There are many places where your child can learn about food- the classroom, the garden and the grocery store. Although, the most powerful place to develop experience is in the kitchen.
First start by educating your child on the basics of cooking. Refresh on the essential kitchen skills for kids in our prior post, Kitchen Helpers. Once they have mastered hygiene, safety and basic technical skills, they are ready to cook!
Try these 3 simple and healthy snack and meal ideas. Assist your child throughout the process. Encourage them to be safe, creative and have fun!
100% Fruit Popsicles
This recipe is perfect for beating the Arizona heat!
- 1 cup 100% fruit juice
- 1 ½ cups frozen fruit
- 8 three ounce sized dixie cups
- 8 popsicle sticks
In a blender or food processor combine the juice and frozen fruit
Puree until completely smooth and no chunks remain
Divide mixture evenly among the 8 dixie cups
Cover each cup with foil and stick a popsicle stick through the middle of the foil
Place in the freezer until frozen
Once frozen, remove the foil and pull on the popsicle stick to remove it from the cup
An imaginative and healthy spin on pizza
- 4 whole wheat pita rounds
- Marinara Sauce Or Pizza Sauce
- Pesto (optional)
- Grated Mozzarella Cheese
- Onion, sliced
- Ground Beef
- Pepperoni Slices
- Canadian Bacon Slices
- Pineapple Chunks
- Roma Tomatoes, sliced
- Black Olives
- Sliced Bell Peppers
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
Lay out 4 pita rounds on a cookie sheet
Top each of the pita bread with either marinara or pesto and then add a layer of grated mozzarella cheese
Here is where it gets fun- use your selected topping to create unique pizza combinations!
Once all the pizzas are assembled, put the pan in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes
Remove and serve immediately!
A fun, easy and nutritious recipes for many ages.
- Four 10-inch whole-wheat tortillas
- 1 small head romaine lettuce, chopped
- 4 slices of cheese
- 8 slices oven-roasted deli turkey
- Sliced tomatoes
- Baby spinach
- Shredded carrots
- Cream cheese
- Sliced olives
- Fresh peppers
- Mayonnaise and mustard
Lay out tortillas on clean work surface
Spread on any optimal sauces over the tortilla (mayo, cream cheese, mustard)
Place the chopped lettuce, sliced cheese and two slices of deli turkey at the top of the tortilla. Add any additional fillings as well.
Starting at the side with the fillings. Tightly wrap up the tortilla so the fillings are tightly packed inside.
Cut the wraps into 1-inch pieces to create sandwich wheels!