Is your child a picky eater? Balks at healthy food because “it’s too green!”? While it’s easy to look the other way during the summer holidays and let children binge on the three evil Cs – Cookies, Candies and Chips – you don’t really want him/her to turn into a couch potato, do you?
Interestingly, research shows that when kids are involved in making food, they are more likely to eat it since it fuels a sense of achievement in them. Kids feel proud when they do something by themselves and having them make grocery lists, buy groceries themselves and participate in the cooking process is one way of involving them (and preventing them from getting bored in these loooooonnnnnnggggg summer holidays!)
Of course, some mommies have a ‘No kids in the kitchen’ policy since children do tend to get messy while experimenting with cooking utensils and food items. So, here we are with some quick (5-10 minutes), DIY, not-very-messy, healthy snack recipes which will add to your children’s learning (cooking is a much-needed life skill, right?) AND give them an opportunity to bond with you!
Read on for the recipes…
1. PIZZA TOASTS
Chicken chunks (readily available)
- Pre-heat the oven and place the bread on a prepared baking sheet.
- Spread some pizza sauce on it and top with mozzarella, bell peppers and chicken chunks.
- Place in the hot oven and bake until the cheese melts.
2. BANANA PENGUINS
Before I give you this recipe, let me just tell you that these penguins are PURE GENIUS, especially for those kids who HATE bananas with a vengeance! 😉
Melted chocolate 1 cup
Coconut oil 1 tbsp (melted)
Candy eyes 24
Orange M&M’s 36
- Peel the bananas.
- In a small bowl, mix together the melted chocolate and coconut oil.
- Dip the tops of bananas in the melted chocolate, making sure to dip the back side of bananas in chocolate as well.
- Dot melted chocolate on bananas for eyes and feet and add candy eyes and orange M&M’s.
- Freeze for 20 minutes.
3. DONUT APPLES
Cream cheese 12 oz (softened and cut into thirds)
Honey 2 tsp (divided)
Melted chocolate 1/2 cup
Pink food colouring 2 drops
Assorted sprinkles for decorating
- Divide the cream cheese in three small bowls.
- In one bowl, add 1 tsp honey. In another bowl, add melted chocolate. In the last bowl, add remaining tsp honey and pink food colouring. Stir each bowl together until combined.
- Slice apples and use a biscuit or cookie cutter to hollow out the centres.
- Spread the mixtures on apple slices and top with sprinkles.
4. COOKIE MONSTER MILKSHAKES
Butter cream frosting 1 cup
Blue food colouring
Chocolate chip cookies (crushed) 2 cups
Chocolate chip cookies 2
Candy eyes 4
Vanilla ice cream 6 scoops
Milk 3/4 cup
Pure vanilla extract 1 tsp
Whipped cream for garnish
- Add 6-8 drops of food colouring to the butter cream frosting and stir until frosting is completely blue.
- Use a small spatula or butter knife to spread the blue food colouring around the rim of a tall glass.
- Add crushed cookies to a shallow plate, then roll the frosted rims in crushed cookies until the blue frosting is almost completely covered.
- To make the Monster Cookies, spread the blue frosting on two cookies and place two candy eyes on each.
- In a blender combine the ice cream, milk and vanilla and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses, add a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with a cookie.
5. BABY HOT DOGS
White bread 4 slices
Butter 4 tbsp (softened)
Cheddar cheese 2 cups (shredded)
- Preheat the oven to 250°.
- Spread one side of each slice with butter and place the bread butter side-down on a clean working surface.
- Top with a pinch of cheddar, then place a sausage diagonally in the centre of the hot dog (so that the hot dog is pointing to two corners).
- Sprinkle with more cheddar, then gently pinch the bread corners together over the hot dog.
- Use a toothpick to hold the sides of bread together and place on a baking sheet.
- Bake until bread is toasted and the ‘babies’ hold their shape (about 10 minutes).
So, here are six recipes to keep boriyat and bhook at bay! Do you have any easy recipes your kids enjoy helping you out with? Share with us in comments!