It’s time to put your kids to work – in the kitchen! When kids have a hand in cooking, it makes trying new foods more fun and interesting (and less intimidating). Make cooking a regular activity and you’ll get to spend more time together too! Check out these simple recipes and suggested kid-friendly tasks.
Tomato & Cucumber Salad
4 medium ripe tomatoes
1 medium cucumber
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon rice or red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Dash of salt and pepper
Directions: Dice tomatoes and cucumber and place in large bowl. Add olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; toss to combine. Sprinkle with chopped basil.
Yogurt Berry Parfait
1 ½ cups plain fat-free yogurt
½ cup blueberries
½ cup sliced strawberries
½ cup crunchy whole grain cereal (suggested: Kashi Good Friends or Post Grape-Nuts)
Directions: In two tall glasses, alternate layers of yogurt, berries and cereal.
1 (12-inch) 100% whole wheat pizza crust or dough rolled out to 12-inch circle
¾ cup tomato sauce
1 ¼ cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
Toppings of your choice: chopped bell pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, mushrooms, shredded carrots
Directions: Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Spread tomato sauce onto crust, top with cheese and veggies. Bake for approximately 12-14 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is golden.
1 medium pear, diced
1 mango, diced
1 pint strawberries, diced
2 plums, diced
1 teaspoon honey
Directions: Place fruit in large bowl. Drizzle with honey and toss to combine. Serve with 100% whole wheat pita chips. Alternatively, use as a topping for a green salad, chicken breast or fish.
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
2 – 3 sweet potatoes or yams
Dash of salt and pepper, if desired
Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Thinly slice sweet potatoes into rounds and place on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle with a dash of salt and pepper, if desired. Bake for 20 minutes, turn over and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes or until crispy.