Kid Friendly Recipes

Beef Mac and Cheese Casserole Recipe Recipe

Beef Mac and Cheese Casserole Recipe

03.26.15 by Jackie

Little Aria's preschool classmate Mary welcomed her second baby sister two weeks ago. We thought we would prepare a homemade meal for her family. Ground beef is perfectly suited to toddlers' palates, so for the main dish, Aria and I prepared mac and cheese comfort food with a nesting beef and tomato bed of its very own. 

First, I prepared the bottom layer with a mixture of ground beef, tomatoes, thyme and onions. Then I added creamy Cheddar mac and cheese.

I've included a picture of the menu once we wrapped up the entire meal for Mary's family.


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Dairy Free Lychee Coconut Cooler Recipe Recipe

Dairy Free Lychee Coconut Cooler Recipe

03.23.15 by Jackie

At Cost Plus World Market, I recently discovered a 100% lychee juice drink with no preservatives and no sugar added. As soon as I came home, I began brainstorming and came up with this deliciously, refreshing drink. It's made of coconut milk, lychee juice and sugar cane juice. The concoction is that wasy. It's really about the correct proportions and you could even add a few ounces of rum to spike it up.  Plus, it's dairy free!

If you're like me and don't have the patience to wait until the drink is chilled, simply add a few ice cubes and mix it in a cocktail shaker. It makes the perfect warm weather treat, almost like finding an oasis in the middle of the desert. So you can relax and pat yourself on the back for a well-crafted lychee coconut cooler.



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Tofu Roll Appetizers  Recipe

Tofu Roll Appetizers

03.10.15 by Jackie

Our family recently went to a Japanese sushi bar and enjoyed platters of delicious rolls. When I came home, I was inspired by the sushi and reinterpreted a new fusion appetizer, maki-style.

The appetizer consists of a tofu roll filled with shiitake mushrooms, carrots celery, insanely fragrant onions I grew myself in our garden and garlic. As I created the dish, I realized I wouldn't be able to keep the roll in place by simply rolling a sheet of pan-fried tofu. I improved and wrapped them in phyllo dough. You'll be surprised; it wasn't that complicated. Sometimes, improvisation ends up with beautiful results!

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Smoothies for Good Health Recipe

Smoothies for Good Health

02.25.15 by Jackie

My husband's teenage sisters are going through a smoothie phase; they are obsessed with blending everything and anything at all times. They've been concocting many smoothies recently. I suggested they try to balance the sugar levels (by avoiding too much sucrose) and pack the drinks with superfoods and antioxidants from fresh fruits and veggies. Extra nutrients such as flax or chia seeds are a plus. 

I've gathered a long list of kid-friendly smoothies for the girls and you to see. Please keep in mind, especially at a young age, the purpose of the drink is to feel good, improve your helth (without necessarily having the focus of weight loss), get a glowing skin and of course, enjoy a delicious treat! 

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Delicious Drinks to Enjoy This Fall Recipe

Delicious Drinks to Enjoy This Fall

10.16.14 by Jackie

Several times a week, I take little Aria to "Toddler Story Time" classes, which she enjoys tremendously. The theme these days is about the fall season. Miss Rose, the teacher, explained that leaves begin to change color and Aria seemed mesmerized by all the changes this season suggests.

When we went home, she made a drawing with trees and leaves. While she was busy, I made a pumpkin smoothie for a tasty seasonal treat. Then I told her we'd start cooking more fall-flavored dishes to satisfy her daddy's seasonal holiday cravings. For now, I'm sharing with you delicious drinks to enjoy this pre-holiday time. 

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