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Week 2 Meal Plan

Well, I did my best to get you a meal plan earlier, but a late grocery delivery, missing produce and proteins and pure exhaustion got the better of me. Three grocery stores later (one order pick up, one quick trip for a prescription and fill ins and one TJs run because WINE) and we finally have our week in order!

Our Meal Plan

  • TJ’s Rosemary Balsamic Steak Tips, Asparagus and Roasted Sweet Potatoes (similar technique to this recipe, but use sweet potatoes, paprika, cinnamon, chili powder and brown sugar!)
  • TJ’s Chicken Shawarma with Rice, Mediterranean Salad and Naan Bread
  • Pork Tenderloin with Rice and Green Beans
  • Breakfast for Dinner! French Toast, Bacon, Fruit Salad, Hashbrowns and an Omelet
  • Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, Corn Bread, Pickled Cucumbers and Macaroni and Cheese
  • Pasta, Salad and Garlic Bread

This Week’s Show Schedule

Monday: Mediterranean Salad
Ingredient List: Tomato, Cucumber, Onion or Scallion, Red Wine Vinegar, Olive Oil, Sumac, Lemon
Tuesday: Spinach and Banana Monster Muffins
Ingredient List: Posted here
Wednesday: Fruit Salad
Ingredient List: Any Combination of Fruit, Chia Seeds, Sugar, Orange Juice or Oranges
Thursday: Cornbread
Ingredient List: Corn Muffin Mix, Creamed Corn, Canola Oil, Sour Cream, Sea Salt, Eggs, Honey
Friday: Trail Mix Energy Balls
Ingredient List: Oats, Flax, Chia, Peanut Butter, Honey, Vanilla, Granola or Trail Mix

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Snacks

Spinach and Banana Monster Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup unsweetened applesauce (one of the single serving cups)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach (you could also add shredded carrots, zucchini, or even peppers)
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • 1⁄3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Combine the applesauce, egg, vanilla, spinach, banana, maple syrup, chia seeds, flax seeds, and coconut oil in a blender and blend until combined.
  • Combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt) in a smaller mixing bowl.
  • Pour the spinach mixture from blender into the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  • Scoop the batter into a silicone (or well greased) muffin tin.
  • Bake at 350 degrees (12-14 minutes for mini-muffins or 17-19 minutes for regular-sized muffins).
  • These freeze great in a plastic bag, just reheat in the microwave for a few seconds to serve!

Posted by Kids Cook on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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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

See the original video for this recipe here.

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– 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

See the original video of this recipe here.

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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

See the original video of this recipe here.

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Meal Plans

Week 1 Meal Plan

Each week, I’ll be posting the meal plan for my family as well as the letting you know what our Facebook Live recipes will be and the ingredients you’ll need to have on hand. If you don’t have something, feel free to reach out via email or Facebook and I’ll help you come up with a substitution.

I plan our meals and grocery list via Plan to Eat, which has been a huge time saver for me.

Our Meal Plan

This Week’s Show Schedule

Monday: Corn and Bacon Saute
Ingredient List: Bacon, Shallot or Onion, Red Pepper, Scallion and Frozen Corn
Tuesday: Brooklyn’s Birthday Show! Coconut Snowballs
Ingredient List: Coconut, Maple Syrup (or honey, agave, simple syrup), Coconut Oil, Vanilla Extract, Salt, Optional: Chocolate Chips
Wednesday: Damn Delicious’ Sheet Pan Shake and Bake Pork Chops (Video Here)
Ingredient List: See recipe, but here are some easy substitutions: bone in chicken instead of pork, seasoned bread crumbs instead of panko, potatoes in place of apple or brussels sprouts
Thursday: Healthy Breakfast Banana Splits
Ingredient List: Banana, Berries, Yogurt or Cottage Cheese or Sweetened Ricotta, Jelly, Granola
Friday: Baked Ziti
Ingredient List: Cooked Pasta, Sauce (Jarred or Homemade), Ricotta Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Italian Seasoning

Weekend: Spinach and Banana Monster Muffins
Ingredient List: Applesauce, Banana, Egg, Vanilla, Maple Syrup, Coconut Oil, Whole Wheat Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt, Optional: Chia and or Flax Seeds

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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

See the original video of this recipe here.

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