Cooking with Kids: Fun Summer Snacks!
Thursday, August 13, 2015
First, let me lay it out on the line: cooking with kids is not usually neat, clean, predictable, quick, or easy. BUT! Yes, there are buts! (If you’re living with kids, you’ll need to insert a “butts” joke here.) Cooking with your kids has so many benefits. First, you’re spending quality time — something kids can never have enough of. And then there’s the bonus of teaching them how to make their own food (hello, independence!), nurturing an willingness to trying new foods (goodbye, picky eater!), and inspiring their creativity and sense of accomplishment. Cooking with your kids = parenting win. Oh, and let’s not forget that cooking with your child offers you a chance to also teach them the fine art of cleaning up the kitchen! Never too young to start.
We’re going to give you some suggestions for easy and fun summertime snacks kids can make with your help. It may be that you and your kids are spending lots more time together when school is out over the summer, or perhaps you’re looking for simple things kids can make when you all get home in the evening after a long day at jobs and summer camp. Either way, Gordo’s has ideas!
Most kids love the apple slices and peanut butter combo. But what happens when you add a bit of sweet crunch? The results are delicious and gone within minutes.
- 1-3 apples, depending on the number of kids
- Nut butter (any will work)
Adult Help: Slicing the apple, either with a sharp knife or a dedicated apple slicer. Older kids may be able to use an apple slicer independently.
Kid Instructions: With the back of a spoon or butter knife, spread a small amount of nut butter on each apple slice. Place slices nut butter side up on a plate. Sprinkle with granola — as little or as much as you like! Eat!
What kid doesn’t love a taco (ok, I know there are probably some who don’t, but bear with me!)? Pillsbury Crescents dough seems to have this magical can-be-made-into-anything quality. Do a quick Pinterest search and you’ll see what I mean. In this recipe, we combine the yumminess of tacos with the gooey deliciousness of warm, melted Gordo’s Cheese Dip.
- 1 lb ground beef
- Taco seasoning
- 1 pkg. Pillsbury Crescents
- Gordo’s Cheese Dip – any flavor
Adult Help: Brown the ground beef in a skillet, adding taco seasoning as indicated by instructions on the package. Older kids may be able to handle this task on their own — be sure to remind them about safety when handling raw meat! Younger kids can help stir with supervision and add in the taco seasoning.
Kid Instructions: Lay out the prescored Pillsbury Crescents on a cookie sheet. Place a spoonful of ground beef on each triangle. Roll up to form a pouch. Pinch the ends so that the beef will stay inside the roll. Bake according to instructions on the package. Serve with warmed Gordo’s Cheese Dip (ask mom or dad for help when using the microwave!) for dipping.
I’m pretty sure there’s a research study that shows people are more willing to eat food on a stick. No? Well these fruit kabobs will be a hit, I can assure you. Fun to make and eat!
- Your favorite fruit – grapes, pineapple, watermelon, cantelope, raspberries, and strawberries work best
- Wooden kabob sticks
Adult Help: Cube or cut any fruit that needs to be cut. Small squares work best; strawberries can be left whole if small or cut in half if large.
Kid Instructions: Slide each piece of fruit on a kabob stick until the stick is full. Careful of the pointy end! Be sure to leave room at one end for easy holding. Get creative – make a pattern!
Kid Friendly Snack Mix
Who says trail mix has to be boring? Kids will love a twist on this classic snack.
- Honey roasted peanuts
- Chex cereal
- Pretzel sticks
- Dried cranberries
Adult Help: None!
Kid Instructions: In a large bowl, add handfuls of each ingredient until you get just the right mixture of snack mix.
Fish on a Boat
A modern version of “ants on a log,” these “fish on a boat” will make the kid in everyone smile.
- Celery stalks washed and cut into snack size pieces
- Peanut butter or cream cheese
- Goldfish crackers
Adult Help: Cut celery.
Kid Instructions: With a butter knife or back of a spoon, spread peanut butter or cream cheese on the inside of each celery stick. Stick 3-5 Goldfish on top.
No plate necessary! Kid friendly, parent approved.
- Snack size bag of tortilla chips (kids will love Doritos)
- Gordo’s Cheese Dip (any flavor)
- Any other nacho toppings your kids will eat, like tomatoes, onions, black beans, avocado, etc.
Adult Help: None, unless heating Gordo’s in the microwave is too much for your little one.
Kid Instructions: Heat Gordo’s Cheese Dip in the microwave — ask an adult for help. Using scissors with caution (if you’re allowed), cut open your chip bag long ways (in other words, not at the top or bottom of the bag). Drizzle a spoonful of Gordo’s Cheese Dip over the chips in the bag. Add toppings as desired.
For more kid-friendly ideas, including crafts, cooking and more, check out the Gordo’s Cheese Dip Pinterest page, “Kid Stuff!”