Kids Rock Part 2After receiving some very positive response regarding the “Importance of Letting Kids in the Kitchen” article, I decided to continue this theme.  It was a really enjoyable article to write and I greatly appreciate all of you who responded.

As I’ve been working mostly on easy, affordable appetizers in my regular posts this week I thought it would be nice to include a few kid-friendly recipes into the mix.

Nothing made me happier, as a young man, than helping contribute to the preparation of a family meal, especially when entertaining guests.  It really made me feel great when my contribution was complimented.  It is my hope that those of you with little ones invite them into the kitchen the next time you are planning a special meal and let them help with the appetizers.  Lots of love and special bonding can be shared and formed in the kitchen.

And now, onto the recipes.

Chattering Teeth

Chattering Teeth are a blast to make for children of ALL ages.  Makes a great presentation for a Halloween party.

Chattering Teeth1/4 cup peanut butter
2 Tbs. cream cheese, softened
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 med. apple, cored and cut into 16 wedges
Miniature marshmallows

1. In a small bowl, stir peanut butter, cream cheese, and cinnamon until well mixed.

2. Spread 1 side of each apple wedge with a thin layer of the peanut butter mixture.

3. Stick together 2 wedges to create the lips. Tuck in a row of marshmallow teeth.

Serves: 8

Yummy Cocoa

Nothing better then coming in from a snowball fight on a cold blustery evening and having the kids help you make the hot cocoa.  Also the perfect beverage to serve with Chattering Teeth.

The Best Cocoa
2 Tbs. sugar
1 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup milk
Miniature marshmallows (optional)
Cinnamon stick (optional)

1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and cocoa. Stir in the water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat and simmer for 2 minutes whisking constantly.

2. Stir in the milk. Increase the heat to medium; cook until heated through. Do NOT boil. Pour into a mug. Top with marshmallows and add the cinnamon stick for a stirrer if desired.

Serves: 1 mug

Veggie Kabobs

Here is a nourishing, enticing, and FUN (most importantly) snack kids 10 and over can help prepare.

Veggie Kabobs
1 med. carrot, cut into 8 pieces
4 cherry tomatoes
1 stalk celery, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 sm. cucumber, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
8 pieces sweet green pepper
4 wooden skewers, 10 inches long
1/4 cup sour cream
2 Tbs. Thousand Island dressing

1. Thread some of each vegetable onto each skewer. Use kitchen shears to snip off sharp ends of skewers.

2. In a small bowl, stir sour cream and Thousand Island dressing until mixed.

3. To eat kabobs, slide a veggie down to the end of the skewer and dunk it in the dipping sauce.

Serves: 4