the wax paper. Chill until set.

Enjoy the delicious balls.

**Makes 6-7 balls.

More space theme food ideas. 





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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Eggplant Lasagna Packets

Ingredients
1 lb. Italian sausage or kielbasa, cut into thin circles
1 small eggplant, cut into thin circles
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 ripe tomato, cut into circles
**Other vegetables you like such as diced peppers or mushrooms
1 tsp dried oregano
1 lb. shredded cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Set your grill to medium-high heat and preheat.**
Lay out 4 sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil.
Divide the sausage evenly between the 4 pieces of foil
Drizzle the olive oil over the eggplant pieces, tossing to coat well, then divide the pieces evenly on top of the sausage on the foil.
Top the eggplant with the tomato, then sprinkle with oregano, then top with the cheese.
Salt and pepper if desired.
Place on grill on indirect heat, close cover, and cook for 25 to 35 minutes, spinning packets at least once, or until the sausage is cooked through.
The time will vary depending on the heat of your grill.
Remove from grill and let stand for 3 to 5 minutes, then carefully open and serve.
Serves 4.

**You can also cook in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. 


More Hobo Dinner Ideas here.



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Honolulu Toast

Honolulu Toast 

Recipe by Annika
(Vanderhoof B,C)

1 Whole wheat English Muffin, Split
2 Tablespoons pizza sauce
2 Deli turkey breast slices or ham
5 oz diced pineapple, drained or pineapple rings

1/2 cup cheddar cheese

1. Place the oven rack in the center position. Turn the oven on to 205 degrees. Grease the baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the English muffin halves, cut-side up, on the baking sheet. Spread them with the pizza sauce.

2. Cover the pizza sauce with the turkey slices. Fold them if necessary to fit the muffin. Top with the pineapple pieces. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling. Turn the oven off. Remove the baking sheet to the wire rack. Let stand for 2 minutes. Serves 1.

See more kids snack ideas here.



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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Campfire Dessert Recipes

Campfire Pastries

by Cameron (USA)
When we go camping, we make these camp fire pastries using hinged molds. We put buttered slices of bread on each half of the mold, buttered side down, and put a spoonful of pie filling from a can on one half's piece of bread. Then we close the hinged mold and it gets smashed together. Then we hold it over the fire for a while like toasting a marshmallow and after a few minutes you can open up the mold and you have a hot toasty pastry pie! Really good with a little powdered sugar.

Doughnut on a Stick

by Angel Roney (Middlebrook, Mo)          
Hot and fresh over the fire!
We use cheap biscuits in a can.(Crescent dough can also be used)Start by rolling a biscuit with your hands till you get a rope. Wrap aluminum foil from the top of the stick down about 5 inches.(This will allow for the doughnut to slide off easily)

Wrap the dough rope around the aluminum foil. Cook over fire like a marshmallow. When done, roll in melted butter and then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Icing is good on these too. Enjoy! Our kids do!

Campfire dump cake

by LINDA                 
Ingredients:
1 can pineapple tid-bits
1 can cherry pie filling
1 yellow cake mix (or whatever kind you like)
1/2 cup butter cubed

Grease or spray an old pot, or a tin-foil pan to try and prevent sticking. Pour the can of pineapple tid-bits in the bottom....juice and all.
Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the pineapple. Blob the cherry pie filler around the dry cake mix.
Randomly drop the cubed butter over that.
DO NOT STIR THE LAYERS.
Cover with tin-foil. Place pot in the burned down coals of the campfire for around 30 minutes (depends on the heat of the fire).

Chocolate Fondue

by Lisa (Canada)
You need one soup can, tealight and small foil tart tin per person. The adult takes the tin can and using a bottle opener opens 3 holes around the top and the bottom of the tin. Start the tealight, then place in tin can.

Put the tart tin in the top. Add mini chocolate chips. Let the chips melt. Then use the skewer to dip strawberries, angel food cake or grapes. I make the angel food cake before I leave for camp. You can also use pound cake.


See more campfire recipes here.




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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Frozen Smores

Frozen Smores

A great summer treat that doesn't require a campfire.

3/4 cup heavy cream
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
14 or so graham crackers
1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened on microwave's defrost setting for 30 seconds
1 pint chocolate ice cream, softened on microwave's defrost setting for 30 seconds

Microwave cream and chocolate on high power until very hot, about 2 minutes. Whisk until chocolate melts into a smooth sauce.
Line an 8-inch square metal pan with plastic wrap, leaving an overhang. Arrange 1/3 of the graham crackers over bottom, cutting the final few with a knife to fit. Drizzle 1/3 of the sauce over the crackers; spread evenly. Freeze until chocolate is just set, 5 to 10 minutes.
Spread vanilla ice cream over the chocolate. Top with another cracker layer as before. Drizzle another 1/3 of the sauce over the crackers; spread evenly. Freeze until just set, 5 to 10 minutes. Spread chocolate ice cream over the crackers. Arrange a final layer of crackers over the ice cream. Spread remaining sauce over crackers.
Freeze until set, about 2 hours, or double-wrap in plastic and freeze up to 5 days.

To serve, lift dessert from pan; discard plastic wrap. Halve the dessert; cut each half into 6 slices. Return to freezer briefly.

See more ice cream recipes here




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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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