Some tailgaters go all out with a portable grill, but all you really need is something to munch on while you’re waiting for the big game. Snack mixes are simple to make and easy to pack for the long trek to the stadium or a Saturday spent at the soccer field. Kids and adults will love the crunch and can choose from sweet and savory options. Try one of these on your next game day. Read more
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Chefs are put to plenty of challenges, but pleasing picky kids can confound even the most-acclaimed professionals. Here, a few chefs share their creations that will satisfy pretty much any kid’s snacking dreams.
If your kids turn up their noses at the mere sight of their vegetables night after night, do not fear. A bounty of peak-season spring produce is here to change all that. Now that green beans, broccoli and more veggies are at their finest, there’s never been a better time for your kids to learn to love them — and we’ve got just the dishes to make it happen.
Big, bad broccoli gets a bad rep among the little ones, but Melissa d’Arabian’s Garlic Oil Sauteed Pasta with Broccoli will change their minds. Tossing it together with crowd-pleasing pasta is a good way to get some good bites of broccoli in. Plus, you can make this easy, hearty recipe as the main course if you amp up the portions.
Jack-o’-lanterns aren’t the only fun way to use a pumpkin this time of year. From breakfast to dessert, lots of dessert, we’ve got 10 delicious pumpkin recipes kids will love.
1. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies: When the weather turns crisp, what’s better than a gooey chocolate chip cookie? A chocolate chip cookie with rich and creamy pumpkin incorporated too. The perfect fall treat.
2. White Bean Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins (pictured above): These two kinds of chocolate pumpkin muffins have one thing in common: They both use white beans in the batter, packing a surprising little punch of protein (and the kids will never know they’re in there).
Nothing says fall like the crunch of a good apple. Sure, kids love eating ‘em fresh out of the fridge, but here are 10 simple ways for your brood to help cook — and eat — their way through apple season, enjoying every bite.
1. Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp (pictured above): If this is your kids’ first crisp, you can’t go wrong with Ina Garten’s classic take. Kids can sprinkle the topping on with their fingers.
2. Healthy Apple Spice Quick Bread: Make one loaf for breakfast and snacks, and a second to freeze for later. Kids can shred apples and grease the pan.
The end of summer is a big deal for kids. If your young ones have already gone back to school, they’re transitioning from camp and family vacations to rowdy rides on the school bus, binders filled with homework and snacks before soccer practice. If they haven’t gone back yet, those days are coming up fast. This school year, ease their back-to-school shift with easy kid-friendly snacks. These recipes for kid-friendly midday refueling will satisfy and re-energize your kids while still leaving room for dinner. Here are some wholesome, homemade Food Network favorites:
Salty square crackers are suited to so much more than out-of-the-box snacking. Take it from Trisha, who drizzles saltines with butter, brown sugar and chocolate for Sweet and Saltines (pictured above), reaching that perfect cross between salty and sweet. Hey, it’s a whole lot better than passing kids a candy bar.
Ever tried to serve your kids something new? I write a blog about cooking for kids — about cooking one dinner, about raising kids who appreciate real food, about trying again when it doesn’t work out — so we eat a lot of new stuff around here. And when our group of four little ones (all under the age of 6) are skeptical about my latest culinary experiment, I try to bridge the gap with familiar, and beloved, flavors. No, the kids don’t all like the same things, but there are a few universally loved flavors. These are my heavy hitters, the MVPs of the kitchen and our best flavor ambassadors.
Fresh Lemon: Squeezing lemon on anything instantly makes my kids intrigued. Does it work for fish? Yes, of course, but there’s also roasted potato wedges and steak. Even greens like sauteed spinach, Swiss chard and kale are wonderful with a splash of juicy citrus. Plus, squeezing the juice is fun for the kids to do themselves.
Tired of lackluster reactions to the phrase “dinner’s ready”? Try a trick I use on my brood and serve skewers. From sides to entrees, everything’s more festive on a stick, and the good news is, it’s pretty simple too.
1. Fish Skewers with Basil Chimichurri (pictured above): With bright pops of green basil sauce and juicy red cherry tomatoes, Melissa d’Arabian’s skewers turn fish from a picky eater’s no-no into a showstopper worth trying.
2. Pork and Pineapple Kebabs: Sure a pork chop is tasty, but chopping it up and serving it with fresh pineapple wedges transforms an otherwise average dinner into something special.
As if the Fourth of July isn’t already festive enough, here are five recipes that even the littlest cooks can help make. Each dish gets high marks in two key areas, cuteness and simplicity, which gives everyone enough time to enjoy his or her fine work when it’s done.
Berry Trifle: Layers of berries, cake and cream — any dessert with such an easy-to-follow recipe is one all kid-friendly kitchens should have on hand.
Starry Cheese, Tomatoes and Crackers (pictured above): With the help of a star-shaped cutter, transform an average afternoon snack into one with a patriotic punch.
When it comes to gimmicks for getting kids interested in their food, I say, “Yes, please.” I have no shame when it comes to fun presentation, cute shapes or miniature anything, as long as it’s no more difficult than making a plain old version. With four kids at home — the oldest just turned 5 — these are my favorite tricks of the meal-making trade.
1. Sandwich Sushi: We call these “roly-polies” in our house, and the method couldn’t be simpler. Take a piece of bread and use a rolling pin to flatten it out (making the surface bigger too), then fill with your usual toppings like PB&J, turkey or whatever your kids like. Roll up and slice into 3 to 4 pieces.
2. Bunny and Bear Hard-Boiled Egg Molds: Our kids love eggs, but they actually cheer when I spend an extra 20 seconds creating bunnies or bears with these easy-to-use egg molds. Just press a peeled egg into the mold, close and wait a few seconds, then pop ‘em out.