Compiled by Robyn, South Africa © April 2005
EASY KIDS SNACKS, RECIPES & IDEAS
The following are ‘recipes’ I have tried or come across that I found are good ideas or lots of fun to make. Most of them are not cooking recipes, but they are quick and easy and children can make them all by themselves.
T = Tablespoon t = teaspoon c = cup
· Apple Shapes ~ Peel apples and cut into thin slices. Cut shapes out of the slices using small metal cookie cutters. Sandwich together with peanut butter if you like.
· Sugar Apples ~ Peel an apple and cut it into pieces. Put 2t sugar into a zip-loc bag. Add the apple pieces, seal and shake. Enjoy!
· Caterpillar Kebabs ~ Simply cut any fresh fruit in season into bite-sized chunks and alternate on wooden or bamboo skewers. Grapes, sliced bananas, melon balls, cubed pineapple, naartjie segments or strawberries work well.
· Fruit Ice Lollies ~ Stir pureed fruit or a bottle of baby fruit into some fruit juice to thicken slightly. Pour into Ice Lolly moulds and freeze. Enjoy them the next day.
· Frozen Bananas Lollies ~ Cut a banana in half. (Optional - roll each half in a little brown sugar.) Insert a lolly stick almost to the top, wrap in foil and freeze. Makes a very popular, healthy frozen treat for the next day. For impatient helpers, make another sugar banana to eat right away.
If you are lucky enough to have children who LOVE vegetables, you can skip this section, if not… read on.
Some Ideas that may or may not work ~
· Add a cheese sauce or melted cheese over veggies to make them more palatable.
· Roast until Crispy or Eat Raw!
· Have a yoghurt or sour cream sauce for dipping raw veggies into.
· Broccoli for Kids! Mix 2T crunchy peanut butter, 1T soy sauce and 1T orange or apple juice together and set aside. Steam 4 cups fresh broccoli florets, making sure they are still crunchy. Drain and toss with sauce.
· Frozen Peas are also a fun snack for kids ~ Believe it or not! If they like these, try some other frozen veggies too.
· Mielies or Corn on the Cob is generally popular with Kids. Done on the Braai with salt and butter drizzled over them – simply delicious!
· Potato Salad with mayonnaise and cubed cheese, mashed hard-boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes or whatever other chopped vegetables will be eaten.
· Roasted sweet potato chips or french fries.
· Homemade Lemonade ~ Collect the juice of 3 lemons in a jug. (This can be done by liquidising three skinned lemons and then putting them through a sieve to obtain the juice.) Add 1 litre of water and honey or sugar to taste.
· Banana Milkshake ~ 1 cup milk, 2 bananas, one scoop of vanilla ice cream ~ Blend all ingredients together for 1 minute. Makes 2.
· REAL FRESH Orange Juice ~ roll an unpeeled orange until soft, make a hole using a potato peeler about 1/3 into the orange. Insert straw and suck the orange juice out of the orange!
· Open Butterfly Sandwiches ~ Cut a slice of bread into half diagonally to form two triangles. Put the two points together to form butterfly. Decorate with cream cheese, carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumber etc.
· Yoghurt Lollies ~ Mix some plain yoghurt with the same amount of fruit juice or pureed fruit (orange juice works well). Add honey to taste. Pour into paper cups or empty yoghurt containers and freeze. Insert wooden lolly sticks when mixture is partially frozen so that they stand upright. Takes at least 24hrs to freeze.
· Dinosaur Eggs ~ Boil an egg for 8-10 minutes. Tap the hard-boiled egg on a table to make cracks in it. Put it in a cup of water with your choice of natural colouring and let it sit for an hour in the fridge. Open up the eggshell and see the interesting designs made from the cracks and colouring. Eat & enjoy your dinosaur egg.
· Easy Mini Pizzas ~ 1 english muffin or pita bread cut in half, add tomato sauce, grated cheese, ham & grill.
· Sugar Popcorn ~ Make some popcorn. Toss it in a little melted butter and some castor or icing sugar.
· Fairy Bread ~ Cut bread into pieces/ shapes and let children butter and sprinkle with ‘fairy dust’ (100s & 1000s).
· Breakfast Cereal Play ~ Put out some different dried cereals (Strawberry Pops, Cornflakes, Oatees etc). Provide different size bowls, containers, measuring cups and spoons for ‘cooking’. Children can ‘cook’ breakfast, measure, mix and match. Oatees can also be stringed into edible necklaces or bracelets.
· Fun Fruity Ice ~ Pop one or two pieces of fruit such as grapes or berries into each ice tray compartment, fill with fruit juice and freeze. Kids love eating these treats on a hot day.
· Homemade Peanut Butter ~ Have fun shelling as many shelled peanuts as you can. Put them in the food processor and grind until smooth! Store in a covered container.
· Marie Biscuit Toppings ~ Let children butter own Marie biscuits and top with 100s & 1000s or chocolate sprinkles. For a more savoury snack, butter and spread with either Marmite or Bovril, stick 2 together.
· Rice Cake Faces ~ Spread peanut butter onto a rice cake and make faces with nuts, raisins, bananas etc.
EASY BAKING RECIPES
· Easy Cookies ~ 3 c Jungle Oats, 1 ½ c brown sugar, 1 ½ c cake flour, 1 ½ c butter, 1 ½ t baking powder
Put all ingredients into a large bowl and let children mix and knead the batter. Preheat oven to 180°C. Roll dough into small balls and bake on ungreased baking sheet for 10-12 min.
· Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies ~ 1 c peanut butter, 1 egg, 1 c sugar ~ mix all ingredients together, roll into small balls, press down with fork. Bake at 180°C in oven for about 8 minutes. Let cool on pan 1 min, then place on foil. These are very sweet and will probably only be enjoyed by the children who made them!
· Egg Fried Rice ~ toss lots of scrambled egg into a bowl of rice. Serve with tomato sauce if preferred.
· Eggy Bread ~ French toast is a quick and easy dinner, spread with tomato sauce.
· Mashed Potato with Tuna ~ mix together with some mayonnaise or cream cheese and serve.
· Pasta Salad ~ Any shaped cooked and cooled pasta tossed with mayonnaise, cubes of cheese, grapes, cherry tomatoes, corn, olives or any other mixture of chopped fruit and veggies your child will tolerate!
· Scrambled Eggs ~ quick and easy for those lazy nights!
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