Even if nuts aren’t off-limits for your own family, you never know when your kid might be sharing a lunchtime snack with a classmate (and some schools might ban nuts altogether). But regardless of safety concerns, we love these recipes because they taste great — and are much more inventive than yet another bag of chips, or cheese and crackers or baby carrots.
For my money, nothing beats a piece of fresh fruit for an instant snack this time of year. But when I want to kick it up a little, add a new flavor or incorporate a few veggies into a meal other than dinner, these are my go-to summer snacks. Each one is cool, refreshing and kid-tested to boot.
The Pioneer Woman’s Frozen Fruit Cups (pictured above)
This is my kind of recipe: Chop up a little fruit, throw it in a freezer-proof cup, freeze and serve. I love Ree Drummond’s idea so much that I’m already planning to whip out my muffin pan just so I can make more of them! An even dozen should do it, right?
School’s already out in many parts of the country. And that means even though it’s not official until June 20, summer has begun — whether you’re ready or not. We’ve rounded up our favorite energy-boosting and fill-you-up snacks, perfect for day camp, the pool, and care packages to sleepaway camp and even Grandma’s house. Bonus: none of them contain nuts or require refrigeration!
S’mores Granola (above)
Day campers may not get to toast marshmallows by the fire, but you can bring the flavors of the campfire to them at snack time with Food Network Kitchen’s granola. Combine the necessary ingredients of chocolate and marshmallows with graham cereal, oats and honey to make a sweet s’mores-inspired treat.
Feeding the kids after school is part art (something fresh and inviting!) and part science (fill them up, but not too much!). As the mom of four young kids, I like to go small for the afternoon snack, focusing on fruit and vegetables. It’s a chance to get another serving of either one in for the day — but that doesn’t mean a stray granola bar won’t make an appearance. Check out some of my favorites.
Peanut Butter Granola Bars
The only problem with serving Giada De Laurentiis’ homemade granola bars after school is that your kids will want more than one — and that’s not going to leave them with room for dinner! If you can convince the kiddos to eat these tasty snacks in moderation, you really can’t go wrong.
Granola has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a hippie health food. Today you’ll find it stocked in gourmet markets and coffee shops, on menus at diners and high-end restaurants, and sprinkled on dishes both sweet and savory. Our favorite granolas are of the homemade variety, since it couldn’t be easier to make, and it’s super-crunchy and toasty right out of the oven. At FoodNetwork.com, we’ve expanded our repertoire to include recipes for every granola-seeking appetite. Check out three of our favorite ways to make (and eat) it, below. Read more
Though it takes just three essentials — beer, snacks and a TV — to host a winning game-day bash, each element of this at-home-tailgating trifecta is important, especially when it comes to the spread you cook up for your guests. The key to any successful big-game menu is remembering that, above all else, each item ought to be easy to eat, ideally with just your hands. After all, on game day no one wants to put down the coveted remote to reach for a fork and knife. Dips, nachos, wings and pizza are surely go-to picks, but when you want to upgrade your menu with dressed-up eats — while keeping the prep work easy, of course — the name of the game is skewers. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced three recipes showcasing skewers that allow for fuss-free munching. See how they showcase tacos, a meatball sub and even pasta salad, which usually requires utensils, on a stick.
Part kebab and part taco, Marcela Valladolid’s Tacobab al Pastor celebrates the sweet and savory flavors of traditional tacos al pastor. Just like the tried-and-true dish, this one brings together smoky chipotle in adobo sauce, tender pork and juicy pineapple. Since these fixings are cooked together on skewers, there’s no need to prep multiple components separately. Round out the snack with a cool avocado-cilantro crema.
Some like it hot … some like it not-as-hot. How much spice can you handle? With dozens of new spicy snack recipes featured in the January/February issue of Food Network Magazine, it’s time to test your heat tolerance. These 50 fiery ideas are a lot to choose from, but our friends in the test kitchen developed even more. (If you’re wondering how the kitchen staff survived the spicy challenge, many antacids were consumed during the development of these recipes.)
Below are nine Web-exclusive recipes that didn’t appear in the magazine but are too delicious not to share. Insider tip: The ribs, arepas and clams were favorites during the taste-testing. Make whatever sounds best (or spiciest) to you, then do as the Food Network recipe testers do: dare someone else to try it first.
Cajun Baked Clams: Cook 24 littleneck clams in 1/4 cup each white wine over high heat, covered, until they open. Strain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the juices. (Discard any unopened clams.) Saute 1 finely chopped andouille sausage (about 3 ounces) in butter until browned, 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chopped pimentos, 3 sliced scallions (white parts only; reserve the greens for topping), 2 minced garlic cloves and 1 teaspoon fresh thyme; cook 1 minute. Stir in the reserved clam juices. Mix 1/2 cup breadcrumbs with 3 tablespoons melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne. Discard the top shell of each clam; top the clams with the sausage filling, then the breadcrumb mixture; broil until golden. Top with the reserved scallion greens.
Chefs have it hard. They spend hours on their feet cooking beautiful food for other people, yet they themselves rarely have time sit down and have a proper meal. In those moments when hunger strikes during the dinner rush, most of them are snacking on seriously creative bites from their mise en place. We asked chefs to share their favorite snack on the line.
The magical combination of cereal, marshmallows and butter is nostalgic for many of us, but that doesn’t mean cereal treats should be reserved for the kids. And why stick to just one kind of crispy rice cereal, cut into boring old squares? Get creative in the cereal aisle and try out different shapes, molds and clusters. The possibilities for these timeless crowd-pleasers are limitless, and they’re still one of the easiest no-bake treats around. Read more
Light, energizing and easy to prepare: That’s the elusive after-school snack trifecta. When store shelves are lined with chips, sugary fruit snacks and other empty calories, shopping for something that fits the bill can feel a lot like searching for a needle in a haystack. The obvious alternative is to skip store-bought options in favor of something homemade, but few people have time to prepare snacks in addition to dinner. Beat the after-school crunch by preparing healthy foods over the weekend and keeping them on hand for later in the week. Homemade granola bars and trail mixes are a great place to start. Fresh veggies can be washed and cut in mere minutes, and vegetable-based dips such as guacamole or hummus make crudites seem appealing. Here are some more quick, nutritious, kid-friendly snacks to tide your family over till dinner’s ready.
These nutty bars studded with dried fruit will stave off hunger pangs between lunch and dinner for only 167 calories per serving. Make a batch over the weekend so your family will have them on hand for quick and convenient after-school snacking throughout the week.