If you don't have major plans this weekend, grab your daughter, son, niece, or kid brother and make some meals: here in California, May 9 is Cook With Your Kids Day — so, for inspiration, we've compiled some of our favorite kid-friendly recipes. Just remember: to be safe, never leave kids unattended in the kitchen. Here, you can scope out fun kitchen recipes, ranging from finger foods to dessert.
Get your family excited about dinner with this hands-on meal. Have younger children help shred the chicken and older kids prep and chop the veggies. Then at the table, everyone can assemble a wrap to their own liking.
Don't be afraid to get creative with the filling; red peppers and mushrooms would be welcome additions. For this healthy, uncomplicated, and satisfying meal, read more
My sister is on the cover of a fabulous new book called Change the World For Ten Bucks. The idea behind the book — which is written by an organization called We Are What We Do — is small actions multiplied by lots of people equals big change. Basically if everyone stops using plastic bags and recycles more, the world will be a better place! I'm a huge fan of the book and the concept.
Thus, I'm doing my part to help: my sister has organized a day of volunteerism for a large group of people, and I'm donating a delicious lunch for them to enjoy. Since Earth Day is tomorrow, I invite you to join me by packing this picnic and planning your own day of volunteerism.
To keep energy up I'm making maple-almond trail mix with dried bananas. I'll also pack a bunch of fresh fruit (apples, bananas, strawberries, etc.) for the group to snack on. For lunch, the volunteers can choose either roasted red pepper sandwiches with tapenade and basil or curried chicken salad with spiced chickpeas. Both items are healthy and well-balanced. To look at the recipes, read more
For a wholesome yet palatable Monday night meal in a pinch, toss last night's leftover chicken with bok choy and sugar snap peas to create a succulent, Asian-style chicken salad. You'll love the cool cucumber, refreshing vegetables, and clean flavors of ponzu, ginger, and rice vinegar. For a recipe that will come together in well under an hour, read more
Jam-packed with crisp vegetables and poached chicken, this salad is a healthy, filling meal in itself. The dressing calls for sherry vinegar, but if you don't have it in your pantry simply use white wine vinegar.
To toast the walnuts, cook in a small skillet over medium-low heat until they are fragrant and lightly browned.
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Whenever I find myself in need of creative inspiration, I simply look to the Kitchen Goddess group. This week, I came across a killer app — mini celery boats stuffed with chicken salad and peas. I'm thinking these would make a great appetizer to bring to my next book club, since they're bite sized and not too messy. Apparently, I'm spot on: Jenious says they're such a big hit at gatherings that she always doubles the recipe. To make these for your next get-together, read more
Who says chicken salad has to be boring? This recipe re-creates the picnic classic as a vibrant and intensely flavored dish. The mayonnaise-based dressing is replaced with a quick vinaigrette made with mint, cilantro, and curry powder.
Chunks of avocado add creaminess, and red onion slices provides a biting crunch, resulting in a salad that is perfectly balanced in texture and taste. For the fit-friendly recipe, read more
For a boy's birthday party on Alcatraz, pack a portable feast of special dishes that wouldn't normally be found in the common ten year olds lunch box. Keep things simple with easy to eat chicken salad pitas. On the side offer a pasta salad packed with salami and cheese and small bags of chips (let each boy select their favorite bag of chips). Don't forget to pack snacks in case they get hungry while on the tour. Cheese and crackers, crunchy trail mix, and homemade fruit roll ups are filling without being too sweet.
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The country's current economic downturn has many of you ditching restaurant lunches in favor of a brown bag from home. That's a good thing — but just because you're trying to save a few bucks doesn't mean you have to punish yourself with the same stale sandwich every day. Here are some meal ideas that you can pull together in as little time as it takes to wait in the lunch line.