G, Kids Can Cook Too!
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Paper Bag Popcorn
Talk about a healthy bargain! AJ loves popcorn and we save a bundle making it ourselves. We found the online instructions on making popcorn in one paper bag. AJ came up with a better way that costs about $.10 a bag. Once the popcorn's popped, you can split the bounty between the two bags.
You will need:
Poke holes in one of the paper bags with the fork. Measure 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels and add the oil and salt to the measuring cup and mix carefully. Place the kernels in the second bag. Cover with the other paper bag. Finally microwave the bag on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
By: AJ 2/1/11
Asian Pasta Salad
Because the pan is really hot, kids need help making this recipe.
Woooweee, I came up with a new recipe called Asian pasta salad! Thanks to that mom of mine hanging out at an Asian Grocery Store, I will always remember this favorful, moist, delicious and nutritious meal.
Place cooked pasta in a large bowl. Heat the skillet over medium high heat. Add 1-2 tbsp of the oil. To keep the vegetables crunch, add just enough veggies to cover the bottom of the pan. Stir fry the vegetables in the oil for 3-5 minutes. Mix in a small portion of the ginger, garlic powder and soy sauce to each batch. Add the cooked veggies to the bowl. Repeat these steps until all of the vegetables are cooked. Once all the vegetables are added to the bowl, drizzle with 2 tbsp of sesame oil and stir. Tastes great hot or cold.
By: A.J. and mom 2/1/11
Fresh Pumpkin Recipes
CAUTION: Let adults cut the pumpkin.
With bread pudding as his favorite all-time dessert, AJ jumped on the chance to help prep his first fresh pumpkin. Look for step by step fresh pumpkin cooking details on our Kitchen Intro page. Once we had a puree, we used this quick and healthy pumpkin pie bread pudding recipe to make our best batch to date:
Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding
Place bread in a baking pan coated with cooking spray and set aside. In a small saucepan, heat puree with the evaporated and condensed milk until warmed. Stir in the spice and vanilla. Remove 1 cup worth of the heated milk mixture and slowly whisk it into the eggs. [Method known as tempering eggs to avoid them scrambling in the heat of the large pot.] Then whisk egg mixture into the heated milk in the saucepan. Pour the custard over the bread until all of the bread is coated with the custard. Allow to pudding to rest for 20-30 minutes before baking. Bake at 350 degrees or until set in the middle. Delicious served hot or cold.
Fresh Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Here's a very simple recipe even young kids can create (with an oven assist from parents of course). Thoroughly washed and dry fresh pumpkin seeds. Toss with cinnamon sugar, a dash of nutmeg, a little ground red pepper and a pinch of salt. Roast them at 350 degree until they start to brown (watch the oven carefully as pumpkin seeds can burn very easily). The secret to crunchy pumpkin seeds may be roasting them on parchment paper.
My Supreme Salad
Got a fork?
My mother loves salads so much, she used to eat them for breakfast. Salads are easy and fun to make because you don't have to cook it and its crunchy.
1.Wash the lettuce, spinach, carrots, celery, tomatoes, beets, and artichokes. 2.Chop the romaine lettuce into a big bowl. 3.Put the spinach into the bowl also. 4.Chop the celery,add it the bowl.
6.Add artichokes, beets, and tomatoes. 7.Mix well and serve
AJ's Spaghetti Sauce
Careful, don't let the sauce pop you
1) Coat a large pot with oil or cooking spray. 2) Turn the stove on medium and put the meat and onions in the pot. Stir it until the meat gets brown and then put in the rest of the vegetables. When the vegetables get soft, put in your spices and stir for another 5 minutes. Then you add the tomato sauce, and stewed tomatoes. Mix the sauce together and turn down the heat so you don't get popped. Keep stirring for about 20 minutes and then the sauce is done! My mother has other recipes or things you can use to make grown up spaghetti.
By: A.J. 6/9/10
Note from Mom:
Parents, kids love spaghetti! Use this knowledge to your advantage and hide some veggies in the sauce. Besides spinach, squash, zucchini, olives, carrots, eggplant and plenty others can be added with no flavor changes whatsoever. If you let your kids cut the veggies up themselves, you won't have to hide them.
More spaghetti tips
To add depth of flavor, add about a 1/2 to 1 cup of dry red wine to the veggies before adding the sauce. All the alcohol will burn off and the sauce will reach a whole 'nutha level.
Don't like the acidity in the sauce? Add a can of tomato soup to the sauce instead of sugar. In fact, if you're out of spaghetti sauce, tomato soup can be doctored into a pretty decent substitute.
Vegetarian? This sauce is great with or without meat.
NOTE: Frozen meatballs should be added when sauce is hot. Cook until meatballs are heated through.
Melted Ice Cream Cake
Happy 11th B-day!
For AJ's 11th birthday, he picked this cake out of a Cake Mix Doctor cookbook I borrowed to find easy dessert recipes for two Brazilians cooks I met on a recent mission trip. This Melted Ice Cream Cake is very kid friendly as it only has three ingredients and its fun for kids to choose their favorite flavor. AJ's Moose Tracks version was very moist and yummy!
By: A.J's mom 7/4/10
Ants (& Beetles) On A Log
I love peanut butter! And I like celery too. I made this recipes because I wanted to know what blueberries tasted like with peanut butter and celery (and I like the recipe's name).
1.Get 4 celery sticks. 2.Fill celery sticks with peanut butter. 3.Add some raisins and blue berries on the top of the celery.
By: A.J. 6/2/10