Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Winter Recipes Kids Can Make

Food Ideas With a Snow Theme
It's winter and time to use recipes with seasonal shapes and/or white ingredients for a snowy flair. Kids will love these treats; great for a party too!
Be it cold, a chill, a nip, it's crisp, it's frigid, a frost, we shiver, we chatter - it's winter and time to incorporate this theme into cooking with kids. Here are a few recipes to try.
Hot White Chocolate
·      2 ounces white baking chocolate
·      1 cup water
·      3 cups milk
·      Cinnamon or peppermint stick (optional)
1.     In a medium-sized saucepan, melt 2 ounces of white baking chocolate and 1-cup water over medium heat. Stir this constantly.
2.     When this mixture is fully melted, bring it to a boil and then bring the temperature down to simmer.
3.     Stir in 3 cups of milk and heat this until it is warm.
4.     Remove the pan from the heat and beat the milk with a whisk until foamy. Older children can help with adult supervision.
5.     Serve the white chocolate in mugs with a dash of cinnamon or a peppermint stick inside.
    Makes 6 servings.
Snowflake Breadsticks

Children will like shaping this dough and placing it to make a snowflake bread roll.
·      Refrigerator breadsticks (store-bought)
1.     Invite the kids to roll this dough into small snakes.
2.     Place one rope (snake) onto the baking pan overlapping with other small ropes until you have a six-spoked snowflake.
3.     Bake as directed on the package label.
4.     Continue making snowflakes until you have used up the entire dough.
 Ice Cream Snowballs [1]
 Quick and easy, but so much fun to make and eat!
·      Vanilla ice cream
·      Flaked coconut
·      Cupcake papers
1.     Scoop vanilla ice cream into a ball.
2.     Roll this in flaked coconut and place each ball into a cupcake paper.
3.     Freeze until hard.
 Snowman Pizza [2]
 This food construction allows children to use their creativity to create a snowman face.
·      Store-bought frozen pizza
·      Salami or ham strips
·      Pepperoni slices
·      Cherry tomato (cut in half)
·      Black olive halves (pitted)

1.     Bake a frozen pizza according to directions on the package.
2.     Remove this from the oven to a plate.
3.     Invite the kids to decorate with the ingredients below:
4.     Salami, ham strips, pepper strips or pieces, pepperoni, cherry tomatoes, pitted black olives; get creative with all kinds of healthy edibles.
 Winter White Waldorf Salad
Apples are aplenty during the winter months. Try this recipe for a sweet dessert.
·      Apples, peeled and cut into chunks
·      Raisins
·      Walnuts, chopped
·      Container of Cool Whip

1.     Peel and cut several apples into chunks.
2.     Add chopped walnuts and raisins.
3.     Fold in Cool Whip topping and mix.
4.     Serve cold.

French Toast Snowmen [3]
 French toast is not just for breakfast; use it for any meal or party food as well.
·      Thick white bread
·      2 eggs
·      1/2 cup milk
·      1 tablespoon sugar
·      1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
·      Dash of salt
·      Butter or margarine
·      Maple syrup
1.     Using cookie cutters, cut a snowman shape from each slice of think white bread.
2.     In a shallow bowl, crack 2 eggs and beat until foamy.
3.     Add the milk, sugar, cinnamon, and a dash of salt. Mix well.
4.     Heat a griddle or frying pan to medium-high heat. Grease the pan with butter or margarine.
5.     Dip the bread shapes into the egg mixture coating each side.
6.     Place it on the griddle and cook on each side till lightly browned.
7.     Serve these yummy snowmen on a plate with maple syrup.
8.     Children may like fresh fruit on top as well.
Many of these foods are the same foods families eat on a daily basis, but add a few extra ingredients to give them a winter theme. Having kids in the kitchen is a wonderful learning experience and teaching children skills they need in later life. Create, construct, and enjoy!
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{1,2,3] Taken from or adapted from Cooking with Kids: Recipes for Year-Round Fun by Tania Kourempis Cowling