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Salad Dressing in a Jar

Salad Dressing in a Jar

02/05/2014

Salad Dressing in a Jar The easiest way for children to learn to make a salad dressing is to assemble the ingredients in a jar and give it a really good shake. Dressings need a really good mix in order to emulsify, and shaking it is quite a good way to do that without getting an achey arm whisking or splashing everywhere. This video version from Look and Taste Tips youtube channel is a mustard one (because it was made to give a great tip about using up the last sc...

Kale Crisps

Kale Crisps

25/02/2014

Kale Crisps We found these step by step instructions on how to make kale crisps on Eats Amazing. This is an interesting and tasty snack made from green kale leaves. If you haven't eaten kale chips don't be put off by what sounds like a weird snack, it really is a revelation. Quick and simple, this version has a step by step guide with added pictures at each stage to help you through the process. This is particularly good as a way of using small amounts of kale which are not en...

Hearty pinwheel pizzas

Hearty pinwheel pizzas

04/02/2014

Hearty pinwheel pizzas Pinwheels are always popular with kids because they are flaky and savoury. By rolling them in a slightly different way - rolling the two sides in to the middle rather than rolling all the way from one end, you can end up with heart shaped pinwheels instead which is a lot of fun for Valentine's Day. Pinwheel puff pastry pizzas can be made with a choice of fillings. The example we found of heart shaped ones uses a vegetarian filling - spinach, tomato and pepp...

Grilled Cheese Hearts and Soup

Grilled Cheese Hearts and Soup

04/02/2014

Grilled Cheese Hearts and Soup This is an easy lunch time meal or after school tea which uses a large heart shaped cheesy crouton toast for a Valentine's twist. One of the great things about soup is you can use any ingredients you like. The website includes a soup recipe for you to follow, but obviously you can use any red soup, home made or shop bought. You can also use any cheese for the grilled cheese too. We found this on Parenting.com. Please remember children will n...

Bagel Wreaths

Bagel Wreaths

29/11/2013

Bagel Wreath What a cool way to make an open top bagel look Christmassy! We found this version on Keeley McGuire's blog, and we love it! Top your bagel with anything you like, but make sure the top is tacky enough to stick the rocket leaves down so that they don't fall off en route to the plate. If it's for a lunch box, press the leaves on a little while the melted cheese is still gooey so they will stay put til lunch. You can find Keeley's idea - in her adorable advent...

Snowflake Quesadillas

Snowflake Quesadillas

29/11/2013

Snowflake Quesadillas This is a cool way to bring the old craft idea of making paper snowflakes into a hot savoury meal. Quesadillas use a filling between two tortilla breads and heated through on a pan. This recipe from Heavenly Homemakers cuts snowflake patterns out of the top tortilla to make a lovely melting flake. Quesadillas are normally turned halfway through to toast both sides, and this would not be possible with filling oozing through the holes. So if you want a toa...

Tuna and Cheese Fishcakes

Tuna and Cheese Fishcakes

15/11/2013

Tuna and Cheese Fishcakes What to do with leftover mash potatoes? How to get kids to eat a bit more fish? This easy kid friendly recipe from the wonderful site Eat Your Veg can help with both. It's a great recipe for kids to help with as they can assemble and mix all the ingredients, shape them into cakes and breadcrumb them. Older children can fry them under supervision, but all the other jobs are suitable for any age or stage. And you can make lots and refrigerate or freeze...

Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus

24/10/2013

Pumpkin Hummus This is a great way to use some of your roasted pumpkin flesh after you carve your pumpkin. We found it on DomesticFits blog and it's very simple to make. Add pumpkin flesh to a hummus recipe and you can use it as a delicious dip! She also suggests that you can use it as a sandwich filling or thin it down for a salad dressing. Clever! You can find the recipe here. ...

Sandwich Sushi

Sandwich Sushi

04/10/2013

Sandwich Sushi Making lunchboxes more fun (but still healthy) can sometimes be a bit of a chore. This idea from Glory's Mischief blog is easy, fun, uses normal sandwich ingredients and children can really enjoy helping to make it. The article takes you through step by step how to roll ordinary bread very thin, spread it with a suitable filling, roll it up, freeze or refrigerate, and cut into cute sections. Children can make a batch as a fun cooking activity and then freeze them ...

Fruit and cheese kebabs by two very giggly chefs

Fruit and cheese kebabs by two very giggly chefs

22/08/2013

Giggly Chefs Cook Fruit and Cheese Kebabs This is a fantastic video from "Mahtab's Big Kid Cooking Show" on YouTube. You can see first hand how much your own kids will love making these tasty snacks! It's a lovely little video with the kids laughing and enjoying themselves whilst making these healthy but very yummy kebabs and crackers. Some pre-chopping will have to be done by parents if you use fruits which are larger, but the rest can be done by the ...

Cheesy Cauliflower Dippers

Cheesy Cauliflower Dippers

13/08/2013

Cheesy Cauliflower Dippers We found this delicious recipe on the Super Healthy Kids website. This is a great way to make a crunchy snack out of a cauliflower, which you can use to dunk into a dip of your choice (for example a warm marinara sauce). Aside from one step in the middle which should not be done by children (squeezing the hot water out of the cooked cauliflowers), the rest of the recipe they can help with. There are very helpful step-by-step picture instructio...

Full English Breakfast Kebabs

Full English Breakfast Kebabs

16/07/2013

Full English Breakfast Kebabs Most kids love full English breakfasts (although not always every single item) and most kids love eating anything if it's on a skewer. So why not try this full English on a stick from BBC Good Food? Kids will have fun wrapping the bacon around the sausages and threading everything on to the stick. If your child isn't keen on mushrooms you could have extra tomatoes, or if you wanted to forego the bread roll you could also consider putting slices of coo...

Teddy Bear Toast

Teddy Bear Toast

16/07/2013

Teddy Bear Toast This is a blindlingly simple but really effective breakfast idea we found over at minieco.co.uk. It is, quite simple, toast, bananas and raisins, but it really does look like a teddy bear, doesn't it? Children can easily assemble this themselves if they see a picture to copy, and you can spread it with just butter, or with peanut butter for a bit more energy, or honey or other yummy things. Give it a try! If you want to see some different example...

Caterpillar Tortilla Rolls

Caterpillar Tortilla Rolls

09/07/2013

Caterpillar Tortilla Rolls This is another brilliant resource taken from the Nature Detectives website. It is a recipe on how to make caterpillars out of clever sliced and arranged tortilla wraps and some grapes on cocktail sticks.  We think this is a great idea because not only does it look good, but you can vary the fillings you choose to put in to suit any taste or to allow for allergies. Kids will also really enjoy making it because it is quic...

School of Fish

School of Fish

04/07/2013

School of Fish We found this fun snack on the Spoonful website. We like this idea because it is funky looking but also is a reasonably balanced snack - it includes healthy ingredients that kids will also find tasty! This bite-sized snack is great for parties, snack time in a group setting or people coming over to play.  You can find it here. ...

Pig-Headed Puffs

Pig-Headed Puffs

04/07/2013

Pig-Headed Puffs We found this delicious recipe on the brilliant Silly Chefs website. It's a lovely blog piece describing a dad cooking with his 4 year old and having a funny conversation about pigs! We like this recipe because it is simple, savoury and really does look like a pig! If your child is young enough to not understand about not eating the peppercorns (imagine how grim a whole peppercorn would be!) you could substitute the peppercorn eyes for somethi...

Crocamole

Crocamole

16/05/2013

Crocamole We found this on the Nickelodeon website, it is a really fun, kid-friendly recipe that they will definitely enjoy joining in with making, and then they will enjoy sharing it as they all pile in with celery, carrot sticks, or chips. You can find the recipe here. ...

Oven Baked BBQ Burgers

Oven Baked BBQ Burgers

22/04/2013

Oven Baked BBQ Burgers On the threefootcooks blog, Bee and Bear make oven baked burgers for their Australia Day celebrations, but these are also a great idea for when it's not barbecue weather because you can cook them in the oven. As you can see from the pictures, it is a fun recipe for children as they can handle the food and get squishy. The recipe can be found here. ...

Spinach and Walnut Pesto

Spinach and Walnut Pesto

22/04/2013

Spinach and Walnut Pesto In this recipe from the School Bites website four-year old Reese makes her own pesto using spinach, garlic and walnuts. We really liked this recipe because the pesto has a great colour, it's nice to see a change from the usual basil and pine nuts version and it is also easy to make. You can also make a big batch and freeze it. This recipe can be found here. ...

Baked Macaroni Cheese Muffin Cups

Baked Macaroni Cheese Muffin Cups

19/04/2013

Baked Macaroni Cheese Muffin Cups This handy recipe idea is from Cara Ardelean, they are mini muffin sized macaroni cheeses with pureed vegetables added to make them more nutritious. It's really easy for the kids to shape these in tins and another way to hide some veg! The pasta needs to be cooked first, but it's a great way of using up that left over pasta. This recipe can be found here. For UK readers, Canadian bacon is essentially salted ham, so use ham or bacon, whic...

Mini Meatloaves

Mini Meatloaves

19/04/2013

Mini Meatloaves Bear and Bee at threefootcooks are in the kitchen again making these great mini meatloaves. Plenty of healthy ingredients pressed in to muffin tins which is great for holding them together. Essentially it's a burger, but baked instead of fried, so they're healthier and with a yummy sauce to paint on the top of them too. This is a great recipe for sneaking in some extra veggie portions! You can find this recipe here. ...

Grilled Pepper Frogs

Grilled Pepper Frogs

12/04/2013

Grilled Pepper Frogs A great idea we found on Kids Cook Monday's page on Pinterest, frog shapes cut out of peppers to be grilled or you can eat them raw. A fun and tasty barbeque food or addition to a party table and don't just stick to green, be inventive! You can find this here. We also found this video of a child making one of these on youtube, it's a bit blurry and there's no sound but you can see all the neccesary steps. ...

Celery and Pretzel Butterflies

Celery and Pretzel Butterflies

12/04/2013

Celery and Pretzel Butterflies This recipe comes from LauraGT.com and is a great idea for some finger food whether you have guests around, or you want to brighten up the lunch table. There is no cooking involved, so they are quick and easy to make.  If cream cheese isn't your thing, you could use any kind of dip to hold the wings in place. You can find this recipe here. ...

Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites

Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites

12/04/2013

Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites We found this recipe on the Very Culinary website. It is a really fun looking recipe whether you get the kids to help you or make these while they're out and keep them guessing as to how you made them. With only 2 simple steps it is a very easy recipe with a wonderful result. Find this recipe here. ...

Taj Triangles - Easy Vegetable Samosas

Taj Triangles - Easy Vegetable Samosas

14/02/2013

Taj Triangles - Oven Baked Vegetable Samosas A brilliantly simple samosa recipe which kids can make using filo pastry, frozen chopped veg and a bit of fun folding. We found this recipe in The Minichefs Cookbook by Claire McAvoy, which is a brilliant cookbook with lots of savoury recipes as well as sweet, and some great twists on everyday food. Definitely worth having on your shelf if your kids like...

Sunshine Burgers

Sunshine Burgers

13/08/2012

Sunshine Burgers We found this recipe, which is from the CBeebies' 'I can cook' series, over on the BBC GoodFood website. We like it because it introduces children to the concept of 'free cooking'. There's not much formal measuring involved - simply split your pack of mince in half and measure the dry ingredients in handfuls. The kids can will also have great fun shaping their burgers, which are perfect for a summer barbecue. ...

Baked Dippy Eggs

Baked Dippy Eggs

14/06/2012

Baked Dippy Eggs We found this recipe, specially created for children aged 3+, over at BBC GoodFood. The kids can do pretty much all of it themselves, with just a little help from a parent when it comes to putting them into and removing them from the oven.   You can find the recipe here....

Miraculous Macaroni and Cheese

Miraculous Macaroni and Cheese

14/06/2012

Miraculous Macaroni and Cheese We found this fantastic recipe over at The Six O'clock Scramble, an invaluable website for busy mums who want to put healthy, homemade dinners on the table while preserving their sanity! The "miracle" of the recipe is that you don’t have to cook the pasta and the cheese sauce separately, and then combine them and cook them again. Simply put everything into one dish, in one go, and bake! Sounds too good to be true but it works! It is a yummy m...

Squished Tomato Pasta Sauce

Squished Tomato Pasta Sauce

10/05/2012

Squished Tomato Pasta Sauce This is a fantastic recipe we found over at BBC GoodFood, where the kids can really get stuck in! It involves squishing the tomatoes by hand, so it's a great way to get kids handling and exploring their food. Obviously it could get messy, but the result is a super healthy sauce to serve with pasta.   You can find the recipe here. ...

Painted Toast

Painted Toast

03/05/2012

Painted Toast Have a go at this simple activity to create colourful painted toast! We found this recipe over at Kids Cooking Activities. This activity encourages kids to use their imaginations and enjoy their creations.       All you need is some bread, milk , food colouring, and a toaster.   You can find the recipe here.  ...

Jamie Oliver's Crunchy Garlic Chicken

Jamie Oliver's Crunchy Garlic Chicken

09/06/2011

Jamie Oliver's Crunchy Garlic Chicken This recipe is part of Jamie Oliver's bank of recipes being provided for his US Food Revolution. It is a great basic recipe because it provides the satisfaction of a chicken nugget for the fast food lover in your house. However they are easy for children to help to make and is a much healthier alternative to a processed nugget, as they can be baked instead of fried and you know what meat has gone into them, unlike the rather suspect frozen ...

Crispy Breaded Cauliflower

Crispy Breaded Cauliflower

09/06/2011

Crispy Breaded Cauliflower I found this recipe on the kids area of Annie's Homegrown site which encourages children to get growing across America. This particular recipe was given to the site by dietitian Heidi McIndoo. If your kids like crispy everything this is a great way to get them to enjoy the taste of cauliflower, which not everyone gets straight away. It is oven baked rather than fried, so is a healthy way to provide that crunch. Although the recipe is written for paren...

Ladybird Pizzas

Ladybird Pizzas

09/05/2011

Ladybird Pizzas This fun and easy recipe is on Rachael Ray's fab kids food site www.yum-o.org The recipe uses kids fascination with ladybirds to make this pizza, using pesto and an English muffin which makes it very quick and easy. You can obviously use the basic idea and change the toppings, as long as the basic red-background-and-spots idea still works. Click here to go to the original recipe. ...

Rice Krispies On A Stick Chicken Strips

Rice Krispies On A Stick Chicken Strips

11/02/2011

Rice Krispies On A Stick Chicken Strips This recipe on About.com by kids cookery writer Barbara Beery uses rice krispies to help with the crispy crumb. It's a good recipe both to appeal to children to eat it, and because it is easy for them to help with - most of the ingredients being bashed and shaken in a bag. Children can help with the mixing and coating, and threading the chicken pieces on to the barbecue skewers. To read the whole recipe and g...

2 Year Old's Chilli

2 Year Old's Chilli

07/09/2010

Bean Chilli A Two Year Old Can Make This video from HappyHealthySteph's channel on youtube is a brilliant example of how you can use a bit of lateral thinking to allow very young children to take part in family meal prep. We can all do this. OK so the chilli is made from canned ingredients, but they are healthy ingredients and 2 year old Sunny gets to make it all, which is fabulous. Preparing the onion and pepper beforehand makes it very smooth. I am just so in awe of the li...

Mini Sweetcorn, Bacon and Chive Frittatas

Mini Sweetcorn, Bacon and Chive Frittatas

07/09/2010

Mini Sweetcorn, Bacon and Chive Frittatas This recipe was sent in with kind permission by Fi Bird. I love that it uses baking for a the kind of comfort food which would normally be fried. Ingredients Makes 12 Oil for greasing 4 rashers back bacon 1 heaped tablespoon sweet corn 1 tablespoon grated cheese 6 eggs 150ml milk Freshly ground pepper ...

Summer Pea Soup

Summer Pea Soup

06/07/2010

Summer Pea Soup This recipe was kindly given to us by Fi Bird, author of Kids Cooking. It is a lovely bright coloured sunny recipe. PERFECT if you've been growing your own peas and salad potatoes but you could make it with frozen ones too. As Fi says "This is a lovely green soup that explodes with the sweet flavour of freshly harvested summer peas." Ingredients ...

Parmesan Popovers

Parmesan Popovers

24/09/2009

Parmesan Popovers I found this recipe on a lovely blog called What's Cooking.   A popover is basically a yorkshire pudding type affair - so called because it puffs up and 'pops over' the top of the muffin cups. If you can think your way past the idea that all batters must relate to sausages or roast beef and that it can stand in its own right, it is a very versatile base for lots of o...

Lemony Courgette and Goats Cheese Pizza

Lemony Courgette and Goats Cheese Pizza

14/07/2009

Lemony Courgette and Goats Cheese Pizza We found this great courgette (zucchini) recipe over at the Smitten Kitchen blog and tried it out, it's really yummy and dead easy. It's s great recipe for using up a glut of courgettes.   You could obviously adapt it according to what you have in or prefer, and this one is great for children who don't tolerate cows milk well. The recipe uses a really good pizza base recipe which they hav...

Fruity Coleslaw (with Baked Potatoes)

Fruity Coleslaw (with Baked Potatoes)

04/05/2009

Fruity Coleslaw This recipe was sent in by Safe And Sound Daycare, a childminding practice in Brighton and Hove.  They made it with their children. What you need: Jacket potatoes white cabbage carrots mayonnaise raisins cheese In the morning we went to the supermarket with the children to find and purchase the ingredients. We washed the potatoes and place them in the oven to bake. While they were cooking we shredded some white cab...

Basic Salad Dressing

Basic Salad Dressing

24/04/2009

Basic Salad Dressing This dressing recipe is taken from our May book "Lettuce And The Butterfly" and is a good skill for everyone to have. Dressings can be expensive and go off easily, being able to make your own dressing means you can always make a salad tasty. Dressing recipe: 3 tablespoons of olive oil 1 tablespoon of wine vinegar or cider vinegar 1 teaspoon mild mustard like Dijon a sprinkle of salt and pepper Make ...

Parsnip Croquettes

Parsnip Croquettes

18/04/2009

Parsnip Croquettes A croquette is a ball or sausage of soft mash, covered in crispy crumbs. Why not make these for Christmas dinner – you can get them ready on Christmas Eve and put them in the fridge until you pop them in the oven at the last minute. Ingredients: 750g (1 ½ lb) cooked parsnips (boiled in big chunks till really tender, then drained WELL) 1 egg, plus one egg yolk 60g (2oz) low fat soft cheese 125g (4oz) breadcrumbs Mash the ...

Leek Tart

Leek Tart

18/04/2009

Easy Peasy Flaky Leek Tart Although this only has 4 ingredients it tastes more complicated than it is. Ingredients: 250g block puff pastry 3 medium-sized or 2 fat leeks, chopped 200 g/200ml ish natural yoghurt 2 tbsp grainy mustard Preheat your oven to 220 degrees C / 425 degrees F / gas mark 7. Rub some butter or oil on to a baking sheet. Put the leeks in a lidded microwave dish. Add enough water to JUST cover the bottom of the dish and...

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