Thursday, March 31, 2011

Resource Thursday - Cooking With Your Toddler - Part II

Last week we blogged about the importance of exposing your child to the wonderful world of cooking.  This week  we will share recipes you can make with your toddler.  Bon Appetit!


Banana Bugs Recipe

1 peeled banana
Fruit Loops Cereal
Thin pretzel sticks

Put 1 or more Fruit Loops onto a pretzel stick. This will be Buggy's tail, so place it onto the back on the banana . Now put Fruit Loops Cereal onto the ends of 2 pretzel sticks. These will be the bug's antennae; place them on the front of the banana. Then put 2 raisins in front of the two pretzels for the eyes. Next, take 2 pretzels sticks and break in half for 4 feet and place in the middle of buggy. Add additional legs and your child will have a centipede bug.
Ant Logs (Ants on a Log) 
Celery Sticks
Peanut butter

Remove the strings from celery stalks and cut into 3 or 4 in long "logs". Spread peanut butter on the celery sticks place raisins on top in a row for your ants.

Mud Balls

What You'll Need:
1 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 dry powdered milk
1/2 cup raisins
crushed graham crackers
chocolate milk powder

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and form into balls. Place a little chocolate milk powder on a plate and roll the balls around in the powder. These can be refrigerated and eaten for snack later or immediately.

Fun Salad

What You'll Need:
1 head lettuce of choice
15 cherry tomatoes
20 baby carrots
Oyster Crackers
Large Salad Bowl
Dressing of Choice

Remove leaves of lettuce and place in strainer. Run water over lettuce; moving leaves to be sure gets cleaned. Lay lettuce on paper towels to dry. Place cherry tomatoes and baby carrots into strainer. Run water over them using your hands to move them around to be sure they get clean. Place tomatoes and carrots on paper towels and dry. Tear lettuce leafs into large but bite size pieces and place into bowl. Add carrots and tomatoes. Hand toss. Add oyster cracker in place of croutons and serve! Salad may also be chilled until serving time.

If you are interested in searching for more recipes and suggestions, just google "cooking with toddlers".

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