Develop healthy eating habits in your children by nurturing a love of cooking and eating healthy, flavorful foods from a young age. Summer is the perfect time to experiment in the kitchen with these kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare, delicious-to-eat recipes. You’ll be amazed by how much kids enjoy preparing their own meals (with a little adult supervision) and, of course, chowing down on the finished product! Serve these up on personalized Frecklebox placemats for tons of mealtime fun.
Ants on a Log
Cut stalks of celery into small pieces and spread with peanut butter. Artfully sprinkle with raisins (ants) and serve.
In a tall glass, layer plain yogurt, fresh fruit (such as strawberries, blueberries, bananas or pineapple) and granola. Drizzle with honey for an extra-sweet treat. Serve as breakfast, dessert or a snack.
Make small, individual pizzas out of English muffins, bagels or pre-prepared pizza dough. Cover with marinara sauce, shredded cheese and your favorite toppings. Some creative combinations to break out of the standard pepperoni pizza:
- Mediterranean: chicken, feta, olives, pesto and sundried tomatoes
- Veggie: mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, broccoli and tomatoes
- Barbecue: chicken, cilantro, red onions and barbecue sauce
- Hawaiian: pineapple and bacon or ham
Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese, diced bell pepper and onions on a whole wheat tortilla and top with another tortilla. Melt a small dollop of butter in a frying pan and cook the quesadilla on each side until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are browned and crispy. Serve with salsa and sour cream.
Mix greens in a bowl with sliced strawberries and cucumbers, cubed ham or grilled chicken and the cheese of your choice (mozzarella, feta, string cheese or cheddar are good options). Serve with a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing.
Pastry Dough Treats
Cut store-bought pie dough or pastry dough into small squares or triangles. Place a small slice of Brie and a spoonful of blackberry jam in the center of each piece and fold the ends together to create a small pocket. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 to 15 minutes or until pockets are golden brown.
Sweet Rice Cereal Bars
Melt three tablespoons of butter in a large saucepan over low heat, then add a bag of marshmallows and stir until melted together. Add six cups of rice puff cereal and stir until completely coated. Pour into a greased 13×9-inch pan and let cool completely. Cut into squares and devour.
Bon appétit! What are your go-to recipes for cooking with your kids?