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Building a Child’s Independence Part 2 – In the Kitchen

10 Apr

Working on building independence in our kitchen is always a tricky affair – especially having a 5 year-old and a two year-old – what the 5 year-old is able to do is not always what a 2 year-old should be doing.  But we’ve found some ways to balance both.  There are three things to think of when planning kitchen independence:

  1. Access – what should the kids have access to?  This also includes items they can help unload and put away from the dishwasher, as well as items they need to eat or drink.
  2. Capability – Can your child operate the toaster?  Can he/she make their own sandwiches, or pour milk to drink or for cereal?
  3. Responsibility –  Part of this is the ability to clean up after themselves (unfortunately spills will happen A LOT – so they need access to rags/paper towels) , as well as what expectations you have – are your kids responsible for setting up the table?  Then they need access to plates, napkins and utensils etc.

Here are a couple of things we’ve used or done —

My then 2 1/2 year old on our learning tower cooking fun!

LEARNING TOWER

We love our learning tower!  It actually can support both our kids (although shoving does happen).  This tower enables kids to stand at level with kitchen counters.  They love watching me cook – it does teach self-control as well – since my kids know they can’t be touching and moving everything when I’m cooking.  They have helped me chop vegetables, stir batter etc. on this.  I’ve also placed this by our island so they get to work on puzzles or color while I putter around… The tower has 4 levels so you can adjust as your child grows.  My kids have slid in and out of this and it has proven to be pretty sturdy.

THE PLATES/CUPS AND UTENSILS DRAWERS

Our kid kitchen drawers - plates, bowls, cups, utensils (in their own little plastic container bought at a dollar store)

We’ve moved three times and all three times I’ve been able to find a spot in the kitchen for a drawer or cabinet where the kids can access their own bowls/plates/cups/utensils.  Another plus is they empty the dishwasher and know where they can put their stuff back – our toddler has been doing this since she’s been able to grasp and walk (with varying degrees of success but she does it nonetheless).  I’ve found that the fear of little fingers getting squished to not be an issue.  It is important you show them first how to reach in, where things are and how to close the drawer.  My oldest has never caught her fingers in the drawer and my toddler did it once (and never again, she’s figured to close the drawer with her little belly instead while holding her plate and cup in both hands LOL).  Kids are resilient and rise to the occasion when given the chance.

Kid-Friendly KITCHEN TOOLS

Stainless Steel Chopper — We’ve used our so much I’m not even going to show a photo of it – mine is Farberware but I can’t seem to find it on their website – But they had it in the Bed Bath and Beyond site.  You can probably find it in any major store.  Our daughters have used this to help me chop carrots and celery.  TAKE NOTE – always attended by me.  I like that they can use both hands to hold on to the handle and chop down.

Kid-sized tools – we were able to buy kid-sized rolling pins and spatulas – surprisingly they are pretty common now – I got mine at Target.  You can also get A LOT of kid-sized tools in Montessori-based catalogs (forsmallhands.com) — too cute and tempting for me ;o)

In Bed Bath and Beyond they called it the 'bash and chop'

It is important to note that Kitchen Independence does not mean overlooking safety  – we are not advocates of  ‘oh well they get hurt and they’ll learn’ , yes, kids get hurt but it is our responsibility to teach them well, set expectations and guide them.  In many ways the right way to independence (in my opinion) is harder than doing it for the kids or leaving them to fend for themselves (the two opposite ends of the independence spectrum).  It means being watchful but not hovering, guiding but not ordering.  It is a balance that I try to learn/practice everyday.

See Part 1 – Building Independence in the Bedroom and stay tuned for Part 3 – Building Independence in the Bathroom next week!

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Fun & Smart Snacks for Kids

14 Sep

 

As parents of 5 year-old and 21 month-old girls, we periodically run into a rut when it comes to snacks of quick and simple meals.  At the same time, my wife and I are softees and are okay with making food fun and interesting for our daughters.  So, I love coming across articles like the one attached below that provide great fun and nutritional ideas/recipes for kid friendly food

In our home, the Breadstick Snails, Strawberry PB Crepes, Blueberry Banana Stacks and Polka Dot Waffle Sticks are a big hit!  Another things I love about these types of recipes and ideas are that they are totally flexible:

  • On the Breadstick Snails, we have used a good squirt of organic tomato sauce and a couple of slices of cheese to make them “pizza” flavored. (Note – when using crescent rolls, you really have to use a good amount of “stuff” to get the taste in the roll!) 
  • For the Strawberry PB Crepes, we’ve also used sliced bananas or apples with the peanut butter, or switched it up with whipped cream cheese and sliced mangos!
  • Likewise, on the Blueberry Banana Stacks we have switched the fruits to what is in season and in the kitchen.  OR for a savory version, we use hummus and top with thin sliced cucumber or zucchini and black olives or grape tomato!
  •  Lastly, on the Polka Dot Waffle Sticks, we’ve used peanut butter rather than cream cheese at times, and have topped them with fresh berries, diced bananas and sometimes chocolate chips!

So bottom line, use some creativity & incorporate ingredients your kid(s) like, have fun and enjoy the process and the snack/meal with your kids!

Smart Snacks for Kids

Breadstick Snails

This super snack planner — with six recipes to prepare ahead and six you can whip up in minutes — will stack the chips in favor of your kid’s health.

Breadstick Snails
Made with refrigerated breadsticks and pesto, these cute creatures can be prepared ahead and stored in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Per Piece: 96 calories; 3g fat

Get the recipe here

 
Biscotti Gone Bananas

Biscotti Gone Bananas
If your kids like banana bread, they’ll love these crispy biscotti strips. Keep them in a tightly sealed container and they’ll stay fresh for up to a week.
Nutrition Per Piece: 101 calories; 3g fat

Get the recipe here

 
Rainbow Chips & Dip

Rainbow Chips & Dip
It’s a snap to make your own chips using colorful whole-grain tortillas. This fresh pineapple salsa beats bottled dip any day. Both the chips and salsa can be made ahead for anytime snacking.
Nutrition Per Serving: 112 calories; 2g fat

Get the recipe here

 
Confetti Yogurt Pops

Confetti Yogurt Pops
Packed with antioxidants, protein, and calcium, these portable yogurt pops are a perfect on-the-go snack.
Nutrition Per Pop: 99 calories; 1g fat

Get the recipe here

 
Cranberry-Apricot Granola Bars

Cranberry-Apricot Granola Bars
Dried apricots, cranberries, and cinnamon sweeten up these fiber-rich granola bars.
Nutrition Per Bar: 157 calories; 5g fat

Get the recipe here

 
Fruit & Cheese Kabobs

Fruit & Cheese Kabobs
Create these fun shapes using your child’s favorite cookie cutters. You can also mix things up by substituting different kinds of fruit.
Nutrition Per Serving: 99 calories; 6g fat

Get the recipe here

 
Starry Chocolate Fruit

Starry Chocolate Fruit
Kids can help with this five-minute snack. Just set out the melted chocolate and let them dip in the fruit.
Nutrition Per Serving: 134 calories; 8g fat

Get the recipe here

 
No-Bake Peach Crisp

No-Bake Peach Crisp
Ready in no time, this cinnamon-peach crisp is topped with low-fat vanilla yogurt.
Nutrition Per Serving: 101 calories; 1g fat

Get the recipe here

 
Strawberry PB Crepes

Strawberry PB Crepes
Filled with peanut butter and chopped strawberries, these bite-size crepes are an excellent source of protein.
Nutrition Per Serving: 125 calories; 9g fat

Get the recipe here

 
Blueberry-Banana Stacks

Blueberry-Banana Stacks
Mini popcorn cakes are the perfect base for these tiny towers of strawberry cream cheese, bananas, and blueberries.
Nutrition Per Serving: 114 calories; 6g fat

Get the recipe here

 
Monarch Munchies

Monarch Munchies
Loaded with iron, these little munchies are almost as fun to make as they are to eat.
Nutrition Per Serving: 104 calories; 4g fat

Get the recipe here

 
Polka-Dot Waffle Sticks

Polka-Dot Waffle Sticks
These sweet treats can be made on the fly. Just cover whole-grain waffles with reduced-fat cream cheese and top with jelly.
Nutrition Per Serving: 134 calories; 6g fat

Originally published in the April 2009 issue of Parents magazine.

Get the recipe here

 

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Better than Bread & Butter: New Sandwich Ideas Kids Will LOVE!

13 Jul

Change is good, try new things, be creative, shake things up, variety is the spice of life!  Here’s some great (easy & simple) sandwich ideas from Parents.Com that kids will love.

My daughters’ favorite “new” sandwiches are cream cheese or hummus with thinly sliced cucumber (I use a vegetable peeler and press hard to make a thick fine slice) and peanut butter with thinly sliced apple!  So, get creative and use some of your kid’s favorite things to make new healthy sandwiches!  Bon appetite!

Let’s Do Lunch

Veggie cream cheese and cucumber sandwich
Bread and Better

Kids love PB&Js…but there are tons of other fun sandwich combos.

Veggie cream cheese and cucumber

Tuna salad and sliced tomato sandwich

Tuna salad and a sliced tomato

Almond butter with slivered almonds and dried cranberries

Almond butter with slivered almonds and dried cranberries

Hummus and chopped pepper sandwich

Hummus and chopped peppers

Apple butter and fresh apple slices

Apple butter and fresh apple slices

Whipped cream cheese and fresh blueberries

Whipped cream cheese and fresh blueberries

The Laughing Cow light spreadable cheese with ham and grated carrot

The Laughing Cow light spreadable cheese with ham and grated carrot

Blueberry cream cheese and strawberry slices

Blueberry cream cheese and strawberry slices

Reduced-sugar jam and cream cheese

Reduced-sugar jam and cream cheese

Originally published in the September 2007 issue of Parents magazine.

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How to Make Your Kid’s Food More Nutritious!

11 Jul

Do you struggle at times to add more nutrition to your kid’s diet?  My wife and I do.    Here’s a few tricks that work well for us with some of our daughters’ favorite dishes:

  • Macaroni & Cheese, add a jar/container of baby food to the sauce – either pureed carrots or squash work great.  Also, add some nutritional yeast, a powder or flake commonly used by vegetarians, it’s a source of vitamins & protein and has a nutty/buttery/cheesy taste.
  • Spaghetti – break out the food processor and puree frozen spinach, broccoli and/or carrots then add it to the sauce.  Aside from tomato sauce, this adds more vegetables to the meal.
  • Fried rice – we typically use frozen green peas, corn and diced carrots to our fried rice, as well as diced scrambled eggs, and sometimes my wife will also chop up broccoli (frozen or fresh) and add it to dish.  Another nutritional enhancement to this simple dish is to add quinoa to your rice and cook it together, this grain has essential amino acids like lysine and good quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron.
  • With nutritional yeast, you can also add it to other savory dishes and use it as a seasoning for popcorn, vegetables, etc!

I also found this great article at Parents.Com with easy tips to make some of the most popular kid foods more nutritious!  Check it out & try it out!

Make Kid Foods More Nutritious

juice
Juice
  • Save juice boxes and pouches for road trips, and limit fruit juice at home to 4 to 6 ounces day — it’s full of sugar and calories, and kids can get vitamin C from healthier whole fruit (and vegetables too).
  • Make a small serving go farther by diluting juice with water. Or pop a couple of frozen juice cubes — each cube holds an ounce — into flavored seltzer for a fizzy, low-sugar treat.
  • When you do give juice, opt for OJ: It boasts folate and potassium, and the kids’ versions are fortified with calcium and vitamins A and E.
pizza
Pizza

* When ordering, ask for a pizza “easy on the cheese” or with “half the usual amount of cheese.” Also, pick thin crust over thick to slash about 80 calories per slice.

* Vitamin-rich veggies are the most nutritious topping, but if your family wants meat, your best options are chicken or ham (pepperoni, though still high in fat, is slightly leaner than sausage).

* Pass up high-damage extras like cheese-stuffed crusts or breadsticks, and serve a bagged salad on the side instead.

* Our favorite healthy idea: Make your own pizza with a packaged whole wheat crust (4 grams of fiber per serving) topped with spaghetti sauce and part-skim mozzarella, or give your kids whole wheat pitas and let them choose their own veggie topping.

french fries

* At the drive-thru, order the smallest size — and share them.

* You’ll do better with frozen fries from the store: They have about half the fat of restaurant taters, though ones labeled “battered” and “extra crispy” tend to be higher in fat. Scan labels for trans fats, since many brands have up to 3.5 grams per serving (McCain is one brand that’s trans fat free).

* To really trim the fat, cut potatoes into wedges or sticks, toss with a couple of teaspoons of olive oil, and bake on a sheet at 400 degrees F. for about 20 minutes. Sweet potatoes are a fun twist, and you’ll more than meet your child’s daily vitamin A needs.

ice cream

* Stick to basics when you take the kids out for ice cream: The more bells and whistles inside and on top of their ice cream — chocolate coating, candy-bar pieces, caramel swirls — the higher the calories and fat.

* Go for light ice cream, which has about half the fat of regular. Better yet, get a scoop of frozen yogurt — it delivers even fewer calories, has little if any fat, and is actually a good source of calcium. (A half-cup scoop equals a serving.)

* For desserts at home, buy light ice cream sandwiches, fudge pops, or ice pops, all of which are low in calories and fat.

macaroni and cheese

* Making the boxed kind? Use skim milk and reduce the margarine from 4 tablespoons to 1 to save about 100 calories and 10 grams of fat per cup.

* Mix up your own with a sauce of skim milk, margarine, and flour — then melt in shredded or sliced cheese (let your kids pick their favorites). Boil up whole wheat noodles for 6 grams of filling fiber per cup. For a real nutrition boost, stir in some broccoli florets and diced carrots.

cookies
Cookies

* Watching portion size is the key with cookies. Most contain roughly the same amount of sugar, but serving sizes vary widely: 10 animal crackers, eight vanilla wafers, four gingersnaps, three chocolate sandwich cookies, or two sheets of graham crackers all equal about 150 calories.

* Does your child want a bigger portion? Choose Teddy Grahams: They’re lower in sugar and fortified with calcium, with only about five calories per bear.

* For no-brainer portion control, give your kids one of the new 100-calorie snack packs. And look for whole-grain versions of Fig Newtons and Chips Ahoy! — each serving has 2 grams of fiber.

chicken nuggets

* Nuggets pack a lot of fat, whether they’re from the drive-thru or the freezer section. (About five nuggets can have almost half of your child’s daily fat allowance!) You can save a couple of grams by choosing ones made with only breast meat — and chicken patties have a bit less too.

* Faux chicken nuggets (made with vegetable protein) taste like the real deal but save loads of fat per serving.

* Make your own nearly-fat-free chicken fingers by dipping skinless tenderloins in egg whites, rolling them in bread crumbs and “frying” them on the stove in a nonstick skillet (add a bit of canola oil or cooking spray). Give your kids barbecue sauce or low-fat ranch dressing for dipping.

Copyright © 2007. Used with permission from the November 2007 issue of Parents magazine.

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Let Your Kids into the Kitchen – They will Learn, Help & Have Fun!

1 Jul
Modern kitchen

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My 5.75 year-old daughter, Julia, has asked to “help” in the kitchen since she was 3 years old or so.  Rather than always say no, my wife and I found it best to allow her to enthusiastically help – it may take a little (sometimes a lot) longer and it usually does mean more (sometimes much more) to clean up, but my wife and I find that letting her help in the kitchen gives her pride in participating, which encourages her to eat and there are other lessons learned and quality time spent together.

The following is a random list of some of the things Julia helps with:

  • Help measure/scoop dry ingredients (i.e. rice, flour, sugar, salt, etc.) into a bowl or pot/pan or measure/pour (not hot) liquids with guidance from adult.
  • Help stir or mix.
  • Help “chop” veggies for soup, stew, salad, stir-fry.  We let Julia use a stainless steel scrapper/chopper to cut veggies – works well and no sharp dangerous blade.
  • She can make her own PBJ or toast or ham & cheese sandwich – after a couple of times she learned not to put so much peanut butter, jelly or mayo on a slice of bread – learning through experience!
  • Help wash fresh fruits and veggies.
  • Help roll out cookie dough, select the cookie cutters, cut out the cookie shapes and of course decorate.
  • Help empty the dishwasher (excluding knives) and just over the past several months she wants to help rinse and scrub the dishes before they go into the dishwasher!

Once Julia was 5, she started helping me make her pasta salad.  I would cook the pasta, drain and cool it,but she would help cut a block of cheese into cubes while I would open a can of vacuumed packed corn and bring out the dressing and seasonings.  She would help add and mix the ingredients and be the ‘official taste tester’!  It’s fun to get her involved and she has pride and ownership in her school lunch for the next day!

Regarding the “learning” aspect of kids helping in the kitchen, Parents.Com has the following article which has some good examples!

Cooking School: Learning in the Kitchen

While you’re stirring up soup or making a batch of cookies, let the little ones into the kitchen for some tasty, hands-on learning.

By Kathleen M. Reilly; Photos by Lucy Schaeffer

Parents

Kitchen as Classroom

Having a pint-size sous chef “helping” you in the kitchen while you’re racing to get dinner on the table isn’t, at first blush, the greatest idea of all time. But your kid will love it, and with a little planning so will you. Will things get messy? Probably. But you’ll be building a foundation for knowledge that will last long after the splatters are wiped away. “Young kids get so much out of being in the kitchen,” explains Mollie Katzen, coauthor of the preschool cookbook Pretend Soup. “They develop dexterity through activities like kneading dough and cracking eggs. And they also get an educational boost in areas such as science, math, and language.” So break out the aprons and let’s get cooking!

Fun for the Little Kids

The Big Bang

It’s practically a rite of passage: the baby on the floor pulling all the pots and pans out of the cupboard. Silence your inner control freak! Hand him a wooden spoon, and let him bang to his heart’s content. Cook to the beat, and when it’s cleanup time, help him sort by size, match lids to pots, and put everything back where it belongs.

Go Dough Nuts

While you’re making a homemade piecrust, bread, or cookies, tear off a small piece of dough and give it to your kid to squish around or pat into her own pretend pie. Even if you’re not much of a baker, why not keep a roll of store-bought dough in the fridge — your child will enjoy creating play pastries and pizzas while you’re busy getting real dinner ready.

Water Works

Set your child up at the sink so he can fill and empty different-size plastic containers — he’ll be learning about the concept of volume. Add small objects like measuring spoons and rubber spatulas so he can guess: float or sink? Squirt in a little dish soap and get scientific: Why do bubbles float? How long will it take before they pop?

Butter Up!

Pour room-temperature heavy cream into a small plastic tub, leaving it about 1/3 empty. Take turns shaking the container. When you no longer hear a swishing sound, let your child have a peek — you’ve made whipped cream! (A small taste is in order.) Shake some more, wait for a thudlike sound — and voila: a hunk of butter! It will be surrounded by some sour liquid — buttermilk. After you and your kid are done being amazed, rinse the butter in cold water to get rid of the buttermilk. Then it’s ready to eat.

For the Bigger Kids

Breaking News

Make your child Chief Egg Cracker. Author Mollie Katzen suggests letting kids break an egg over a pie plate to contain any drips. Show your child how to give a good hard thwack with a spoon. Have a damp paper towel at the ready as little kids tend not to like getting sticky egg white on their hands (and raw eggs can contain salmonella, so you want to keep your child’s hands clean as he works). Transfer each egg into another bowl before breaking the next one, to avoid contaminating the entire batch with a rotten one or a wayward shell.

Count On It

Whatever you’re cookin’ up, there are bound to be fractions (“How many quarter-cups does it take to fill a one-cup measure?”), simple calculations (“If we use four eggs, how many will we have left?”), and compare and contrasts (“Which is heavier — the sugar or the flour?”). Another important math skill: creating and replicating patterns. Hello, kabobs! Skewers can be made with fruit, vegetables, cooked meat, cheese. And threading builds fine motor skills (use coffee stirrers to make this safe for all ages).

The Whys Have It

For your budding scientist, the kitchen is a lab where wild chemical interactions result in more than dinner. It’s easy to take it all for granted, but once you start posing questions, so will your child. How does the microwave work so quickly? Why does the soup “move” when it’s cooking and stand still when it’s cold? How come you can smell cookies baking all the way upstairs? Why indeed! Answers to these and other fascinating questions can be found at the kid- (and mom-) friendly Web site exploratorium.edu/cooking.

Alphabet Soup

Your kitchen is a hands-on reading buffet. Challenge your child to pick out ingredients from the pantry: “Quick, find me something that begins with the letter P.” Or when she brings you a box of spaghetti have her point out the word pasta. All the while, she’s honing her prereading skills, and you have someone to fetch everything you need to get dinner on the table.

Two Treats to Try

Tea Off

Don’t let your yummy homemade butter go to waste. Make sweet and savory mini sandwiches and have a tea party.

  • Homemade butter (at room temperature)
  • Salt in a slow shaker
  • Jam
  • Whole wheat bread, graham crackers, or both
  • Optional: sliced cucumbers, sliced bananas

 Savory Sandwiches

Ask your child to shake a small bit of salt onto half the butter, then mix with a rubber spatula. Have him spread a slice of bread or a cracker with butter. Top with cucumbers, if you like. Close the sandwich, and if you’ve used bread, have your kid press lightly to flatten. Get fancy by cutting off the crusts or using cookie cutters to make fun shapes.

Sweet Sandwiches

Butter the bread or cracker and add a dollop of jam. Top with banana or other sliced fruit and another slice of bread or cracker. Serve tea or water in fancy cups, and invite a special friend over to share.

Willy-Nilly ‘Dilly

Help your young chef create her own special quesadilla.

  • 2 flour tortillas
  • Grated cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado (sliced by your child), salsa, and sour cream as toppings
  • 3 fillings of the chef’s choosing — we like to pick one from each section:a)beans (black, red, white, baked), rice, lentilsb)shredded chicken, sliced hard-boiled egg, turkey, or salamic) any steamed or sauteed vegetable (such as broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots), peppers, and olives

Once you and your child have assembled the fillings, have her sprinkle (or spread) a tortilla with cheese and then layer with the fillings. A final layer of cheese keeps it “glued” together. Top with second tortilla. Let your kid spray a skillet with cooking oil, then you take over heating on a medium flame, flipping once. Give to your child to garnish. Together use a pizza cutter to divide.

Parents

7 Kitchen Safety Rules

  1. Tuck back long hair and wear short sleeves.
  2. Wash hands often.
  3. Keep pot handles turned away from edge of stove.
  4. Store a fire extinguisher in an easily accessible spot.
  5. Use a butter knife for cutting practice.
  6. Have adults take things off the stove and out of the oven, food processor, or blender.
  7. Keep all your small appliances unplugged.

Originally published in the March 2009 issue of Parents magazine.

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Make Lunch like a Celebrity Chef!

16 Jun

Do you and/or your kids have “fancy” taste buds?  In the mood for something new, different and yummy?  Check out the lunch recipes from celebrity chefs in the following Parents.Com article!  Give it a whirl and treat yourself/your family to a celebrity lunch box!

The Kale Chips are a tasty healthy alternative to store-bought chips – a great switch for a crunchy and savory snack!  My kids LOVE the pineapple dip – works great as a spread on sandwiches as well as a dip for fish sticks, chicken tenders, etc.  Also, my kids love cheese, so the baked mozzarella sticks are such a nice healthier option to traditional fried ones!!!

 

Pack Lunch Like a Celebrity Chef

Chef Cat Cora

Her kids: sons Zoran, 7, Caje, 3, Thatcher, 1-1/2, and Nash, 1
Claim to fame: only female Iron Chef on Iron Chef America; the owner of Kouzzina by Cat Cora restaurant at Walt Disney World BoardWalk Resort

Click “next” to see what Cat Cora packs her kids for lunch!

Even more recipes from Cat Cora.

Whole Grain Hummus Sandwich With Veggies
Cat Cora’s Whole Grain Hummus Sandwich with Veggies

Menu note: Hummus is a tasty protein alternative to lunch meat, and olives add an antioxidant boost.

Get the Whole Grain Hummus Sandwich with Veggies recipe here.

Trail-Mix Popcorn
Cat Cora’s Trail Mix Popcorn

Menu note: Only serve popcorn to kids over 4.

Get the Trail Mix Popcorn recipe here.

Chef Richard Blais

His kid: daughter Riley, 2
Claim to fame: concept Chef at FLIP Burger Boutique in Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama; veteran of Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Iron Chef America, and Food Detectives

Click “next” to see Richard Blais’ original lunch recipe!

Visit Richard Blais’ website.

Tropical Turkey Spring Rolls
Richard Blais’ Tropical Turkey Spring Rolls

Menu note: When your kid is bored with sandwiches, a crunchy wrap is a game changer. These also can be sliced into pinwheels.

Get the Tropical Turkey Spring Rolls recipe here.

Chef Candace Nelson

Her kid: a 3-year-old son
Claim to fame: founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes, The Original Cupcake Bakery; judge on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars

Click “next” to see Candace Nelson’s creative lunch recipes!

Learn more about Sprinkles Cupcakes.

Aloha Chicken With Pineapple Dip
Candace Nelson’s Aloha Chicken with Pineapple Dip

Menu note: Kids will love being able to pull out a lunch that they can dip into.

Get the Aloha Chicken with Pineapple Dip recipe here.

Crunchy Baked Mozzarella Sticks
Candace Nelson’s Crunchy Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Menu note: Mozzarella is a great source of calcium.

Get the Crunchy Baked Mozzarella Sticks recipe here.

Chef Sam Kass
Sam Kass

Claim to fame: assistant White House chef; Mrs. Obama’s food initiative coordinator

Menu note: Kass used these recipes to feed local kids at an event on the South Lawn of the White House to kick off First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign.

Click “next” to see what Kass served for lunch on the White House lawn!

Learn more about Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign.

Grilled Chicken Salad With Herb Sherry Vinaigrette
Sam Kass’ Grilled Chicken Salad with Herb Sherry Vinaigrette

Menu note: If you don’t have chicken, sub in tofu.

Get the Grilled Chicken Salad with Herb Sherry Vinaigrette recipe here.

A Presidential Veggie Dip
Sam Kass’ A Presidential Veggie Dip

Menu note: Try adding a spice such as cumin or paprika.

Get the recipe for A Presidential Veggie Dip here.

Chef Hugo Matheson
Hugo Matheson

His kids: twin boys Oliver and Rory, 7
Claim to fame: executive chef and co-owner of The Kitchen, an eco-friendly restaurant in Boulder

Click “next” to see what Hugo Matheson packs his boys for lunch!

Click here to learn more about Matheson’s restaurant The Kitchen.

Ham and Cucumber Sarnie
Hugo Matheson’s Ham & Cucumber Sarnie

Menu note: This sandwich’s name is English and it’s loaded with protein and healthy whole grains.

Get the Ham and Cucumber Sarnie recipe here.

Chef Elana Amsterdam
Elana Amsterdam

Her kids: sons Jacob, 11, and Ethan, 10
Claim to fame: creator of Elana’s Pantry, devoted to gluten-free resources including family-friendly recipes, ingredient-selection ideas, and preparation tips; author of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook

Click “next” the see what Elana Amsterdam serves her sons for lunch!

Visit Elana’s Pantry.

Vanilla Almond Butter and Banana Sandwich
Elana Amsterdam’s Vanilla Almond Butter & Banana Sandwich

Menu note: Almonds are a great source of vitamin E.

Get the Vanilla Almond Butter and Banana Sandwich recipe here.

Krispy Kale Chips
Elana Amsterdam’s Krispy Kale Chips

Menu note: They’re as yummy as regular potato chips, but they pack an incomparable nutritional punch.

Get the recipe for Krispy Kale Chips recipe here.

Chef Ellie Krieger
Ellie Krieger

Her kid: 8-year-old daughter, Bella
Claim to fame: registered dietitian; best-selling author of So Easy; host of Food Network’s Healthy Appetite

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Visit Ellie Krieger’s website.

Black-Bean Salsa and Tortilla
Ellie Krieger’s Black Bean Salsa & Tortillas

Menu note: Kids will love the idea of eating chips and salsa for lunch.

Get the recipe for Black Bean Salsa and Tortillas here.

Shannon Seip & Kelly Parthen
Shannon Seip & Kelly Parthen

Shannon Seip’s kids: sons Issac, 6-1/2, and Bini, 4-1/2
Kelly Parthen’s kids: son Kale, 5, and daughter Makena, 3
Claim to fame: co-owners of Bean Sprouts, a healthy cafe for kids and parents; authors of Bean Appetit: Hip & Healthy Ways to Have Fun with Food, a family cookbook

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Learn more about Bean Sprouts here.Buy a copy of Bean Appetit here.

Fla-Mango Soup
Shannon Seip & Kelly Parthen’s Fla-Mango Soup

Menu note: Mango is an excellent source of vitamin C.

Excerpted from Bean Appetit: Hip & Healthy Ways to Have Fun with Food by Shannon Payette Seip and Kelly Parthen, © 2009 reprinted with permission from Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Get the Fla-Mango Soup recipe here.

Chef Aviva Goldfarb
Aviva Goldfarb

Her kids: ages 13 and 11
Claim to fame: author and cofounder of The Six O’clock Scramble an online weekly menu planner and cookbook; author of the cookbook, SOS! The Six O’clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Meals for Busy Families

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Learn more about The Six O’clock Scramble.

Ravioli Soup With Grated Zucchini
Aviva Goldfarb’s Ravioli Soup with Grated Zucchini

Menu note: Serve with celery filled with Boursin light herbed cheese or cream cheese.

Get the Ravioli Soup with Grated Zucchini recipe here.

Chef Amy Scherber
Amy Scherber

Her Kid: Son Harry, 5
Claim to Fame: Owner and founder of Amy’s Bread, a nationally-recognized bakery/café; co-author of cookbooks The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread and Amy’s Bread

Click “next” to see what Amy makes her son for lunch!

Learn more about Amy’s Bread here.

Brown Rice With Broccoli and Tofu
Amy Scherber’s Brown Rice With Broccoli and Tofu

Menu note: Not a fan of tofu? Use chicken instead.

Get the Brown Rice With Broccoli and Tofu recipe here.

Chef Julie Van Rosendaal
Julie Van Rosendaal

Her kid: son Willem, 4
Claim to fame: author of best-selling cookbooks One Smart Cookie, Starting Out, and Grazing; food and nutrition columnist on The Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One; cohost of It’s Just Food on the Viva television network; a contributor to the new online food show Good Bite; and blogger for her blog Dinner with Julie

Click “next” to see what Julie makes her son for lunch!

Check out Julie’s food blog.

Chicken Hummus Wrap
Chicken Hummus Wrap

Menu note: Packed with protein, this wrap will keep your student full and focused during the school day.

Get the Chicken Hummus Wrap recipe here.

Chef Ana Sortun
Ana Sortun

Her kid: daughter Siena, 4
Claim to fame: owner and head chef at Oleana and Sofra; opened restaurants Moncef Medeb’s Aigo Bistro, 8 Holyoke, and Casablanca in Massachusetts; author of SPICE: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean; named Best Chef: Northeast honor in 2005 from the James Beard foundation

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Check out Ana Sortun’s restaurant Oleana.

Carrot Salad With GInger
Ana Sortun’s Carrot Salad with Ginger

Menu note: Serve with whole wheat pita bread.

Get the Carrot Salad with Ginger recipe here.

Chef Cathal Armstrong
Cathal Armstrong

His kids: daughter Eve, 11, and Son Eamonn, 9
Claim to Fame: co-owner of Restaurant Eve, Eamonn’s A Dublin Chipper (named after his children), and PX; award-winning chef

Click “next” to see what Cathal Armstrong packs his kids for lunch!

Learn more about Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Virginia.

Eamonn?s R.L.T.
Cathal Armstrong’s Eamonn’s R.L.T. (Rasher, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich)

Menu note: Rasher is a thin slice of fried or broiled bacon.

Get the Eamonn’s R.L.T. recipe here.

Chef Francisco Migoya
Francisco Migoya

His Kid: daughter Isabel, 5
Claim to Fame: associate Professor at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York; author of cookbooks Frozen Desserts and The Modern Cafe

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Visit Francisco Migoya’s blog.

Whole Wheat Mini Pita Pockets
Francisco Migoya’s Whole Wheat Mini Pita Pockets

Menu note: Can’t find mini pitas in your local grocery store? No problem! Just stuff a regular pita with these yummy ingredients.

Get the Whole Wheat Mini Pita Pocket recipe here.

Chef Chris Peitersen
Chris Peitersen

His kid: daughter Veronica, 5
Claim to Fame: executive chef for Carino’s Italian Restaurants

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Check out Chris Peitersen’s blog.

Deli-Style Turkey and Provolone Sliders
Chris Peitersen’s Deli-Style Turkey and Provolone Sliders

Menu note: This recipe is great for using up leftover turkey breast.

Get the Deli-Style Turkey and Provolone Slider recipe here.

Pizza Pasta Salad
Chris Peitersen’s Pizza Pasta Salad

Menu note: Kids love this twist on two of their favorite foods.

Get the Pizza Pasta Salad recipe here.

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Make Breakfast like a Celebrity Chef!

7 Jun

Fancy this – check out these breakfast recipes from celebrity chefs in the following Parents.Com article.  Fun, fancy and delicious!

My 5-year-old loves simple toaster waffles with PB or PB&J on it – a simple switch from the traditional sandwich and waffles with butter and syrup!

The home-made chewy granola balls (or make bars or cookie cutters for cute shapes) is simple and you put in whatever healthy & yummy stuff your kids like – i.e. yogurt covered raisins, ground flax seed, etc.

And who doesn’t like a fruit kabob – sweet seasonal fruit on a stick – make it fun and the kids will eat it – they can even make their own kabob after mom or dad has cleaned and cut the fruit up!

So change things up and be your child(ren)’s Celebrity Chef!

Breakfast Recipes from Celebrity Chefs

 

Chef Catherine McCord
Catherine McCord

Her kids: Son Kenya, 3, and daughter Chloe, 1
Claim to Fame: Founder of Weelicious.com, a healthy cooking Website; model; former MTV co-host

Click on to see Catherine McCord’s lunch ideas!

Check out Weelicious

 
Pumpkin Waffles
Catherine McCord’s Pumpkin Waffles

Recipe note: Drizzle with blueberry jam for even more flavor.

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Waffles here

 
Chewy Granola Balls
Catherine McCord’s Chewy Granola Balls

Recipe note: These homemade chewy granola balls are healthier and more cost efficient than the leading store brand granola snacks.

Get the Chewy Granola Balls recipe here

 
Chef Ana Sortun
Ana Sortun

Her kid: Daughter Siena, 4
Claim to fame: Owner and head chef at Oleana and Sofra; opened restaurants Moncef Medeb’s Aigo Bistro, 8 Holyoke, and Casablanca in Massachusetts; author of SPICE: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean; named Best Chef: Northeast honor in 2005 from the James Beard foundation

Click on to see Ana Sortun’s lunch ideas!

Check out Ana Sortun’s restaurant Oleana

 
Yogurt Parfait With Grains and Fruit Puree
Ana Sortun’s Yogurt Parfait With Grains and Fruit Puree

Recipe note: Greek-style yogurt provides more protein than traditional yogurts.

Get the Yogurt Parfait With Grains and Fruit Puree recipe here

 
Chef Cathal Armstrong
Cathal Armstrong

His kids: Daughter Eve, 11 and Son Eamonn, 9
Claim to Fame: Co-owner of Restaurant Eve, Eamonn’s A Dublin Chipper (named after his children), and PX; award-winning chef

Click on to see what Cathal Armstrong packs his kids for lunch!

Learn more about Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Va.

 
Easy-Peasy Fruit Kabobs
Cathal Armstrong’s Easy-Peasy Fruit Kabobs

Recipe note: Change up the fruit on the kabobs according to the season!

Get the Easy-Peasy Fruit Kabobs recipe here

 
Chef Chris Peitersen
Chris Peitersen

His kid: Daughter Veronica, 5
Claim to Fame: Executive chef for Carino’s Italian Restaurants

Click on to see Chris Peitersen’s lunch ideas!

Check out Chris Peitersen’s blog

 
Creamy Fruit Medley
Chris Peitersen’s Creamy Fruit Medley

Recipe note: Personalize it! Mix and match fruits, yogurt flavors, and nuts to tailor to your kids’ likes.

Get the Creamy Fruit Medley recipe here

 
Chef Kelsey Banfield
Kelsey Banfield

Her kid: Daughter Daphne, 2
Claim to Fame: Creator, The Naptime Chef, a Website with recipes, webisodes and other cooking tips

Click on the see Kelsey Banfield’s lunch ideas!

Visit The Naptime Chef

 
Zucchini-Applesauce Bread
Kelsey Banfield’s Zucchini-ApplesauceBread

Recipe note: Try a slice with a smear of low-fat cream cheese.

Get the recipe for Zucchini-Applesauce Bread here

 
Chef Connie Correia Fisher
Connie Correia Fisher

Her kids: Sons Holden, 9 and Dashiell, 4
Claim to Fame: Co-Owner of The Pop Shop in Collingswood, NJ; author of seven cookbooks

Click on to see what Connie Correia Fisher packs her boys for lunch!

Check out The Pop Shop

 
Banana Split Thermos Sundae
Connie Correia Fisher’s Banana Split Thermos Sundae

Recipe note: Regular yogurt, although it has less protein, also works in this recipe.

Copyright © 2010 Meredith Corporation.

Get the Banana Spilt Thermos Sundae recipe here

 

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