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How to Eat Snacks for Dinner (and Feel Good About It)

by in Family, Recipes, May 15th, 2017

How to Eat Snacks for Dinner (and Feel Good About It)As a parent, I need to make dinner every single night. There are times when I simply cannot face turning on the stove, yet my four small children dutifully line up for dinner. There they are, ready for dinner. Reporting for duty. On these nights, I load up a tray (a cutting board will do just fine), pile it with a bunch of no-cook or quick-cooking bites, and declare it Snacks for Dinner Night. Here’s how to do it.

Version 1: The Feast

Somewhere between putting out a major spread and cleaning out the fridge, this kind of dinner is a collection of yummy flavors piled together in a big buffet. My kids call it “feasting.” I call it “dinner with no work.”

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3 Ways to Infuse Cocktail Flavors Into Party-Time Snack Mixes

by in Recipes, Shows, November 26th, 2016

Bloody Mary Cocktail Snack MixChips and dip, carrots and ranch, maybe a fruit platter — these are all fine party starters. They’re great ones, actually. But when it comes to holiday parties, sometimes we like to up the appetizer ante a bit, all while keeping it casual and easy, of course. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts introduced a trio of snack mixes that are the kind of next-level recipes that will transform your seasonal spreads. Combining two party-time favorites — booze and bites — the co-hosts made three cocktail-inspired snack recipes that range from savory and salty to sweet and oh so crunchy. Read on below to find out how they turned a Bloody Mary, a White Russian and a tequila-based cocktail into eat-with-your-hands nibbles. (Spoiler: It all comes down to spiking, pouring and mixing.)

Bloody Mary Cocktail Snack Mix

The flavors you know and love in a classic Bloody Mary are well-represented in this big-batch mash-up of rice cereal, bagel chips and pretzels. Just as tomato juice and vodka form the base of the drink, this snack mix is made with tomato paste and vodka, plus a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce, which deliver the salty, deeply umami flavor you love in a Bloody Mary. Once the mixture is warmed, it’s poured over the munchies, which get microwaved for just a few minutes so the flavors can marry.

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Snacks for the Racks: Your Black Friday Survival Plan

by in Holidays, November 23rd, 2016

Fully Loaded Snack BarYou may work up a sweat as you consume as many forkfuls of mashed potatoes as humanly possible on Thursday, but that’s nothing compared to how you’ll feel when the real work begins: Black Friday shopping. Gear up for the relentless sifting and sorting by stocking your purse or pockets with these on-the-go treats. While Tupperware containers of Thanksgiving leftovers won’t keep in your purse or the car, these convenient bites will. And they’re quick to prep after the Thanksgiving madness — and they’ll keep you energized from store to store.

As you hold hangers and boxes in one hand, wield a little sustenance in the other. Filled with dried fruits, oats and sunflower seeds, these Fully Loaded Snack Bars are just the thing to get you through until checkout.

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7 Tiny Snacks for When Your Kid’s Tummy Is Grumbling

by in Family, Recipes, September 19th, 2016

It’s an hour before dinner and your kids are clamoring (“starving,” they say dramatically) for a snack. But your snack selection must be wise — if the pre-meal nosh is too big, they won’t want dinner at all. Try these tasty (but tiny!) options to appease your peckish crew as you get the main course ready.

Italian Ice Pops (above)

Giada De Laurentiis pairs frozen raspberries with mint for a tart, frozen snack you can easily make in an everyday ice cube tray — no over-sized pop molds required.

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6 After-School Snacks That Won’t Ruin Kids’ Appetites

by in Family, Recipes, September 14th, 2016

60-Second Super-Simple White Bean HummusIt’s such a tenuous thing, the after-school snack: Feed the kids too little and you have afternoon meltdowns. Feed them too much and you’re in for an evening of kids slinking down in chairs and pushing dinner around with a fork without actually eating a thing. To prevent both scenarios, I keep these snacks in heavy rotation at my house. This is what I serve when my four small kids come tearing down the hallway toward the kitchen after school.

60-Second Super-Simple White Bean Hummus
With a squeeze of fresh lemon and beans straight from a can, this dip comes together in about a minute. Pile a few handfuls of fresh veggies — cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers — on a tray and watch the kids dive into one of the five recommended daily servings of produce!

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Our Favorite A+ After-School Snacks

by in Recipes, September 8th, 2016

Strawberry Banana Cereal TreatsIn that little slice of time that falls between school and soccer practice, ballet rehearsal or piano lessons, the odds are high that tummies will be rumbling. Banish hunger without resorting to anything that comes out of a vending machine with our go-to after-school snack picks.

Cereal may be breakfast fare, but transforming it into on-the-go Strawberry Banana Cereal Treats launches it into snack territory. These sweet and tangy cereal bars are loaded with freeze-dried strawberries and bananas, as well as whole-grain cereal and mini marshmallows.

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7 Nut-Free Snacks to Pack in Your Kid’s Lunchbox

by in Family, Recipes, August 22nd, 2016

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.

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11 Cold Snacks for Hot Summer Days

by in Family, Recipes, July 18th, 2016

Frozen Fruit CupsFor 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.

Make-Ahead

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?

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8 Packable Summer Snack Ideas for Day Camp, Care Packages and More

by in Recipes, June 7th, 2016

S'mores GranolaSchool’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.

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8 Afternoon Snacks That Won’t Fill Your Kids Up for Dinner

by in Family, Recipes, February 18th, 2016

Peanut Butter Granola BarsFeeding 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.

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