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Cooking Kids

By Christine Steendahl

Everything revolves around the kitchen. People are naturally drawn to this room of the house and kids are no exception. Whether its watching a parent or adult role model cook or getting the opportunity to help prepare a meal, children welcome the opportunity to be in the kitchen where the action is.

Teaching and allowing little ones to cook and help prepare meals is a great way to help them develop an appreciation for a variety of foods and tastes. Kids are more apt to eat what they have been allowed to help prepare. So if you have the time, and in some cases the patience, you should take the time to show your little ones how to cook. And just think, the day will come when you will be invited to their house for a meal. By creating a solid foundation as a child, you will be assured of a great meal. Until then, find some time to show your little ones the fundamentals of cooking, no matter how simple the meal or dish is.

These no bake quick recipes for kids will provide them some scrumptious desserts and healthy treats. The kids will have fun and you can relax while the kids have fun preparing their own treats.

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls


*1/2 cup peanut butter
*1/2 cup honey
*1 cup crushed corn flakes cereal
*2 tablespoons powdered milk
*Set corn flakes aside.
*Mix all other ingredients well.
*Roll into balls.
*Then roll again in Cornflakes until covered.

*Refrigerate leftovers!!

Great with milk

Waffle Sandwich

Kids can make their own breakfasts and snacks. They can even experiment to create their own designer sandwich.


*Two waffles - frozen or homemade
*Peanut butter
*Marshmallow spread
* Bananas,
*Chocolate chips
*Dried fruit...

Spread peanut butter on one waffle, jelly on the other and make a sandwich -- it's that easy. Set out all the ingredients so the kids can experiment with several combinations to create a one-of-a-kind creation.

No-Bake Yogurt Pie


*1 9" graham cracker crust shell
*1 8oz. container of orange flavored yogurt
*1 C. thawed whipped non-dairy topping
*1/2 C. canned mandarin orange slices - drained and
broken into pieces


1.Combine yogurt and whipped topping together in a bowl and stir with a spoon.
2.Add mandarin orange slice and stir.
3. Spoon into the pie shell.
4. Cover with plastic
5. Wrap and chill.

You can freeze this pie and thaw slightly before serving.

Appetizers and Snacks

Vegetable Dippers


*Bowl of carrots,
*Celery, cucumbers and
*Cherry tomatoes


1. Mix a 16oz. container of light sour cream with dry soup mixes like tomato, vegetable or onion.
2. Allow the dip to blend over night or mix it up in the morning.

Cream Cheese Dip


*1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese with chives
*1 (5 ounce) container sharp processed cheese food.

Fruit Dips-1


*2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
*1 cup brown sugar
*2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Fruit Dip -2


*Cream cheese
*Crushed pineapple

1. Combine cream cheese and crushed pineapple
2. Stir until you reach the desired taste and consistency.

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