Spending time in the kitchen with your kids can be a great bonding experience – and can make prep-day a FUN occasion rather than a chore. Making your meals interactive, colourful, and playful can be fun for the kids – and can make it easier to incorporate AH recipes into your family rotation. To get you started, here are Chef Kenzie’s Top 10 Kid-Friendly AH recipe adaptations.
#1: Grain-Free French Toast “Fries”
Follow our Grain-Free Waffle recipe as directed. Once cooked, slice each Grain-Free Waffle into 1-inch thick strips. Dip each strip into your favorite French Toast batter. Fry on a pan with a bit of oil (or as directed in your French Toast batter recipe). Serve with a side of Greek yogurt blended with your favorite fruit for a colorful dip.
#2: Grain-Free Donuts (Sweet or Savory)
Bake our Grain-Free Waffle batter in donut molds for a fun homemade “donut”. Top with cheddar cheese for a savory twist or opt for a drizzle of dark chocolate and peanut butter for a tasty sweet treat.
#3: Meatloaf “Cupcakes”
Follow our Meat Loaf recipe on page 152 of Always Delicious. Bake the batter in muffin tins rather than the 9-inch square baking dish. NOTE: The cooking time will be reduced due to the smaller surface area of the muffin tins – check for doneness after 25 minutes. Continue to cook, if needed, until the meat is cooked through.
Remove meatloaf “muffins” from the oven. Top with a scoop of Mashed Fauxtatoes (from our Shepherd’s Pie recipe on page 238 of Always Hungry?). If you’re feeling like having a bit of fun, use a piping bag to pipe the Mashed Fauxtatoes on the meatloaf “muffins” – they’ll look like the cutest cupcakes!
#4: Chicken Quesadilla “Animals”
Follow our Chicken Quesadilla recipe on page 246 of Always Hungry?. After cooking the quesadillas, use a cookie cutter to make them into fun shapes (ie: animals, hearts, stars, etc.)! Use the remaining “scraps” to make quesadilla salads (toss with leafy greens and Chipotle Mayonnaise or your favorite dressing/sauce).
#5: Not-So-Basic Hummus
Blend colorful cooked vegetables (ie: beets, red bell peppers, green peas, carrots, etc.) into our Basic Hummus recipe (on page 290 of Always Hungry?) to make colorful dips! Serve with Socca Crackers (Always Delicious pg. 202), vegetable crudités, or whole grain tortillas (P3).
#6: Sweet Breakfast Crepe Cake
Follow our Sweet Breakfast Crepe recipe on page 98 of Always Delicious. Replace 6 servings of Apple Pie Parfait with 2 cups Greek yogurt, 4 cups berries, and 1/3 cup almonds. Blend together the 2 cups of Greek yogurt with 2 cups berries of choice. Then, assemble your “crepe cake” by following these steps…
1. Lay one crepe on a round cutting board.
2. Spread 1/3 cup of the greek yogurt and berry blend over the crepe.
3. Top with 1/3 cup fresh berries and a few almonds.
4. Repeat until all six crepes are stacked.
Slice like a cake and serve! (Each person gets 1/4 of the crepe cake!)
#7: Tofu “Fries” Poutine
Follow our Crispy Tofu Fries recipe on page 173 of Always Delicious. Serve tofu fries with your favorite gravy (no-sugar, no-flour) or a sauce from one of our books. Top with cheese. Broil for a few minutes, until cheese is melted and gravy or sauce is warm.
#8: Power Ball “Cake Pops”
Prepare our Mint Chocolate Power Balls on page 279 of Always Delicious. Melt a bit extra dark chocolate, for dipping. Place each Power Ball on a skewer. Dip into the melted dark chocolate, then roll in your desired toppings. The toppings will stick to the chocolate. Let set in the fridge.
Topping suggestions: crumbled nuts/seeds, drizzle of nut butter, unsweetened shredded coconut, chopped dried fruits.
*Optional: Omit the peppermint extract in the original recipe if you think it may interfere with the flavor of your toppings.
#9: Hot Dog “Corndogs”
Slice your favorite pre-cooked sausage into 1-inch slices. Prepare our “Low Carb Pancake or Hot Dog Bun” batter. Dip each sausage into the batter. Fry on a pan until the batter is cooked through and the sausage is warm. Serve with your favorite dip.
#10: Chicken “Tenders”
Use the chickpea flour batter in our Fried Fish recipe. Slice chicken breasts into thin strips. Coat in the chickpea flour batter and fry in oil until cooked through. Serve with your favorite AH/AD sauce on the side.
TIP: You can also purchase raw chicken tenders at the store to use for this recipe!
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