Party in the Kids Kitchen – December 20/21

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This party is a great resource for families looking for new ideas for meals, snacks, and involving kids in the kitchen.

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Kid-friendly Pea Soup

I know what you’re thinking – kid-friendly pea soup, that’s an oxymoron.

But I can honestly tell you that I’ve served this to many kids, including my fair share of picky eaters, and they all have eaten it happily.

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Homemade Chai Tea Recipe

I love a spicy cup of chai tea as the weather starts to cool down.

A hint of cinnamon, a bit of pepper, cloves, and cardamom (not to mention that gentle caffeine nudge). Chai tea is the perfectly balanced cold weather drink.

While I love David’s Tea’s Saigon Chai, making my own homemade chai tea mix replaces any need for a store-bought blend.

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Party in the Kids’ Kitchen – December 13/14

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Party in the Kids Kitchen – December 6/7

Welcome to the Party In the Kids’ Kitchen!

This party is a great resource for families looking for new ideas for meals, snacks, and involving kids in the kitchen.

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Winter Weekly Healthy Meal Plan

Even though we are a two-person family, I meal-plan as if we were a family of four or five since we have the daycare kids to feed Monday through Friday, from 7:30am to 4:30pm.

What I often do is plan a flexible breakfast for Miss G, myself, and our one early bird, so that we can accommodate an extra child or two, in case they don’t have a good breakfast before joining us or anyone wants seconds.

Lunch has to feed six kids — three toddlers and three preschoolers — and me. (So maybe a little bit more food than two adults and two kids.)

Supper is just for Miss G and I, but I don’t want to spend our three precious hours making an elaborate meal — I tend to make two or three special meals throughout the week and make enough “plan overs” to get a second meal out of them, and rely on my crock pot at least once per week.

This week is a pretty standard week with no special outings or events, so it was really straightforward to plan.

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Sugar Free Homemade Pizza For Kids

Today we welcome Amy from Handz On Mom to share her awesome sugar-free homemade pizza for kids!

When I sit down to make up our family’s menu for the week I always try to find a way for my kids to help make the meal.

It can be scary letting your kids help you cook and it can be time-consuming.

Many times it makes a bigger mess and more often than not it takes twice as long to carry out the task.

I am finding the more that I get my kids involved the better they are at eating the food that comes out of my kitchen.

One of our families traditions is making this sugar free pizza recipe on Saturday night.

Having your kids help you with the pizza making process is one of the most simple and easiest ways to get them into the kitchen.

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Lentil and Pork Stew

The first time I read about lentil stew was in Sophie Dahl’s amazing cookbook, Very Fond of Food. She called it lentil pie, and I kept re-reading the recipe looking for the pie crust component.

Apparently, she meant pie in the British tradition of a Shepard’s or Cottage Pie and meant for the lentils to be scooped out on top of mashed potatoes as a meatless meal option.

Her recipe is the inspiration for this more kid-friendly alternative, which also has a bit of an extra protein punch with the addition of braised pork chops. (Leave out the pork chops and substitute the meat broth with a vegetable stock if you’d prefer a vegan alternative.)

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Croissant Bread Pudding

When we were in Montreal, Miss G and I became obsessed with all-butter croissants.

Our favourite croissants were from a little bakery, Au Kouign-Amann, which doesn’t have debit and didn’t really have much near it (other than some other awesome restaurants), but we still made the trip out to the Metro Royale Station several times throughout our week-long vacation to buy those perfect, flaky croissants.

Now, back home, Miss G always selects croissants as one of her three special choices at the grocery store. (And I’m still trying to perfect my homemade croissant recipe.)

Very rarely, we don’t eat them all before they go stale, but recently we had three leftover that were a bit too hard to eat, so Miss G and I whipped up this croissant bread pudding recipe for an indulgent breakfast.

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Grown-up Hot Chocolate

Coffee has been my biggest weakness with switching to a healthy lifestyle. I love tea, but there’s something about a cup of coffee in the morning that is so tied into my lifestyle and psyche.

I found this awesome product last year, but after the cold weather subsided I had completely forgotten about it, and am only now rekindling my love for brewed hot chocolate.

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