Recipes, Cooking With Kids

Cooking With Kids

It’s freezing out there. You’re stuck inside. You’re all are going stir crazy. Solution: You need some kid-friendly fun time in the kitchen!

I know all too well how hard it is for the entire family during those winter months. Tension is high and patience runs low. There is only so many movies, board games and video games to occupy your time, especially the toddler. However, you’ll be amazed by how quickly happiness can be restored if you have some exciting activities planned. The entire family can enjoy some quality time together! And since everyone loves to eat, why not make it time spent in the kitchen?

Everyone from toddlers to the “big kids” will enjoy making and eating these recipes. The recipes are all healthy, too! Below you’ll find an assortment of recipes from a wintery snowman sandwich to a colorful parfait that will have everyone asking to help and eat more.

Let’s get in the kitchen!

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No-Bake Cereal Bars

First up, is a really easy treat that any youngster can help you make. They can practice using measuring cups and with no raw ingredients to handle, help lick the spoon! These No-Bake Cereal Bars are great for a little snack, dessert or even breakfast!

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No-Bake Cereal Bars

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SPECIAL TOOLS

9 x 13 inch Pan

Measuring Cups

Parchment Paper

Large Sauce Pan

Wooden Spoon

Chef's Knife

Rolling Pin (optional)

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups multigrain toasted cereal
DIRECTIONS
  1. Line the 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large sauce pan, combine the honey and peanut butter over medium heat. Stir with the wooden spoon until melted.
  3. Stir in the cereal until combined.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan and lay another sheet of parchment paper on top. Use your fingers (or a rolling pin) to push down flat until the top is even.
  5. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to cool.
  6. Remove the bars from the pan and cut until squares.
  7. For easy eating, store individually wrapped.

Note: The bars can also be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Healthy Rainbow Parfaits

Simplicity and individuality is key here. Feel free to be as creative as possible with your fruit choices, too. Have all of the fruit prepared and let the kids go crazy decorating their parfaits!

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Healthy Rainbow Parfaits

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SPECIAL TOOLS

Cutting board

Chef's knife

Small bowls

Parfait dishes

Spoons

INGREDIENTS
  • Plain or vanilla yogurt
  • Rainbow fruit, cut into small pieces:
    • RED - raspberries, strawberries, red delicious apples
    • ORANGE - oranges, mangos
    • YELLOW - pineapple, banana
    • GREEN - granny smith apples, green pears, green grapes
    • PURPLE - blueberries
DIRECTIONS
  1. Layer the yogurt and rainbow fruit to make a colorful and healthy treat!

Snowman Sandwiches

This is a wintry inspired open faced sandwich that the kids will love to help decorate. Your creativity can run wild and the entire family can enjoy designing and eating together. Not to mention, this is a much warmer way of making a snowman!

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Snowman Sandwiches

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SPECIAL TOOLS

Plates

Cutting board

Biscuit Cutters

INGREDIENTS
  • Whole grain bread
  • Reduced fat cream cheese
  • Toppings:
    • Raisins
    • String cheese
    • Pretzels
DIRECTIONS
  1. Cut out different sized circles of the bread to make a snowman shape.
  2. Spread cream cheese on top of the circles.
  3. Decorate the snowman with the toppings!

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