Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cooking with Kids - Children's Recipes

Children of all ages and gender, benefit from spending time in the kitchen. With the easy to follow children's recipes listed below, kids are introduced to basic math skills, reading and comprehension. Using a recipe will also develop their ability to follow directions, one of the most important skills
a child needs for a successful school experience.

The Basic tools for the "Rookie" Cook
These basic kitchen items will help your child to begin their cooking adventure: wooden spoons, plastic or metal mixing bowls, wire whisk,
hot pads, plastic nesting measuring cups, and a child sized apron.

Ingredients to keep on hand:
peanut butter, yogurt, nonfat dry milk, honey, shredded coconut,
frozen juices, frozen fruit, cream cheese, raisins

Tips for Cooking with Kids -Cooking with kids can be
a joy-for them and for you. These tips will help you get started.

Two kids' recipes from my childhood...

"Krazy Kake"

2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tsp. vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup oil
2 cups water
Preheat oven to 350. Mix DRY ingredients together
in 8x8 baking pan. Smooth out the dry ingredients.
Using a spoon or cup bottom make three large
holes in dry mix. In 1 hole pour vanilla, next vinegar,
then oil and last pour water over entire mix.
Stir with a fork until thoroughly mixed.
Bake at 350 for 35-40 mins.
Cool and top with powdered sugar or frosting.

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 cup crushed corn flakes cereal
2 tablespoons powdered milk
Set corn flakes aside.
Mix all other ingredients well.
Roll into balls.
Then roll again in Cornflakes until covered.
Refrigerate leftovers.
This is a yummy snack that's great with milk !

Mouse Cupcakes
makes 8 "mice"

1 Chocolate Cake mix
8 scoops vanilla ice cream
16 sandwich or mint cookies
Small candies-red hots,
m&m's or skittles
shoestring licorice

Prepare cake mix according to package for cupcakes.
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake and cool completely and remove from pan.

When cool, top each cake with a scoop of ice cream then decorate to resemble a mouse using 2 mint cookies for ears, candies for eyes nose
and mouth. Cut and insert licorice for the whiskers. If melting has occurred place in the freezer for 1/2 hour before serving.
Tip: I freeze the cupcakes for easier handling!

Strawberry Ice

This is a delicious summer treat that older children can make alone & younger children can make with minimal assistance

2 pkg. frozen sliced strawberries in syrup
3/4 cup lemonade

Mix the ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Turn off the blender, scrape sides, blend again & pour into a plastic container. Cover and freeze until serving time.
Makes 4 - 6 servings
If the ice is frozen hard, let it stand at room
temperature 5 mins. or so before serving.

Frozen Bananas

1 banana
2 Popsicle sticks
Optional items
Honey, toasted wheat germ, shredded coconut, peanut butter

Peel and cut in half, one firm, ripe banana. Wrap in plastic and freeze. When frozen and ready to eat dip in peanut butter or honey. Top with coconut or wheat germ. Yes…. It also tastes great dipped in melted chocolate but then it wouldn't be a "Candy Buster"

Easy Breakfast Bars

2 cups granola
2 eggs beaten
dash of vanilla for sweetening
Combine granola and eggs in a bowl. Spread into a 8" square pan.
Bake at 350 for 15 min. Cut into bars.
Serve with peanut butter, honey or jam.
My Kids like these with banana slices and honey on top!

Honey Buns

a Teddy Bear favorite
Invite your friends & their bears
to have a Teddy Bear Picnic!

1 package split hot dog buns
Peanut butter
2 – 3 bananas
Sunflowers seed
Slice bananas and set aside. Spread peanut butter on buns.
Put ~ 3 banana slices on top.
Drip with honey and sprinkle sunflower seeds. Yummy!

Peanut Butter Nuts and Bolts
1 can cocktail peanuts
1 package *Rice Chex* cereal
1 package pretzel sticks
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 package *Cheerios* cereal
1/2 cup oil
Mix peanut butter and oil . Heat in microwave or stove top until smooth.
Pour all ingredients into a roasting pan . Mix well.
Bake for 15 – 20 mins. At 300
Store in airtight container.

Waffle Sandwich
This is so easy kids will want to make their own
breakfasts and snacks. They can even experiment to
create their own signature sandwich!

Two waffles - frozen or homemade
Peanut butter
Optional ingredients: marshmallow spread, bananas, chocolate chips, honey, dried fruit...

Spread peanut butter on one waffle, jelly on the other
and make a sandwich -- it's that easy!

No-Bake "Dreamsicle" Yogurt Pie
An easy to make recipe for kids and much healthier
than most cream pies!

1 9" graham cracker crust shell
1 8oz. container of orange flavored yogurt
1 C. thawed whipped non-dairy topping
1/2 C. canned mandarin orange slices - drained and
broken into pieces

Combine yogurt and whipped topping together in a bowl and stir with a spoon.
Add mandarin orange slice and stir. Spoon into the pie shell. Cover with plastic
wrap and chill.
Tip: You can also freeze this pie and thaw
slightly before serving.
Use a black decorating tube to make a jack-o-lantern
face for Halloween.

With the wonderful selection of flavored yogurts available,
your child can try different flavor combinations:
Vanilla yogurt with banana slices
Lemon and lime yogurt combined
Peach yogurt with canned peach pieces

Cheesecake Snacks
It's amazing how much much this snack tastes like
strawberry cheesecake.

You'll need the following:
small bowl
1 whole graham cracker
1 tablespoon cream cheese
1 tablespoon strawberry jam
Spread cream cheese on the graham cracker and top with strawberry jam.

Creamy Swirled Popsicles

You'll need the following:
1 small box of fruit flavored gelatin
1 pint of hot water
1 pint of vanilla ice cream, softened
Popsicle molds or ice trays
Popsicle sticks

In a bowl, dissolve the gelatin with the hot water.
Stir in the ice-cream. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds.
Freeze until partially frozen, and insert the popsicle sticks
into the partially frozen popsicles.
To use ice trays:
Pour into the trays and cover with plastic wrap.
Insert a toothpick through the plastic wrap into each cube.

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