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Spice it up with Mexican Hot Chocolate

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!

Language Lesson: Arroz and Mi fan

Have you ever been so hungry that you could eat a thousand of something? Well the answer would be to eat rice! Today we’ll teach you two new ways to say rice:

Spanish:

Chinese:

Now continue to practice these words by using them. The best way to use them is to make a recipe with them, like the Chicken with Rice Never Tasted So Nice from our Handstand Kids Mexico Cookbook and Shrimp Fried Rice from our Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook!

What recipes are you making with rice? Sorry, we meant arroz or mi fan! Post pics to our Facebook or Twitter!

Language Lesson

Since your Handstand Kids are done with school for the summer, take this opportunity to get their intellectual juices flowing. We have a simple language lesson that shows you how to say the words for some common utensils in Spanish, Italian and Chinese.

Measuring Spoon

  • Spanish – Taza de Medir
  • Italian – Dosatrice
  • Chinese – Liang bei

Spatula

  • Spanish – Espatula
  • Italian – Spatola
  • Chinese – Gua chan

Bowls

  • Spanish – Cuenco (large – grande, medium – mediana, small – pequena)
  • Italian – Piatti Fondi (large – grande, medium – medio, small – piccolo)
  • Chinese – Wan (large – da, medium- jung, small – shiau)

Fork

  • Spanish – Tenedor
  • Italian – Forchetta
  • Chinese – Can cha

Plate

  • Spanish – Plato
  • Italian – Piatto
  • Chinese – Pan zi

Did you know that you can buy some of these items in our Cookbook kits?

Try labeling these items in your kitchen to practice learning the words when you’re cooking. If you’re going to try this idea out make sure to post pictures to our Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

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!

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!

Some Of Our Biggest Fans

You may have seen us post two terrific photos of Noah and Nathan earlier today!  We’ve got them here for you again, plus a bit more about the dynamic duo!

Noah and Nathan received our cookbook kits from their amazing mom for Chanukah this year and have been cooking up a storm since!

Noah is 9 and loves making the Bean & Cheese Burrito from our Mexican Cookbook Kit!

Nathan is 7 and he prefers our Italian cookbook kit and making lasagna!

When the brothers aren’t cooking from our Handstand Kids cookbook kits, they love to make mom’s specialty, “Pasta alla Mama,” which is pasta with cottage cheese, a little butter and parmesan cheese!

Keep cooking, chefs!

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. Although it is not a day to celebrate Mexico’s independence, you and your kids can show your spirit by partaking in some festive Quesadillas from the Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook.

Ingredients

4 8 or 10-inch flour tortillas

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack or Mexican blend cheese (queso)

½ cup salsa

½ cup guacamole (optional)

¼ cup sour cream (optional)

1 cup cooked veggies (pick the ones you like, including onion, mushrooms, bell peppers)

 

Tools

Knife

Large nonstick skillet

Measuring cups

Spatula

 

Instructions

  1. Place the tortillas flat and sprinkle ½ cup queso and ½ cup cooked veggies on half of each.
  2. Fold the tortillas in half to cover the queso.
  3. Place the tortillas in the large skillet and cook over a medium-high heat until one side is lightly browned (about 2 to 3 minutes).
  4. Use the spatula to flip the tortillas and cook the other side until lightly browned and the queso has melted. Remove from heat.
  5. Cut into triangles and serve with salsa, guacamole and sour cream.

Enjoy!!

Food Allergy Information: Gluten

You’ve probably heard quite a bit about gluten free diets and gluten lately.

First, what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in rye, wheat and barley.  Gluten is found in more than just breads, pastas, and wheat products.  In fact, gluten is often times used as a binder in sauces, dressings and more!

Are you interested in cooking for someone with gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease? Here are some of our favorite recipes:

Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Peppermint Squares from GlutenFreeda.com. For instructions click here.

Chocolate Biscuit and Strawberries from Gluten Free Mommy. Click here for instructions.

Wondering how to make one of our meals gluten free?  Many of the meals within our Mexican Cookbook kit are gluten free by nature.  For some of our Chinese Cookbook kit meals, substitute Tamari (gluten free soy sauce) for your typical soy sauce. With our Italian recipes, substitute quinoa pastas and gluten free breads! Be sure to check all ingredients in our recipes and find a gluten free substitute to be sure your meal is 100% gluten free!

If you have more questions on which of our meals are already gluten free or how to make one of our recipes gluten free, post it on our facebook wall.

Happy cooking!

 

Easy and Quick Kid’s Cooking

Who says cooking with kids has to be difficult or time-consuming?  We recently came across this 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray episode where she teaches little ones to cook some of her favorite kid-inspired 30 minute meals.

We are especially excited to try her Creamy Salsa Dip!

Total Time: 10 minutes

Level: Easy

Serves: 4 kiddos

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mild salsa, any brand
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 12 carrot sticks, store bought or cut by your GH (Grown-up Helper)
  • 12 celery sticks, store bought or cut by your GH
  • 12 cherry or grape tomatoes, rinsed
  • 12 sugar snap peas, washed and dried

Directions:

  1. Stir together salsa and sour cream.
  2. Scrape the dip you made into a small bowl.
  3. Put the small bowl in the middle of a big plate. Arrange veggies all around the dip and serve!
  4. Enjoy!

We think this salsa would be delicious with one of our meals from the Mexican Handstand Kids Cookbook Kit!

Let us know if you have any other 30-minute meal suggestions on our facebook wall!

Need A Last Minute Holiday Gift?

We know some of you are scrambling to get your gifts together for the holidays. If you receive our newsletter, then you know we’re offering our readers a special last minute holiday coupon code!

For 25% off all cookbook kits and accessories in our online store, use coupon code: HOLIDAY.

Happy holidays and happy shopping!!