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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Handstand Kids are healthy kids and yours can be healthy too! Summer leaves you with so much time for fun projects, why not start growing your own veggies to use in Handstand Kids recipes? We’ve provided some tips below on how to grow veggies from existing veggies so planting is a snap. Watch your child’s love of science grow along with these little plants and you’ll continue their learning process into the summer!

Potatoes

Using seed potatoes slice into sections making sure that each has at least three “eyes” Pour lightly salted water into a dish with the potato pieces eye-side down. Place the dish in the sun and let it sit for a day or two, until you begin to notice the eyes growing sprouts.

Full growing information here.

Carrots

Cut 1 inch of the crown of the carrot. Place the carrot tops into a plate or saucer. Make sure the plate you take has big enough flat surface so that the carrot tops can be placed easily in it. Add soil, sand, pebbles and lukewarm water into the plate. Make sure that only the end of the carrot tops are dipped under the layer of water and soil. Place the carrot plate in a sunny part of the house.

Full growing information here.

Once you’ve grown your veggies you’re all set to make a delicious Handstand Kids recipe. We like using carrots in our Peanut Salad recipe from our Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook.

Make sure to post pictures of your growing garden – and the recipes you use that summer bounty in – to our Facebook and Twitter pages!

 

Three Cheers for Dads!

Father’s Day is this weekend so make sure that your Handstand Kids are ready! These crafts will be fun to make and dad will definitely smile!

This cute card from Danielle’sPlace.com uses a paper cup to make a cute, bright sun!

How about a World’s Best Dad award from Kaboose?

Since Handstand Kids can’t get out of the kitchen, you might also want to make this yummy Arroz con Pollo or Chicken and Rice recipe from the Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook!

Ingredients

1 pound chicken (pollo) breast (about 3 to 4 breasts)

2 cups rice (arroz)

1 garlic clove (ajo)

4 cups chicken broth

1 large onion (cebolla)

1 can diced tomatoes (tomates), with juice

1 green pepper

1 tablespoon cumin

1 bay leaf

¼ cup vegetable oil (aceite)

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

Tools

Cutting board

Knife

Large bowl

Large pot with lid

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Oven mitt

Wooden spoon

Instructions

  1. On the cutting board, cut the pollo into bite-sized cubes, then place them into the large bowl. Season the pollo with the salt and pepper, then set the bowl aside. Thoroughly clean the cutting board before using it to chop the vegetables.
  2. Peel and chop the cebolla, ajo and green pepper and set them aside.
  3. In a large pot, heat the aceite over a medium-high heat. Add the cebolla, ajo and arroz. Wearing the oven mitt, stir continuously for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the pollo, broth, tomates, green peppers, cumin and bay leaf. Stir to combine.
  5. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Then reduce heat to low and cover with lid. Cook for about 35 minutes, or until pollo is cooked, arroz is soft and broth is absorbed.

Alternative

Substitute the pollo with a vegetarian option like tofu. Try brown rice for a healthier version.

Handstand Kids hope that you have a great Father’s Day with these recipes and crafts! Post a fun “daddy and me” moment to our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Avocados all around!

We’ve already given out our awesome recipe for guacamole from the Handstand Kids mexican cookbook. However, if you’ve never eaten an avocado outside of the great green dip, try one of these recipes from AvocadoCentral.com. They’re super yummy and perfect for Handstand Kids to help with because they’re also easy to make.

Avocado and Red Potato salad will be a shake up to your traditional BBQ cookout food!

Antipasti Kabobs are a great treat for in between meal times or as a side to a main meal!

Enjoy your avocado recipes, because avocados are our Food of the Summer! Post your favorite avocado recipes to our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Fabulous Fruit Salads

Summer recipes make Handstand Kids think of fresh bright colors and sweet fruits! While vegetables may be a hard sell at your table, these summer fruit salads will be gobbled down in no time!

This Fruit Salad with Vanilla Yogurt from All Recipes.com is a smooth, creamy treat.

If you’re the type that forgets about avocado as a fruit, this Avocado Fruit Salad from Southern Living will definitely remind you!

What are your favorite summer fruit recipes? Share them with us on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Summer Soups

Cold weather makes you want to warm your bones with a warm hearty soup, but did you know that you can also quell your hot weather cravings with a cold refreshing version? Handstand Kids love these three recipes, try them out for yourselves in the hot days to come!

This White Gazpacho Soup from SimplyRecipes.com uses some unique ingredients!

Avocado Soup from Startcooking.com is a snap to make!

Emeril Lagasse loves this refreshing Summer Fruit Soup from FoodNetwork.com!

If you plan on making any of these soups, make sure to post pictures to the Handstand Kids Facebook and Twitter!

 

Outdoor Meals

We’ve talked about getting outdoors and playing outside, but Handstand Kids just can’t stay out of the kitchen! The following recipes can be made and eaten outside – what an awesome day for your kids!

You can’t go wrong with Ants on a Log. The crispy celery in contrast to the smooth peanut butter is always a crowd pleaser but eating it outside sets the mood for a fun day of outdoor play! Kraftrecipes

Salad sticks are yummy and good for you. Make sure you help your kids safely remove the food from the sharp skewers to avoid injuries. via SnackGirl

No outdoor meal is complete without Smore’s. Use a fire that is smoldering, not burning and make sure that you keep a close eye on the little ones as they toast up these tasty treats! via Kidscooking

Do you have a favorite recipe for making outdoors? Be sure to post pics to the Handstand Kids Facebook and Twitter!

 

Fit and Fun for the Summer!

Summer sun can mean lots of outdoor lounging, but don’t let the light go to waste! Take this time to encourage your kids to get moving in the fresh outdoor air. Recent studies from CBC News show that children may be more physically active when their friends run and jump more. That means getting a gang together to engage in some activity will encourage them to be more active on a regular basis. Kids in peer groups that included others who were physically active were six times more likely to change their activity levels. Swimming, roller blading and skateboarding are a few fun group activities to get your kids’ energy levels up but why not play these fun biking games from Family Fun to put a little excitement into biking?

TIGHTROPE TOLLBOOTH

Using the side of a piece of sidewalk chalk, draw a 3-inch-wide, 50-foot-long chalk line on the sidewalk or driveway and challenge bikers to keep both wheels on the line at all times. Up the ante by giving each rider a penny and placing an empty soup can near the line’s midpoint. The player who can drop the penny in the can and successfully complete the course is king or queen of the road.

RIDE THE LINE

Draw a 3-inch-wide, 50-foot curving line and use a stopwatch to time riders. The rider who can stay on the line and complete the course the fastest wins.

After all of that activity, you’ll want to make sure that they stay refreshed and hydrated. Handstand Kids love the outdoors, but they’ll always find their way back to the kitchen. Try making this fun summer recipe from the Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook with them in between play times!

 

Year of the Monkey Mango Smoothies

Ingredients

6 ounces silken tofu, drained

1 medium banana, peeled and cut in half

1 mango

1/4 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and grated (optional)

2/3 cup soy milk

1 tablespoon honey

4 ice cubes

Tools

Cutting board

Knife

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Fine grater

Blender

Tall drinking glasses

Instructions

1. Cut the mango by placing the mango with one flat side resting on the cutting board. Slice the mango lengthwise along the flat side next to the seed. Turn mango over and repeat on the other side. You will have 2 halves of the mango with pulp inside. Carefully cut lengthwise through the mango pulp down to the skin, being careful not to cut through the skin. Turn sideways and cut lengthwise again until you have a cross-hatch pattern. Turn the mango inside out using your thumbs to press the pulp outwards. Carefully slice out the diced pulp by cutting between the cubed mango pulp and the skin. Discard the skin and seed.

2. Place banana, mango, tofu, soy milk, and ginger, if using, into the blender. Blend on medium speed for 30 seconds.

10. Add the honey and ice cubes and blend again until smooth.

11. Pour into 2 frosty tall drinking glasses. Enjoy!

Alternative

Add 2/3 cup plain yogurt if tofu is not available.

Got a favorite summer activity? Post a picture of you and your kids getting physical to the Handstand Kids Facebook and Twitter!

 

Happy Birthday Cookie Monster!

It’s important to eat your fruits and vegetables but our Handstand Kids work so hard that sometimes it’s OK for a treat. What better day to celebrate than the birthday of our cookie-loving pal from Sesame Street, Cookie Monster! Cookie will be turning a whopping 46 years old today but there’s no reason that he wouldn’t still enjoy cooking with Handstand Kids! Your children can celebrate with Cookie by making our Here Comes the Bride Cookies from our Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook.

Here Comes the Bride, Wedding Cookies

Ingredients

2 cups flour

1 cup butter (mantequilla), softened

1 cup confectioners’ sugar (azứcar)

1 cup ground nuts (almonds or pecans)

1 tablespoon water

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon salt

Tools

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Medium bowl

Nonstick baking sheet

Small bowl

Spatula

Spoon

Wooden spoon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the mantequilla, vanilla extract and ½ cup of the confectioners’ azứcar.
  3. Stir in the flour, salt and nuts. Stir in the water to help the dough come together. Mix well until the dough is formed.
  4. Use your hands to roll the dough into 1-inch balls. Place the balls on the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, until the cookies are set but not browning. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Then use the spatula to remove the cookies from the baking sheet. Allow them to cool slightly.
  6. Pour the remaining ½ cup of confectioners’ azứcar into the small bowl. Roll the cookies through the azứcar so that they get coated with it. Serve.

Alternative

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 8 ounces of chocolate chips in microwave. Drizzle the chocolate over the cookies and let the chocolate harden before serving.

Alternative: Add 1 cup of chocolate chips to the dough. Also, melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute and dip the ends of the cooled biscotti into the mixture. Refrigerate dipped biscotti for 1 hour and enjoy!

 

Make sure your little monster post their favorite cookies to the pages of our Facebook and Twitter!

 

Eating As A Family

Eating together as a family is very important, especially for younger children. Since Handstand Kids already enjoy being in the kitchen, make sure to also teach them that it is important to get together as a family. So many lessons can be learned around the table and here are a few great takeaways.

  • Communication
    • Sharing a meal provides a comfortable setting that allows children a time to talk. Discuss family issues and your day-to-day activities in an environment that puts everyone in the mood to talk!
  • Encourage healthy eating
    • Use your handstand kids cookbooks to create a yummy, kid friendly meal that they can help prepare! Eating in vastly reduces your calorie intake, and you know that your kids are not ingesting any unnecessary additives.
  • Helps promote proper etiquette
    • Kids are great at mimicking and by demonstrating proper table manners you can show them how to behave at the table
  • Embrace traditions, old and new
    • Remember and pass down old family recipes and also create new family favorites with the recipes from the Handstand Kids Cookbook. Try this recipe for Beef and Broccoli from our Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook!

Make sure that you post pictures of your family enjoying a meal – whether or not you use a Handstand Kids recipe to our Facebook and Twitter!

 

Tomatoes are Tops!

Summer’s perfect weather lets us finally go outside after a long winter! Why not add some new activities into the mix by planting a summer garden? Gardening can be fun and easy and of course you can use what you grow in the kitchen! Tomatoes are a staple that many everyone enjoys and these growing tips from eHow.com that are specially designed for kids!

Materials:
• Tomato seeds
• Plastic pots
• Soil
• Trowel or shovel
• Wooden Stakes
• String

Instructions:
1. Poke holes in the bottom of the plastic pots if there are none for drainage
2. Fill the pots to the top with potting soil. Instruct your kids to put three seeds in each pot, pushing them just under the surface of the soil
3. Place the pots indoors in a sunny and warm location
4. Feel the dirt often for moisture. Water the pots if the soil feels dry
5. Wait for the seeds to sprout. Weed out weaker seedlings so that each pot only has one in it
6. Transplant the seedlings outside one the danger of frost has passed by digging a hole in the soil of your garden and carefully transferring the seedlings out of their pots and into the ground in a sunny spot.
7. Check soil moisture daily, watering the plants if it doesn’t rain.
8. Put the stakes in the ground for support as the tomato plants approach 1 foot tall. Gently tie the tomato plants to the stakes.
9. Instruct your kids to harvest the tomatoes when ripe. Have them twist each tomato by the stem to remove it, to avoid damaging the plant.

If you can’t wait for these beauties to grow, enjoy tomatoes with this delicious Guacamole recipe from the Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook.

Farmer’s Market Chips, Pico de Gallo Salsa and Guacamole

Ingredients
4 plum tomatoes (tomates)
2 ripe Hass avocados (aguacates), halved and pitted
2 limes (limas), halved
½ white onion (cebolla)
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon jalapeno (optional)

Tools
Cutting board
Fork
Knife
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Medium bowl
Plastic gloves
Wooden spoon

Instructions for Pico De Gallo Salsa
1. Wearing the plastic gloves, dice the tomates, cebolla and optional jalapeno. Place them all into the medium bowl.
2. Chop the cilantro leaves and add to bowl.
3. Cut one lima in half, squeeze the juice into the bowl and mix well.
4. Add salt and pepper to taste.

At this stage, you’ve made pico de gallo! Continue on to make it into guacamole…
5. Spoon the aguacate meat into a bowl and use a fork to mash it into your desired texture.
6. Cut one lima in half, squeeze the juice into the bowl and mix well. Then add the pico de gallo to the aguacate and mix.
7. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Alternative
For mango salsa, dice 1 mango and add to Step 1 for a fruity version of the pico de gallo.

Will you be growing tomatoes? Post plant pictures on our Facebook and Twitter!