Easy dinner ideas are hard to come by unless they come in a box, or so you thought. Here is a great idea for a quick, healthy alternative to those boxed mac and cheese recipes. You’ll be able to sneak in so many veggies your kids won’t even notice they’re eating healthy. The best thing about this meal is it is a one-pot wonder, which means it’s not only easy to make, but it’s just as easy to clean up!
Watch as Yvette shows you how fast and easy dinner preparing a healthy dinner can be in this week’s eHow video:
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Hot chocolate is a wintertime favorite among adults and children alike. And why wouldn’t it be? What’s not to love about a warm chocolate treat on a cold winter day? Even the Mayans used crushed cocoa beans to create and enjoy a similar tasty drink over 2,000 years ago!
Gather the kids in the kitchen and try their little chef hands out on this Handstand Kids Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe. With minimal ingredients and easy instructions, it’s the perfect wintertime recipe that your kids will love to make. Use our recipe as a base and then let the kids add their own creative touch. They can dress it up with mini marshmallows, top it with whipped cream, or serve it with a candy cane as a stirrer! The flavor possibilities are endless and the kids will have such fun coming up with their very own special hot chocolate concoction!
Whether you’re hosting your own Christmas party this year or you’re in charge of bringing a crowd-pleasing snack to a neighbor’s party, it’s usually a good idea to have a few kid-friendly options if you know there will be kids in attendance. Not only will these snacks and treats be devoured by all of the kids as soon as you place them on the table, but your own children will have a blast in the kitchen helping you to make them!
These adorable Santa Clause appetizers are fun to assemble and are a delicious starter for adults and children alike. Use a clean pair of kitchen scissors to cut pepperoni hats, which you can “glue” to Ritz crackers with ricotta cheese. Make a beard out of ricotta and a moustache out of celery slices, use capers for the eyes and nose, and voila – Santa Clause!
But don’t forget desert! These Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer cookies will surely satisfy the kids’ sweet tooth and couldn’t be easier to make. Simply use refrigerated sugar cookie dough, cut the dough with a circle cookie cutter and then pinch opposite sides to shape the reindeer’s face. Break curved pieces off of pretzel twists so that you’re left with the center of the pretzels, which is a perfect antler shape. Press the antlers in and then cook according to your cookie’s package directions. When you take them out of the oven, press in chocolate mini morsels for the eyes and a cinnamon candy for the nose!
Ralph Anderson; Mindi Shapiro Levine
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Whether on cakes, cupcakes, or cookies, colored icings are always a good way to add some fun color to your dessert. Take a look at this chart from the Food Network to learn how to make any color you want with the most basic food coloring!
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Cupcakes have always been a popular dessert for kids there are many ways to make them fun and interesting. Check out these fun cupcake recipes from Pinterest!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Layered Cupcakes
Dulce de Leche Filled Banana Cupcakes with Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
Brownie Batter Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes
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If there’s one vegetable that a majority of kids enjoy, it’s carrots! Carrots are a fun color, can be found bite-sized and are good for dipping-all qualities of food that appeals to kids. Check out these fun tips to make healthy snacking with carrots even more fun!
Tip #1: Add A Little Color
When at the grocery store, many parents go directly to the plastic bag of baby carrots without looking at their options. Many grocery stores carry a variety of carrots in different colors!
Tip #2: Try Fun Shapes
To get your kids to enjoy carrots even more than they already do, try carving them into different shapes to disguise them! This is a super fun way to change up the look of your average vegetable.
Tip #3: Try Something Different
Try out this delicious recipe for fun Carrot Lemonade!
Tip #4: Try Them Crispy
Sometimes it can be hard to get your kids to want to eat healthy snacks. But healthy snacks don’t always have to look so healthy! Try out this awesome recipe for Carrot Chips!
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With the school year starting back up, it is always hard to come up with new ways to get your kids to not fill themselves up on junk food. Here are a few healthy snacking ideas that you can make for your kids. Say goodbye to potato chips and hello to fruit and veggie chips!
Cinnamon Apple Chips
Directions: slice thin, add salt, lay on baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees for 2-3 hours. Then enjoy!
Sweet Potato Chips
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When most kids see beets, the common reaction is “EW!” But, there are ways to change this! Here are a few fun recipes for kids that are so delicious, they won’t even realize that they are eating beets!
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Doesn’t this little lad look happy? That’s because he’s eating Veggie Maki from thekitchn.com! If you and your Handstand Kids want to try your hand at this check out the recipe on their blog!
Don’t forget to use last week’s words, Arroz and Mi Fan while you whip up this Japanese delicacy! Will you be eating Veggie Maki tonight? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter!
With school starting back up in full force, coming up with creative and healthy lunches for your children can get tricky.
However, we hope these two recipes from our Mexican Cookbook Kit come in handy during lunch preparation!
Fiesta Corn Recipe
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As always, if you try out either of these recipes make sure to share a photo on our Facebook Page or tweet us at @HandstandKids!