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get creative by making their own recipe. Some ideas might be a cupcake or cookie decorating challenge, an appetizer, or main dish. You can make it more challenging by determining ingredients they must include (or can’t use) in their recipe.
◦ Plan the menu. My kids don’t always love what I cook on weeknights. To get them involved and increase the likelihood that they will eat what I
am serving, I like to ask them to help me plan
the weekly menu. Sometimes my older kids will offer to cook one of the meals themselves. I try to encourage them to choose menu items that include vegetables and fresh, healthy ingredients. This also gives us an opportunity to discuss budget. You can take it a step further and let them help you shop for items at the store and then help prepare the meals.
   Kid-friendly recipes
Need some recipes for your budding chef? Here are some of our favorite kid-friendly recipes (that also double as fun family activities!):
Berry banana smoothie
Rainbow fruit kabobs
Cut an assortment of fruits, such
as pineapples,
grapes, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapefruit, strawberries, watermelon, apples, tangerines, honeydew, cantaloupe, kiwi and bananas. Arrange fruit on skewer sticks.
• 1 cup frozen mixed berries
• 1 frozen ripe banana
• 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
• 1 cup milk, or dairy-free alternative • 1-2 Tbs honey, optional
Note: if using fresh fruit, add ice
Add all ingredients into the blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from Food Network.
Pizza dough:
• 1 Tbs active dry yeast
• 1 cup warm water
• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus
some extra for rolling dough • 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp olive oil
You can also use any premade 12” pizza crust or pita bread as a crust substitute.
Add yeast and water to a large mixing bowl. Stir once to activate yeast and let it sit for five minutes. Add flour, salt and olive oil. Mix until a dough is formed and knead on a floured surface for two minutes. Place in a greased bowl and turn to fully coat in oil. Cover and let it rise for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees as you wait for the dough to rise. After 20 minutes, place the dough on a flat surface
and roll into a 12” circle. Place on a 12” greased pizza pan. Spread tomato sauce evenly on the crust. Sprinkle cheese evenly on top of the tomato sauce. Add desired toppings. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling or turning brown and the crust is starting to crisp.
Recipe adapted from
Make your own pizza
• 1/3 cup tomato sauce
• 2 cups shredded mozzarella or
Monterey Jack cheese
• 2 cups toppings of choice: bell
peppers, zucchini, onion, mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, pepperoni, chicken, ham, basil, garlic, artichokes, etc.
    Ants on a log
• Celery stalks, cut into 3” pieces
• Spread: peanut butter (or other nut
butter), Greek yogurt or hummus
• Toppings or “ants”: raisins, cranberries,
blueberries, chocolate chips, black beans or diced peppers
Place desired spread along the cavity of the celery. Top it off with “ants” of choice. Press them into the spread.
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