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Simple Recipes A Kid Can Make [message #564674] Thu, 27 August 2009 13:40 Go to next message
Pix  is currently offline Pix
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I am looking for simple snack ideas and baked recipes for a 10 y.o. to make. I bought a premixed package of peanut butter cookie mix for him to bake and he absolutely loved getting to mix and bake his own cookies. I would like to find some recipes for him to make that are simple and a little more healthier than the premixed packages. He's asked if we could start a new tradition where he and I can start making a treat on Friday evenings. I think this is a great idea and I'm excited to give it a try tomorrow.

Any recipes and suggestions would be appreciated!
Re: Simple Recipes A Kid Can Make [message #564766 is a reply to message #564674 ] Thu, 27 August 2009 18:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Carrie L  is currently offline Carrie L
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I think an average 10yo should be able to make just about anything following a recipe. He will need you looking over his shoulder the first few times, but should be able to handle it after that.

Brownies are pretty simple, pumpkin or banana muffins, choc. chip cookies, etc.


Carrie

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Re: Simple Recipes A Kid Can Make [message #564776 is a reply to message #564674 ] Thu, 27 August 2009 19:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Laura Scholz  is currently offline Laura Scholz
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For extremely simple, you can't beat rice krispy treats! Nod


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Re: Simple Recipes A Kid Can Make [message #564813 is a reply to message #564674 ] Thu, 27 August 2009 22:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bobbi  is currently offline Bobbi
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Nachos, tacos, spaghetti, strawberry shortcake, pudding, jello, cupcakes that's just a few ideas off the top of my head.


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Re: Simple Recipes A Kid Can Make [message #564889 is a reply to message #564674 ] Fri, 28 August 2009 09:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks ladies for your great ideas! Rice Krispy Treats sounds good for this evening (I have all the ingredients in my pantry)

Re: Simple Recipes A Kid Can Make [message #564951 is a reply to message #564674 ] Fri, 28 August 2009 12:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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here's some sites for kids recipes...
http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/kids/
http://www.kulinarykidz.com/
http://www.childrensrecipes.com/
http://recipes.kaboose.com/weekly-menus/kids-cooking-meal-pl an.html


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Re: Simple Recipes A Kid Can Make [message #565002 is a reply to message #564674 ] Fri, 28 August 2009 14:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thank you Bobbi!
Re: Simple Recipes A Kid Can Make [message #568229 is a reply to message #564674 ] Tue, 08 September 2009 08:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
kellya  is currently offline kellya
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Our kids each prepare a lunch once a week. They choose the lunch from a set of little laminated cards, stick it in a pocket calendar, and I buy the ingredients that we don't already have. When their day comes up (always the same day each week -- Mary has Monday, Jamie has Tuesdya, etc.) they make lunch and pick the next lunch. We have a rule that there must be more than a week between this lunch and the next time we have the same lunch. So, there must be eight days between this grilled cheese and the next. I don't know if I said that right.

Some of the things that are super easy (and forgive me if I repeat what's above) and often made in our lunch rotation:

1. Chicken salad (mixed greens, chopped cherry tomatoes, chopped cukes, cooked popcorn chicken, ranch dressing).

2. Pasta salad (cooked spaghetti noodles, bottled Italian, olives, chopped carrots, choped zucchini).

3. Sandwiches of many kinds including grilled and broiled.

4. Chili (can of chili beans, some browned beef - we brown a bunch and freeze it, and some salsa).

5. Homemade taquitos (today's menu!) which are flour tortillas wrapped around taco beef (using a seasoning packet) with salsa stirred in. Wrap them up, spray them with a little Pam (makes them a bit crisp -- optional), top with a sprinkling of cheese and bake just a bit.

6. Frito Pie -- Mix a can of drained kidney beans with canned chili. Heat and serve over a bed of Fritos. The first time we had this, my son, who never had had fritos before, thought I said it was called "furry-toe pie" and that name has stuck.

7. Tacos, taco salad

8. Shrimp and pasta. Cook whatever pasta you have (okay, lasagna noodles are too big!). Meanwhile, heat a bit of olive oil and jarred garlic. Stir in shelled shrimp (defrost if frozen), salt and pepper and heat. If they are already cooked shrimp, just heat them up. If they are raw, cook until pink. Toss shrimp with drained cooked pasta.

9. Pizza. Use homemade crust (breadmaker, Bosch machine), Boboli shells, pita breads, roll out canned Pillsbury crust, or a loaf of French bread sliced end to end. Use canned sauce and shredded mozzarella. You can even use a cheap can of tomato sauce if you stir in Italian seasoning or pizza seasoning.

10. Mac and cheese. I don't like the mixes but most kids do. I have a nice recipe but it's not for beginners. My kids are happy with macaroni that's been cooked and drained, tossed with shredded cheddar. Hey, if that works for them...

11. Beany-weenies. Open a can of Baked Beans (not to be confused with Pork and Beans) and chop up a few hot dogs and heat.

12. Roll-up. Put a tortilla on a plate or paper towel. Top with a slice or two of lunch meat and a slice of cheese and zap for a bit in the microwave, until the cheese melts. Roll up and eat.

13. Frozen ravioli. Boil it and top with Prego or whatever.

14. Hamburgers on the indoor grill.

15. Sloppy joes. I don't really like Manwich, but that's an option. They aren't too hard to put together without a can of Manwich.

16. Meatloaf. Fun to do, actually.

Many breakfasts are easy to do too. You can make your own pancake/waffle mix. Eggs are easy as is French toast.

All these recipes are easy enough for a beginner and fun for a boy to make. As my kids get more comfortable in the kitchen, we start on "real" recipes. But for beginners, I like things that can't easily "go wrong." For beginners, we use many more prepackaged and premade things (like frozen meatballs, canned pizza crust, jarred spaghetti sauce) than for older kids. Once a kid gets confident and comfortable with spaghetti using jarred sauce, we move on to a homemade sauce, for example.


Kelly
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Re: Simple Recipes A Kid Can Make [message #568230 is a reply to message #564674 ] Tue, 08 September 2009 08:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I reread your first post and it looks like you are aiming more for snacks and sweets. I agree with Rice Krispie treats.

I like the Tollhouse Cookies but sometimes it takes a while to form all those cookies so we make it per package instructions (get a bag of Nestle chocolate chips) but do the "bar cookies" instead of individual cookies.

And, someone here must know how to change any packaged cake mix into cookies. I don't know it but have done it LONG ago. You mix the dry mix with so much oil and egg and it turns into cookie dough instead of cake batter. Do an internet search. I had forgotten about it but last month at a meeting, a lady made cookies using that confetti cake mix. They tasted good and the kids went gaga over them.

There are oat nobakes out there and some sort of recipe that uses chow mein noodles and chocolate.

And, granola isn't tough to make.

And, the Scotchies cookies (on butterscotch chip bag) is good too and pretty easy.

My daughter loves making shortbread but you must use real butter and not margarine.

Kelly


Kelly
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Mom of four, 6/94, 5/96, 10/98, and 2/01
Re: Simple Recipes A Kid Can Make [message #568556 is a reply to message #564674 ] Wed, 09 September 2009 01:04 Go to previous message
kellya  is currently offline kellya
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Me again and then I'll be quiet.

Another thing you might want to try is visit the Kraft Foods website and sign up for their free snail mail cookbook/magazine that they publish and send to your house quarterly. My teens love this as it's loaded with yummy and easy recipes on glossy pages with awesome pictures. The recipes all ask you to buy Kraft products such as BBQ sauce and salad dressing. Oh well.

But most of the recipes are easy, only have a few ingredients, and fun to make.

I signed up for this YEARS ago and they just keep on coming. I hope they still are taking new sign ups.

Similarly, visit the websites of your favorite food ingredients and download recipes from their.

And there's a Yahoo group called Kids in the Kitchen or something like that.

That's enough from me.


Kelly
Wife to one, 3/88
Mom of four, 6/94, 5/96, 10/98, and 2/01
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