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:
Check back in next week for another eHow video with Yvette.
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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The month of October is National Pizza Month!! Pizza doesn’t always have to be unhealthy, take a look at this awesome recipe from our Italian Handstand Kids Cookbook!
To make National Pizza Month extra fun, let your kids’ creativity roam free when arranging and decorating your pizzas! Let us know what fun you have with pizza this month via Facebook or Twitter!
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
Let us know what cupcakes you make via Facebook or Twitter!
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!
Let us know what fun things you decide to do with carrots on Facebook or Twitter!
Pinterest is a great resource for recipes, crafts and pretty pictures. but did you also know that it is a great resource for the little ones? These three pages are chock full of tips for parents, but kids can get in on the fun too – see below!
Zina’s boards have over 270,000 followers. We love the creative kids recipes and different ideas for fun seasonal activities.
Zulily maintains 27 boards of clothes, art and accessories for kids and moms. The cute pictures on their boards feature themed clothes so your kiddos can help pick out their threads!
Kathy James’ boards may be some of our all time favorites. Games, crafts, science experiments, ideas for holidays and of course recipes! All geared for little eyes, ears and hands.
Just because we don’t have a board, doesn’t mean we’re not on Pinterest! Check out some of our friends who have found us and pinned us!
Garbanzo beans are a part of the legume family Fabaceae, and are more commonly known as chickpeas. These little seeds are one of the earliest cultivated legumes: 7,500-year-old remains have been found in the Middle East! You can get your Handstand Kids to start gobbling up these little protein nuggets with some of our Handstand Kids approved recipes!
Mac and Cheese with Chickpeas from CurrentMom uses one of our Picky Eater tips from last week – incorporating a new food into a classic favorite!
This Spanish Chickpea Stew from RecipesforKids is a delicious and hearty soup!
These Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas from CookingwithmyKid makes a great after school snack!
How are you feeling about chickpeas now? Post the recipes you’ve made to our Facebook and Twitter.
On any of the recipes for cakes, cookies or cupcakes from our Handstand Kids Baking Around the World Cookbook!
This recipe for Chocolate Dipped Fruit on a Stick from Family Fresh Cooking adds SOME fruit into the mix.
Regular Chocolate Covered Pretzels get a fun, bright twist on the SugarCooking blog!
These pretty Rainbow Marshmallows from Hostess with the Mostess are perfect for a child’s party!
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No matter how hard you try, sometimes you will be presented with a pint-sized picky eater. Since it is imperative to get kids to develop healthy eating habits, try some of these tips adapted from VegKitchen.com
- Let them get their feet wet with new foods – by introducing them surrounded by old favorites.
- Introduce new foods slowly – because children can sometimes get overwhelmed by large quantities of food. They may feel more successful if they can finish a small quantity of food provided, so keep portions small.
- Avoid food rewards – as punishment and enticement will confuse the fact that you can establish and enforce rules.
- Let your kids cook with you! – Handstand Kids are less picky because they get to help plan meals! The below recipe for Shredded Chicken Tostadas from the Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook is a favorite recipe of all kids – and parents will love the additions of lettuce, tomatoes and beans!
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