Author Archive: K

Crispy Cheese Straws

Kids will have fun rolling the phyllo dough into straw shapes.  They make an elegant appetizer, and pair well with a ranch or pesto dip. Crispy Cheese Straws Ingredients: 8 ounces cream cheese 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 tsp. salt 1 box phyllo dough, thawed 1/2 cup melted butter Directions: Preheat oven …

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Pasta and Meatballs with Broccoli

The broccoli makes this a nutritionally balanced meal.  Kids can be put to work separating it into small florets, and also rolling tablespoonfulls of the meat mixture into balls. Pasta and Meatballs with Broccoli Ingredients: 1 pound ground sirloin ¼ cup minced fresh onion 2 Tbsp dry breadcrumbs ¼ tsp garlic salt ¼ pepper 1 …

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Chili and Cornbread Jars

These perfectly portioned and portable little meals are sure to bring a smile. Chili and Cornbread Jars Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef 1 onion, chopped 1 (15 oz) can stewed tomatoes 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans 1 cup water 1 T chili powder salt and pepper to taste …

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Apple Cinnamon Granola

This granola is great with milk for breakfast, or also dry  – as a snack to take along. Apple Cinnamon Granola Ingredients: 2 eggs 1 Tbsp canola oil ¼ cup brown sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp baking powder 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats ¾ cup dried chopped dried apple pieces ½ cup chopped …

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Mini Corn Dog Muffins

These satisfying and slightly sweet morsels are sure to conjure up images of a summertime county fair.  But with a sneaky serving of squash and apples, they’re lighter and more nutritious. Ingredients: 1 cup all purpose flour 1 cup cornmeal 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 3/4 cup milk 1/3 cup unsweetened …

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Frozen Yogurt Grapes

A perfect snack for a hot summer day. Start off by dropping a few frozen grapes into a bowl of yogurt.  Then use a spoon to make sure each fruit is fully coated, place on a cookie sheet, and freeze for about an hour.  Easy-peezy. Frozen Yogurt Grapes Ingredients: 2 cups grapes, washed and dry …

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Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Also known as garbanzo beans, these little legumes pack a nutritional punch.  High in fiber and protein, they make a filling snack on-the-go. Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas Ingredients: 2 15-oz. cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained 3 Tbsp. olive oil 3 Tbsp. sugar 3 tsp. salt Directions: Preheat oven to 425. Pat chickpeas dry with paper towels. …

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Broccoli Bites

These little finger foods are great with a variety of dipping sauces, such as ketchup, ranch dressing, and honey mustard. Yield:  About 36 Bites Ingredients:  1 lb broccoli (fresh or frozen), chopped 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded 3 eggs, beaten 1 cup flour 1 tsp. Italian seasoning Salt & pepper to …

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Crispy Roasted Kale

Easier and less messy than homemade kale chips, this recipe is a hit with all ages. Serves 4 Ingredients:  3 Tbsp. olive oil 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. garlic salt or seasoned salt 1 1/2 pounds kale, stems removed, and torn into pieces* 2 tsp balsamic vinegar Directions: Arrange oven racks in center and lower …

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Summer Stuffed Peppers

Paired with soup and a salad, this is a perfect way to enjoy summer garden produce. Serves 4 Ingredients:   2 small bell peppers (5 to 6 ounces each), halved lengthwise through stem, seeds and ribs removed 1 heaping cup small tomatoes, such as Sungold or Cherry (about 6 ounces) 1 1/2 ounces feta cheese …

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