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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.

Find Even More Salad Recipes Here


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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

A hit with chocolate lovers-  Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe with a Dark Glaze

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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Monday, January 30, 2017

Easy Waffle Iron Meals and Ideas

Easy Waffle Iron Meals and Recipes - Beyond Waffles


The Waffle iron is an appliance with two hinged metal plates, molded to create honeycomb patterns we all know. A Waffle iron is the appliance we use for only one thing, making waffles, but this appliance has a few other menu ideas up its sleeves.

Other dishes can be prepared with this appliance like sandwiches, French toast, chewy cookies, and hash browns. With the waffle iron, you are cooking ingredients directly over the heat, so no pans, grills, or sauce pans are necessary.  Think no bake cooking with kids!

Thanks to the direct heat source the cooking time is cut by half, as well as the cooling time, which is quite handy when you are hungry, having lack of time, or just want something sweet and you want it fast.

Do you want some grilled cheese, or fast brownies? A Waffle iron is the only appliance you need and within no time your favorite meal will be served. Another benefit of the waffle iron is that you do not have to wash big piles of dishes, or suffer with scrubbing browned bits.

A big plus is the waffle iron is easy to clean, if you spray your waffle iron with a cooking oil or spray. Also look for a waffle iron with removable plates for easy clean-up.

Waffle Omelet

Try a Waffle iron to cook the perfect omelet or Spanish frittata.
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients:
    -    2 eggs
    -    3 tablespoons heavy cream
    -    1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese
    -    1 breakfast sausage, chopped
    -    Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
    1.    Preheat your waffle iron and coat with cooking spray.
    2.    Crack the eggs in a bowl and beat with heavy cream, salt, and pepper.
    3.    Stir in the remaining ingredients and slowly pour the egg mixture onto the iron, not covering more than ¾ of iron.
    4.    Cook for 2 minutes and serve after.

 

Waffle Brownie

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 mini brownies
Ingredients:
    -    ¾ cup flour
    -    ¼ cup Dutch processed cocoa
    -    ¼ teaspoon baking powder
    -    3 tablespoons chopped almonds
    -    2 eggs
    -    1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
    -    2 eggs
    -    ¼ cup applesauce
    -    1/3 cup brown sugar
    -    1 pinch salt
    -    3 oz. dark quality chocolate
**Don't have time for brownies from scratch, prepare a brownie mix and pour batter into hot waffle iron.

Directions:
    1.    In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, flour, cocoa, baking powder, almonds, brown sugar, and salt.
    2.    In a microwave, melt the coconut oil and chocolate until smooth.
    3.    Beat the eggs with applesauce, and melted chocolate. Fold the liquid ingredients into dry ones and stir until blended.
    4.    Heat the waffle iron and make sure to coat with cooking oil.
    5.    Drop the batter onto iron, making few small mounds and cook for 2 minutes.
    6.    Repeat with remaining batter and serve after.


More Waffle Making Meal Ideas

Quesadillas Waffles

Lay a tortilla on a hot waffle, top with shredded cheese and other ingredients you'd like in your quesadilla. Top with another tortilla. Press waffle iron closed and cook until golden brown.




Waffle Hash Browns 

Using frozen shredded potatoes, Add onto a hot waffle iron. Sprinkle with seasonings. Cook until golden brown.




Try These Ideas for Waffle Meals Too: 

Corn dogs in the waffle iron- Use corn muffin mix and add chopped hot dogs into the batter. Pour on hot waffle iron. Cook until firm.


What have you cooked in the waffle iron?


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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Allergy Free Recipes for Kids

Anyone living or having a kid knows how it is sometimes difficult to prepare a meal for them; from cutting their sandwiches in the wrong way, serving a wrong color, just getting a kid to eat something, sometimes feels like a miracle.

As if it is not hard enough to deal with getting your kids to eat, sometimes kids suffer from allergies. Kids can have allergies to a variety of foods, including gluten, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, dairy, and soy. Sometimes they can be allergic to one and in some cases to a multiple allergens.


When parents have to prepare meals around allergies, they are facing a big challenge. Some cannot find appropriate ingredients, while sometimes the finished product can turn out rather bland. Allergy free food does not have to be boring or bland, but very colorful, interesting, and super delicious.
Every kid deserves a quality meal that will meet all nutrition needs, while being safe and without causing any problems. When preparing allergy free foods you must not neglect authentic taste.
What can you serve to a kid allergic to the eggs and dairy? How do you make a gluten free and dairy free bagel? What are your fast and healthy options when in a rush and cannot serve milk and cereals?

Here are some allergy free recipes:

Corn Fritters

Corn Fritters (dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, soy-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, tree nut-free)
The corn fritters are simply great because you can prepare them in almost no time and they are simple yet delicious breakfast option.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 fritters
Ingredients:
    -    1 ¼ cup coconut milk (or almond milk)
    -    1 ½ cups corn
    -    ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    -    4 tablespoons corn flour
    -    2 tablespoons cornstarch (or potato starch)
    -    2/3 cup sorghum flour
    -    2 tablespoons sugar (or honey or maple syrup)
    -    2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
    -    ¼ teaspoon salt
Directions:
    1.    In a bowl, combine the ground cumin, corn flour, cornstarch, sorghum flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    2.    Stir in the coconut milk and corns until you have a thoroughly mixed batter.
    3.    Heat 2-inches oil in a skillet. Drop the batter by a rounded tablespoon and cook for3 minutes per side.
    4.    Serve after.

Pumpkin Cacao Muffins or Bread

Pumpkin cacao muffins (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, wheat-free, peanut-free)
The pumpkin muffins may be served as a delightful dessert, snack, or an aromatic breakfast bite.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Ingredients:
    -    1 ½ cups Gluten Free flour mix
    -    ½ cup melted coconut oil (or plant based oil)
    -    1 ½ cups organic pumpkin puree
    -    1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (or carob powder)
    -    1/3 cup water (of almond milk)
    -    1 ½ cups sugar (or ¾ cup maple syrup)
    -    1 teaspoon baking soda
    -    ½ teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
    -    1 pinch nutmeg
    -    ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
    -    1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
    -    1 pinch salt
Directions:
    1.    Place all ingredients in a food blender.
    2.    Blend on high until smooth.
    3.    Heat the oven to 350F and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases or grease a loaf pan.
    4.    Pour in the batter, up to 2/3 and bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the muffins are firm to the touch.
    5.    Place the muffins onto wire rack and serve at room temperature.


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