The following recipes were shared by Ashley, a CFFer with 3 young kids. Thanks, Ashley!
Kids at home? Driving you crazy? <grin> Here are some fun, and EASY snacks (and lunches) for them. My children have a great time with these. My 12 year old can fix any of them along with her younger sister, with ease, and they have such a great time. Hope you have fun with them!
1 box of rectangular crackers (like Waverly or Captain's Wafers)
1 package of soft cream cheese
Blue food coloring
1 package of Goldfish crackers
Mix the blue food coloring with the soft cream cheese until the cream cheese is the desired color - resembling water. Spread cream cheese on crackers, top with goldfish, and let the children eat the "aquarium"!
For each 2 children you will need:
1/2 cup cantaloupe chuncks
1/8 cup apple juice concentrated
1/2 cup of milk
Ice or small plastic cups and popsicle sticks
Measure and pour the liquids into a blender. Add the cantaloupe chuncks. Blend well. Serve over ice or pour into plastic cups, insert popsicle sticks and freeze.
Supplies: Apple, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips, Rice Krispies, Raisins
Cut apple in half. Have kids spread peanut butter on apple half. On foil or wax paper have different piles for dipping apples in. A pile of chocolate chips. A Pile of rice crispies. A pile of raisins. Let the kids smash the peanut butter side of apple in each pile!
Supplies: 1 slice of bread, tuna salad, 1 Raisin
Spread one slice of bread with tuna salad. Use dinosaur cookie cutter to cut a dinosaur from the center of the bread. Press on a raisin to make the eye.
Bread, Peanut butter, Raisins, Chocolate chips, Alfalfa or bean sprouts, squeezable cheese, other small food items. Spread peanut butter on one side of bread - openfaced. Have child make eyes, nose, mouth and hair from other items provided. Encourage kids to be creative and eat what they create.
1 8inch flour tortilla
2-3 tbsp peanut butter
2-3 tbsp grape jelly
1 small banana, peeled
Place tortilla on a paper towel. Microwave 10 to 20 seconds on high until the tortilla is soft and warm. Spread with peanut butter. Top with grape jelly. Place the banana near the right edge of the tortilla. Fold up the bottom fourth of the tortilla. Bring right edge over the banana and roll-up.
Banana, 2 tbsp peanut butter, grapes
Peel and slice a banana. Spread slices with peanut butter and connect the slices. Add a grape up front for the head ("gluing" with more peanut butter). If desired, make this a game with the child - what veggie can we add to make antennas? etc. (maybe a strip of celery).
1 3/4 cups strawberries
1 large can crushed pineapple
5 bananas (cut in cubes)
12 oz frozen orange juice - concentrate
1 1/2 curps water
Mix ingredients together. Freeze in small paper cups. Serve partially defrosted. Children love this nutritous treat!
Use oatmeal (or any hot cereal) instead of ice cream Still use toppings. I use crushed pineapple, strawberry preserves (or thawed frozen strawberries) and of course, chocolate syrup and a little whip cream. Of course you make these a size to fit the kids, so they can finish them all, but my kids love it! At least for a change of pace.
2 - 16 oz. loaves frozen bread dough
1 egg white, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon water
Separate thawed bread into 24 - 1 1/2" balls. Roll each ball into a rope 14 1/2" long. Have children plan and design pretzel shapes (letters or numerals). Put pretzels one inch apart on greased cookie sheet. Let stand for 20 minutes and brush with combined egg white and water. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Place a shallow pan containing 1" of boiling water on bottom rack of oven; bake pretzels at 350 degrees on rack above water for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
12 oz. chocolate chips
12 oz. butterscotch chips
1 cup peanuts
2 cups of raisins
1 pkg crispy chow mein noodles
Melt all the chips in a double boiler. Put the noodles and nuts in a big mixing bowl. Pour the melted goo over the noodles and nuts. Mix everything together well, but be careful not to break too many of the "legs". Place spoonfuls of the mix onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Chill the Creepy Crawlers until they are hard.
1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Brown Sugar
3 oz. can of Chow mein Noodles
Melt 1/2 cup of butter in a saucepan. Add 1 cup of brown sugar. Boil and stir for one minute. Add a 3 oz. can of chow mein noodles. Put the mixture in 12 paper baking cups in a muffin tin. Use your thumb to press noodles into the nest while still warm. DO NOT BAKE. Give children jelly bean eggs to put in their nests.
Clear Plastic Cups
Get some clear plastic cups, put some oreo crumbs or "sandy" colored cookie crumbs on the bottom. Get some blue jello and pour over the crumbs, add some gummy fish and when set this makes a great snack!
1 can (6.5 oz) water packed tuna
2 T celery finely chopped
2 T fat free or low fat mayonnaise
2 tsp. onion finely chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
4 small unsliced hamburger buns
4 small stalks of celery with leaves
Drain tuna, flake into medium bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients except hamburger buns and celery stalks. Scoop out center of each bun and stuff with 1 1/2 oz or about 1/4 cup tuna mixture. Stand a stalk of celery with leaves in the tuna mixture o make the bun look like an island with a palm tree growing out of the center.
You will need for each child:
1/3 cup Goldfish crackers
10-12 pretzel sticks (fishing poles)
1-2 Tbs. peanut butter
Put the peanut butter and pretzels on a plate, goldfish in a bowl or glass (paper is
OK). The kids dip a fishing pole in the peanut butter and "catch" a fish with it.
Get a tube of biscuits, slightly flatten, then roll up around an apple slice sprinkled with cinnamon, bake.
Toast an English muffin. Spread on pizza or spaghetti sauce. Add cheese. Cut several pieces of pepperoni into triangles. Place 1/2 slice for eyes and nose. Place them overlapping for smile. Cut thin slices of black olives for the eyeball and thin slices of mushrooms for the ears. Place long thin strips of green peppers around the top to resemble hair.
The children make apple sailboats from an apple slice, a triangular piece of cheese, and a toothpick. Eat for snack.
1 10-count can refrigerator biscuits
1/4 C honey
1/8 C nuts, finely chopped
Seperate biscuits and cut each into 3 pieces. Roll each piece in a ball. Dip each ball in honey and roll in nuts. Put 3 balls in each muffin cup in muffin tin. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes 10 servings
1/2 C plain nonfat yogurt
1 t. apple spices (cinnamon, nutmeg)
4 C fresh, sliced peaches
1/2 C Grapenuts cereal
Mix yogurt and spices. Spoon peaches into 6 individual bowls. Drizzle each serving with yogurt mixture and sprinkle cereal over each.
2 frozen waffles (enriched flour as 1st ingredient)
2 T low fat cream cheese
1/2 C fruit slices
Toast waffles. Spread one waffle with cream cheese and place slices of fruit on top. Place second waffle on top. Cut in half. Serves 2.
Cut off top of apple. Using spoon, scoop out core of apple. Fill apple with peanut butter and top with raisins.
Cereal with holes
Have kids thread cereal on licorice. When complete tie ends together.
1/2 cup cottage cheese
broccoli florets, precooked, steamed lightly or raw uncooked
1 tablespoon Italian dressing
measuring cup and spoon
1. Spread the cottage cheese in a thick layer in the small dish.
2. Arrange the broccoli florets so they stand in the cottage cheese,resembling trees in the snow.
3. Drizzle a little Italian dressing over the broccoli florets to flavor the salad.
4. Serve the Trees in Snow with a fork as a healthy, tasty salad.
1. Cut the apple in half (1/2 Apple/child)
2. Spread peanut butter over the apple top (skin is on bottom)
3. Add animal crackers and pretzel sticks to represent the merry go round animals and poles
1. Cut meats, and cheeses into cube pieces
2. Slice various vegetables into thin slices
3. Place all of the above into separate bowls
4. Children create people or robots by placing ingredients onto toothpicks
1/2 C. Peanut butter
1/2 C. Dry milk
1/2 C. Honey
1 T. cocoa
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 C. Chopped nuts
1/2 C. Raisins
2 T. coconut
1. Combine peanut butter and dry milk until blended
2. Stir in , one at a time, honey, cocoa, vanilla, nuts, raisins, and coconut
3. Place mixture on wax paper and roll into a thick snake shape
4. Wrap in wax paper and chill
5. To serve, either have children pull off pieces, or cut into slices
(Makes about 10 cookies, depending on the size)
1 pkg. Vanilla wafer cookies
2 T. Vanilla
2/3 C. Clear Karo syrup
1/2 C. Jelly or preserves
1. Place vanilla wafer cookies into gallon size baggies and zip. Let children crush cookies until tiny crumbs are left. Place in a mixing bowl
2. Combine karo syrup and flavoring
3. Drizzle syrup over wafer crumbs, mix well (hands work best)
4. Shape into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet
5. Press thumb indentation into center of balls
6. Spoon jelly into indentation
7. Cover and chill for 1 hour before serving
In a blender add:
1 cup water
1 cup milk
6 oz frozen orange juice (sm can)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Place all ingredients into a blender then fill to top with the ice cubes. I think the recipes says something like 24 ice cubes but my ice cubes are bigger so I don't use that many. Blend until the consistency of a slushy and serve with a spoon and straw.
1 cup cheerios
1 cup crispix
1 cup corn chex
(or use 1 cup of any 3 different types of cereal)
1 cup goldfish
1 cup oyster crackers
1 cup raisins
1 cup pretzel sticks or tiny pretzels
Simply mix together and let the children serve themselves. They love it!!!
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