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.
Now put these new skills into action, by having your kids help pack their lunch!
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