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Recipes Side Dishes

Mediterranean Salad

An easy warm weather side dish, this is an easy adaptation of a recipe my grandmother (Nanny) used to make for me. Feel free to add those in, or use any combination with what you have on hand.

Ingredients

  • Tomato, quartered if using cherry tomatoes, or diced with regular
  • Cucumber, diced or sliced into half moons
  • Red onion (optional), diced
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 Tbsp. Sumac (substitute lemon zest and salt)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Feta cheese

Directions

  • Chop vegetables as directed.
  • Combine in a bowl.
  • Add olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice and sumac.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Top with feta cheese.

Posted by Kids Cook on Monday, March 30, 2020

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Expanded Learning Opportunities

– Did you try spice painting already?
– Use your leftover cucumber and lemon pieces to make a refreshing cucumber water.
– Find some other ways to use sumac (hint, it’s great on popcorn and roasted chickpeas)
– Learn about all the seeds we eat

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Main Dishes Pasta Recipes

Baked Ziti

Second meal prep recipe of the week! This is a super easy make ahead recipe that can be doubled or tripled for the exhausted days ahead. Add in cooked ground beef or sausage for a hearty entree or mix in some spinach for extra veggies.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pasta, cooked
  • 1 jar of good quality pasta sauce (or use homemade) We love Rao’s!
  • 1 tub (15 oz.) ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pound italian sausage, browned (optional)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. After straining, lightly toss pasta with olive oil to prevent sticking.
  • Spread a thin layer of sauce in a 9×13 dish (or two 8×8 dishes).
  • Mix together ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, egg and salt and pepper.
  • Add pasta to cheese mixture and toss to combine.
  • If using sausage, combine the sausage and sauce.
  • Add half the pasta to baking dish. Spoon half of the remaining sauce on top, then top with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Repeat with a layer of pasta, then sauce, then mozzarella.
  • Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.

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Recipes Snacks

Breakfast Banana Split

A hardy snack or healthy breakfast, these banana splits are a quick and easy treat to make. This recipes is full of easy swaps you can make depending on what you have at home — substitute an apple or orange for the banana, yogurt could be replaced with cottage cheese, sweetened ricotta cheese or even ice cream, use any combination of berries (even frozen ones!) and top with granola, crushed up cereal, cookies, mini chocolate chips or nuts!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup greek yogurt (any flavor)
  • ¼ cup blackberries
  • ¼ cup raspberries
  • ½ cup granola
  • optional: strawberry jam, honey, mini chocolate chips or any other preferred toppings

Directions

  • Slice banana in half lengthwise and place in a bowl.
  • Add a few scoops of yogurt and, if using, top with jam or honey.
  • Spread berries along top the yogurt and sprinkle with granola.
  • Add chocolate chips and any other preferred toppings and enjoy!

Posted by Kids Cook on Thursday, March 26, 2020

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Main Dishes Pork Recipes

Dinner Prep: Sheet Pan Shake and Bake Pork Chops

This isn’t a recipe I created, but it is one that my family loves. It was originally created by Damn Delicious, one of my favorite blogs to find tasty, family-friendly recipes. This dish is easy enough that young chefs can help with the preparation, or older kids could cook this with some help. I’ll list the ingredients below with some suggestions for replacements if your grocery store isn’t as well-stocked as normal.

Ingredients

  • Bone-in Pork Chops (thick cut works best) — or substitute bone-in chicken or pork tenderloin
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups panko or substitute seasoned panko or bread crumbs and eliminate the spices below
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp parsley
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. brussels sprouts, cut in half (substitute these potatoes if you don’t prefer brussels sprouts
  • 1 apple, cut into wedges (substitute peppers, broccoli or cauliflower and omit the brown sugar below)
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp rosemary

Directions

  • Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly oil with cooking spray.
  • Combine brussels sprouts, apple, brown sugar, rosemary in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread on prepared baking sheet.
  • Whisk together eggs and milk in a shallow dish. In second shallow dish, combine panko and seasonings (excluding rosemary). Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • One at a time, dip a pork chop into the egg mixture, then dredge in panko or breadcrumbs, pressing to coat.
  • Add pork chops to the baking sheet.
  • When ready to cook, preheat oven to 425. Bake for 20-24 minutes, turning the pork chops half way through. Pork should reach an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.

Credit to Damn Delicious. Original recipe here.

Well, our video apparently went live on the wrong page! Sorry about that friends — Facebook changed their interface this morning and I guess I messed something up! I'll post the video here and link it on kids-cook.com too! See you tomorrow!

Posted by Kids Cook on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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Dessert Recipes

Coconut Snowballs

It’s Brooklyn’s birthday! In celebration of her special day, she has requested a Disney® Frozen® theme — so, what better treat than some snowballs for Olaf!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • Optional: chocolate chips, melted for coating.

Directions

  • Combine ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well mixed and the mixture sticks together.
  • Roll into 1″ balls.
  • Roll in additional coconut to look like snowballs
  • Chill on wax paper for at least an hour.
  • Optional: once chilled, dip into melted chocolate and let set.

Posted by Kids Cook on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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Recipes Side Dishes

Corn and Bacon Saute

Ingredients

  • 3 strips of bacon, chopped
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • green onion, sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 10 oz. package of frozen corn

Directions

  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add in chopped bacon.
  • Once bacon has crisped, remove bacon from the pan and add in the shallot and white parts of the green onion.
  • Cook until shallot is caramelized and add in the red pepper.
  • Once the red pepper has softened (5-6 minutes), return bacon to the pan, add frozen corn. Season with salt and pepper and green onions.
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate until dinner and reheat in the microwave or stove.

Posted by Kids Cook on Monday, March 23, 2020

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Dessert

Strawberry Shortcake

Ingredients

  • 1 pint of Strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Ladyfingers, cut into four pieces (or use leftover cake, graham crackers, cookies)
  • Whipped cream

Directions

  • Slice strawberries and place in a bowl
  • Sprinkle with sugar and allow them to sit in the fridge for several hours.
  • When ready to serve, slice lady fingers into small pieces (or break up cookies/crackers)
  • Divide ladyfinger pieces into four bowls
  • Add strawberries and any accumulated juices
  • Top with whipped cream

Posted by Kids Cook on Friday, March 20, 2020

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Recipes Side Dishes

Veggie Kabobs

Print out a kid-friendly version of this recipe here!

Ingredients

This recipe works with whatever you have on hand, but we’re using:

Directions

  • Cut vegetables as directed
  • Thread vegetables onto skewers (make a pattern!)
  • Brush with marinade or seasoning
  • Grill on medium, turning to cook evenly or roast in the oven on 400 for 10-12 minutes.

Posted by Kids Cook on Thursday, March 19, 2020

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Expanded Learning Opportunities

Activities
Pattern Snakes
Shape Scavenger Hunt
– Plant (or Start) a Vegetable Garden
– Play Sequence or Connect Four! (Parent Resource: What is the Difference Between a Pattern and a Sequence)

Categories
Recipes Seasonings

Taco Seasoning

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

  • Mix together all spices.
  • Store in an airtight container or spice jar.

Today's recipe: taco seasoning

Posted by Kids Cook on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

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Expanded Learning Opportunities

Bonus Recipes!

Activities
– Homemade Spiced Playdoh
Spice Painting
Spice It Up – Smell spices — where do you recognize this smell from?
How many parts make a whole?
Dry Your Own Spices
– Plant herb seeds for spring!

Categories
Recipes Side Dishes

Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1# Red Bliss Potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions

  • Cut potatoes into small chunks and place in a bowl or gallon plastic bag
  • Coat with olive oil
  • Add in parmesan cheese, paprika, salt and pepper
  • Shake bag (or stir) to coat
  • Pour contents onto a very well greased cookie sheet
  • Roast in oven at 425 for 30 minutes, turning halfway through

Posted by Kids Cook on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

See the original video of this recipe here.

Expanded Learning Opportunities

Little Kids
– Counting (How many potatoes? Cut them. How many now?)
– Use words like big and small, more and less to build math literacy
– Taste different spices in the pantry
– Look at a world map and talk about the different countries
– Grow a potato in water (https://sciencing.com/grow-potato-water-science-project-623…)

Bigger Kids
– Talk about fractions and units of measurement
– Research Ireland
– Learn about the Irish Potato Famine