Z is for Zucchini! The last of the vegetable alphabet, Zucchini is a veggie that's in the same family as pumpkins! Zucchinis are technically fruits because they grow from a small yellow flower. Zucchini's a great sources of vitamin C and can be used in just about any dish, such as Zucchini Sushi!Zucchini Sushi is a new take on an old favorite that's easy to make and even easier to eat! It's the perfect dish for a snack, a party, or for a fun and creative afternoon savory treat! Don't worry about the raw fish in this kind of sushi, we used canned tuna.
Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? The world may never know, but we sure know that they taste delicious. Tomatoes are an excellent source of nutrients, including vitamins A and C, calcium, and potassium. There are over 7,500 varieties and they come in colors from all across the rainbow. Tomatoes are seen in many different cuisines from all around the world, especially in Italian food like sauces for pasta and pizza. There are so many ways to them, but have you ever thought of making stuffed tomatoes?
This week we are featuring 5 healthy lunches for kid chefs and their parents to make together. The best part: they aren’t all sandwiches! Many of them are rolls, or "sandwich cousins" as we like to call them. We are also super excited for spring to finally arrive so we went for maximum color in these lunches. (And as you might know, "eating the rainbow" is a great way to make sure your kiddos get lots of different types of nutrients.) Yum!
Tired of plain tater tots? Try something new and healthy with these zucchini tots! This week's Kitchen Vocabulary Word of the Week is 'Grating.' Making these tots will help your kid chef learn how to use a grater. Grating is the process of changing solid foods into small thin pieces by rubbing them into a grating tool like a box grater.
Packed full of fiber, these triple berry muffins are a delicious and nutritious treat for any time of the year. This recipe is full of measuring,a skill that every kid chef can easily learn at a young age. Measuring while cooking is a great way to introduce kids to fractions. There are a lot of ingredients in this recipe that you might be able to find at home in your kitchen, but it also includes a few fiber-packed ingredients like bran and whole wheat flour.
This recipe is made for anyone with a sweet tooth. It also uses real ingredients as a natural alternative to store-bought, processed whipped cream. Whisking this whipped cream only takes three ingredients. A sweet treat is only minutes away with this recipe.
Our Kitchen Vocabulary Word this week is Dice. To dice means to cut something into smaller pieces or cubes. Dicing is used in salsa to cut the ingredients into finer pieces that are easier to dip into. This mango salsa recipe is a refreshing option for summer and chock-full of knife skills exercises for you and your kid chef to learn together.
With Father’s Day around the corner and temperatures soaring into the 90s in NYC, we thought it would be perfect timing to make fruit ice pops, for your pops! If your dad loves food, these 4 ingredient ice pops will be an excellent way to say “thanks Dad, stay cool.” You can make them now to prepare for Father's Day or make them the morning of, but remember fruit ice pops need to freeze for several hours. And if mango isn’t your dad’s thing, you can easily swap in a different fruit. Happy Father's Day!
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate this holiday by trying a new, diverse foods such as Cinco de Mayo Veggie Soft Tacos. Cinco de Mayo Veggie Soft Tacos are a healthier alternative to an old favorite. In this recipe we used cauliflower as the main ingredient, but you can always dress your Cinco de Mayo Veggie Taco up with our Cinco de Mayo Carrot Slaw!
Summer is just around the corner! Nothing beats the summer heat like a fresh and sweet Summer Fruit Pizza! Now, don't worry, this isn't fruit on a regular pizza, it's all sweet with none of the refined sugars. Summer Fruit Pizza is a healthy pizza that's perfect from breakfast to dessert! It's great to take to a summer BBQ, a graduation party, or a fun picnic. Summer Fruit Pizza brings the taste of summer to you, no matter the occasion!
Happy Earth Day! On Earth Day we should always think about what we can do to help our planet. When we cook, a lot of food gets thrown out and that hurts the environment! That won’t happen with our special Earth Day recipe: Earth Day Rainbow Carrot Peel Chips! Earth Day Rainbow Carrot Peel Chips are a easy Earth Day dish that uses every part of the carrot, so there's no leftover waste. It can even be a healthy new part of lunch or snack time!
Y is for Yogurt! Yogurt is a healthy food that can be used in a lot of different dishes such as Yogurt Ranch Dip.Yogurt Ranch Dip is an easy to make dish that can be served for an after school snack or at a party! The best part about this recipe is that all the ingredients are simple so even picky eaters will love Yogurt Ranch Dip!
Happy Easter! The Easter Bunny is hopping down the road and what better way to greet him than with some tasty Easter Bunny Veggie Frittatas for breakfast? These Frittatas are great for a sit down breakfast or a brunch on the go, which helps when you're on the hunt for Easter eggs! We hope these Easter Bunny Veggie Frittatas help you have a cheerful Easter!
March is National Nutrition Month and so we're celebrating the last week of March by collaborating with 4 other awesome Kids and Family Nutrition experts! Follow along all this week on Instagram to read great nutrition tips for you and your kiddos.
Watermelon Mint Lime Popsicles are a sweet and easy treat that can be eaten as an after school snack or a healthy dessert. Watermelons are a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C and can usually be found all year round because of how popular they are.
Top of the mornin' to ya and Happy St. Patrick's Day! The luck of the Irish will be with you if you make this St. Patrick's Day Spinach Dip! St. Patrick's Day Spinach Dip is a simple and healthy treat that’s great for a party or just a holiday snack! The best part of this dip is that you can eat every part of it so there's less of a mess.
Vanilla Mashed Potatoes may sound strange at first but don’t worry, it’s still as savory and delicious as regular mashed potatoes. Vanilla Bean Mashed Potatoes can be a tasty side dish or a main course and because both Potatoes and Vanilla Beans are so popular, they can be enjoyed all year!
A honeyed Ugli Fruit Yogurt Parfait is a snack time treat that is healthy and easy for anyone to make! Parfaits are a layered sweet treat that can be eaten at home or on the go. Ugli fruits are in season from November-May in the United States. We couldn’t find any Ugli fruit at our grocery store, but grapefruit or tangelo works just as well (we used grapefruit).
Valentine's Day is one of the sweetest days of the year, and what better way to share your love than through food! Satisfy your sweet tooth and your taste buds with this Valentine's DIY: Sweet Strawberries. What's not to love about chocolate covered strawberries? Tastes like candy, but with half the guilt and enjoyable for loved ones of all ages.
Kid chefs will love using fruit as their canvas as they paint with chocolate and yogurt and decorate with sprinkles. And they will love the chance to make a sweet treat to show their love for their fam and friends! They're so fun to make, they might just make this recipe all year round!
The holidays are here (but you knew that by the early decorations before Halloween, right?)! You want to say “YEAH!,” but inside you are thinking “UGH!? What will I gift my loved ones!?” If you are like me, you want to give something that is thoughtful, yet frugal on the budget, yes? Say no more! Junior Assistant Chef Emma and I are here to rescue you from your holiday shopping dilemmas with this two for one deal - a unique gift idea and playful at home activity ALL. ROLLED. INTO. ONE! Score one for parents. High-fives all around! Read on to learn how to make this Cookie Jar Gift, a great DIY for Kids!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I bet your December calendar is filled with holiday parties, with little to no time to prepare something to bring to the table. It feels as though there is absolutely no time to make something that is both delicious, nutritious, and a crowd-pleaser. Sound familiar? Don't worry because we've got the perfect Christmas recipe for kids to make with our Broccoli Tree Appetizer.
Do you have a kitchen helper that makes you nervous when she uses a grown-up chef knife? Or a little chef who can't quite reach the counter when he wants to cook? Or kiddos that think kitchen gadgets are the most fun gift of all? Well today I present to you... (drumroll please)...The Nomster Chef Gift Guide: For Kids Who Like to Cook
With so much decorating, shopping, and wrapping, we sometimes forget to stop and share the seasonal spirit with our little ones through food. It can be both easy and enjoyable to make Christmas cooking with kids a part of your December plans with our Strawberry Santa Pops!
Welcome back to our Learning through Cooking series! One of the many benefits of cooking from a young age is that kids can learn so many different things by being in the kitchen. Psychologist and Nomster Chef Curriculum Consultant Jamie Krenn is an expert in “culinary cognition” and she’s explaining the tangible ways kids learn through cooking. Today we’re going to get crafty and learn how kids can practice art skills in the kitchen.
It's just the beginning of the holiday season, which comes with plenty of family, food, and fun. Why not combine all three, and get your little ones in the kitchen helping out with Thanksgiving dinner? While we aren't suggesting that your three-year-old roasts the turkey, kids can get involved in different ways. By having them help prepare a side dish, they feel as though they have made a major contribution to the meal, and they'll tell everyone at your table about how they made it. Imagine the huge smile across both their face and yours.
Make your own salad dressings are really fun to make for kid chefs. What could be more delightful than putting something in a jar and shaking as hard as you can? It can also be a fun science lesson: what is an emulsion? Why don't oil and vinegar like each other? And since you can make them so quickly, even the littlest chefs have the patience for these recipes.
Every year, October rolls around bringing with it candy corn and peanut butter cups. This then transitions into a season of pumpkin and pecan pies followed by holiday cookies. It is possible to let children enjoy the treats of the season while still maintaining their health, wellness and balance. These practical tips for a healthy holiday season can help you navigate this season of kids and treats.
It's almost Halloween! Get in the spooky spirit by making this Halloween recipe for kids: Mini Mummy Pizzas. Not only is it super delicious, it also has a secret hidden veggie. The dough is made out of cauliflower, and packs a whole serving of vegetables. Bonus points!
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