August: Potlucks!

August Theme: Potlucks. What do you take with you?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Kid-friendly ideas

-The kids like egg salad/chicken salad/whatever kind of sammy but use cookie cutter shapes to make the bread "cool". Dinosaur shapes, fish, dog, pretty much anything is fun for them.

-I've found that my kids don't like eating whole, adult-sized burritos, so I take a pizza slicer to a tortilla and make smaller sized ones for them.

-The kid will eat almost anything if it has some fun dip or topping associated with it. I put different toppings in ramekin's and let them put what they want on their food.

-mini quesadillas with broccoli, sweet peppers, etc. in them are usually a hit.

-personal pizzas made on a Skookie pan.

-I sneak ground flax seed in homemade pancakes, bread, etc and the kids don't even notice it's there.

-homemade chicken nuggets. They are good made with crushed Fiber One cereal as the coating. (misplaced my recipe, but it's in the Hungry Girl book.)

-Laughing Cow Light cheese wedges and crackers (Costco has the cheapest price on the cheese)

-hummus with fresh veggies for dipping

-homemade yogurt popsicles

-a really yummy and healthier substiture for sour cream is called Fage ( it's greek yogurt.) Tastes just like sour cream and my kids and hubby eat it like crazy. Works great in any recipe that calls for sour cream or use as a topping. (I buy mine at Costco)

-we've bought Veggie Straws from Costco before. They are chips, taste yummy, and have veggies in them.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Amost Oreos

I think these are better than oreos!

1 box devil's food cake mix
2 eggs
3 T water
3 T oil
1/2 c cocoa

Preheat to 400. Combine ingredients. Form into balls and place on greased cookie sheets. Flatten and bake 6-8 minutes. While they cool, make the filling.

1 c shortening
about 1 pound powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 c water

Beat shortening. Add one cup sugar, vanilla, and water. Beat, add half the sugar, beat, add the rest, beat again.

Make into sandwiches.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Green Drink

This is my mother-in-law's tried and true trick that she used to get her kids to eat some greens. She said to put celery in, but I thought it made the texture weird, so I leave it out. I think it is pretty good, and Jeanette(who refuses to eat vegetables) doesn't exactly guzzle it, but she drinks it.

Place in the blender:
a handful of spinach
a sprig of parsley
a cup of pineapple juice
Blend until very smooth (you don't want them to detect any bits or chunks!).

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Killer Mac and Cheese

You can do this recipe in a crock pot or in the oven. It freezes really well, so small containers are pretty handy to pull out during the summer and just microwave. My kids are the pickiest bum eaters on the planet, and they scarf this down.

1 lb macaroni elbow noodles (or shells are fun, too)
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1 can milk
4 T butter
6 cups shredded cheese (whatever you think your kids will like--I normally use some cheddar and some colby/jack blend)

Boil pasta until almost done (overdone pasta will be nasty!), then strain and add some olive oil to keep from sticking.

In the pot you just boiled the noodles in, put butter and cheddar cheese soup and whisk together on med-low heat. Add milk and rest of cheese. Whisk until cheese is completely melted, about 5 minutes. You can add more milk to make the sauce thinner if you wish.

Mix with pasta noodles.

From here, place mixture in a crock pot on low for 3 hours or bake in the oven at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

*Try other things in it like ham or just use white cheese. One of my family's favorite things to do with this is ladle hot tomato juice or tomato soup over the top of the macaroni in a bowl and eat it that way.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Noodles and White Sauce

I love the theme for this month. I am looking forward to all of your ideas. Here is one of my favorite kid lunches.

bowtie or spiral pasta
Alfredo sauce from a jar mixed half and half with pureed cauliflower
chopped chicken (from a can or leftovers)
peas and carrots (my philosophy is even if they get picked out, at least you tried!)
whatever else you have laying around and think your kids will eat!

I also like to make breakfast foods for lunch: cheesy omelets, waffles, breakfast burritos.

Polynesian Coconut Rolls

Coconut milk is amazing. It makes everything taste so yummy and exotic.

1 can coconut milk
1 c water
6 T sugar
4 tsp corn starch
dough for 12 rolls

Combine coconut milk, water, sugar, and cornstarch in a bowl, stir well until cornstarch dissolves. Coat a 9x13 with spray. Pour in mixture. Place rolls on top of coconut mixture. Let rise until double in size (1 hour or 25 minutes in a warm oven), then bake at 375 for 20 minutes.
from The Lion House Bakery cookbook.
I used white whole wheat in my roll dough and it was still great.