Oct
28
2014

"Easy As ABC" Alphabet Soup Recipe

A Delicious Soup that Will Have Your Kids Eating Their Veggies

by: Lara Katz

"Easy As ABC" Alphabet Soup Recipe

I have recently gone back to school to study nutrition, which leaves me very little time for making meals. Lately, I have been trying to make dinners that double as my children's lunches the next day. Soup works very well for this, but I need to keep things exciting in order to keep my children interested and willing to try it. This alphabet soup is easy and quick to make, delicious and nutrtious, and makes a great dinner or lunch. Don't tell your children there is zucchini in it! Serving it with fresh bread or buns makes it extra filling and something to dip, which is, in all honesty, one of the most fun things about eating soup. Trying to scoop out the letters in your name is also a fun thing to do.

Ingredients:

2 tsp olive or canola oil
2 carrots, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small zucchini, diced
5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 cup bottled strained tomatoes, passata
1 cup alphabet noodles
1/2 cup corn kernels
 
Directions:
 
 In a medium-sized pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots and celery and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until carrots and celery become slightly softened. Add garlic, cook for another 2 minutes. Do not allow garlic to burn. Add zucchini, cook for an additional minute.
 
 Add broth and strained tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 7-10 minutes. Add alphabet noodles, cook for 5-7 minutes, or until pasta is soft. Add corn and cook an additional 5 minutes.
 
 Serve with crackers, fresh bread, or buns.
 
(Makes 6 servings)
 
For more quick and easy, kid-friendly recipes, try these Busy Mom Chicken Fingers or this Kid-Friendly Baked Ziti.
 
Adapted from Canadian Living
Oct
27
2014

Best Cashew Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Perfect for Any Night of the Week

by: Lara Katz

Best Cashew Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Stir fries are one my favourite dinners—they're easy, quick, delicious, and healthy. Combining brown sugar and soy sauce is one of my favouite ways to make a stir fry sauceI love the sweet and salty combination. This one in particular is delicious and would work well on a beef stir fry, thinly sliced chicken cutlets, or pan fried fish fillets. Any way you serve it you will love it!

Ingredients:

1 lb skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut up into small pieces
1 egg, whisked
1 cup panko
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
2 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
1 cup salted cashews
 
Directions:
 
 Heat oven to 400.
 
 Dip chicken pieces in egg, then cover completely in panko.
 
 Place on a foil-wrapped baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray and bake for 20 minutes.
 
 Meanwhile, in a medium-sized bowl mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, vegetable oil, and water.
 
 In a medium-sized pan, over medium-high heat, pour sauce into pan and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes until thickened.
 
 Add chicken to sauce and mix well. Cook on low heat for 3 minutes.
 
 Serve topped with cashews. Tastes great served with basmati rice.
 
(Serves 4)
 
Looking for other great dinner recipes? Try Taco Night Recipe, Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce Recipe, and Best Weeknight Fajita Recipe.
 
Adapted from Damn Delicious
 
Oct
27
2014

Easy And Fun Sprinkle Pancakes

A Fun Way to Serve Pancakes, especially on Birthdays or To Brighten Someone's Day

by: Lara Katz

Easy And Fun Sprinkle Pancakes

Who doesn't love sprinkles? Seriously, I think sprinkles make most things look more fun, especially to kids. This past week my third child turned one! While he was pretty much unaware that it was an exciting day celebrating his birthday my other two children loved all the excitement. To start the day I made these pancakes, and not only did my kids love and eat them up, so did my husband! Chances are you have most of these ingredients so even if it isn't someone's birthday they can be a fun breakfast any day, especially those mornings that are super gloomy.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup sprinkles or chocolate chips
3 tablespoons butter
 
 Mix flour, baking powder salt, sugar, milk and eggs together in a bowl.
 
 Over medium heat, melt butter in a medium size pan.
 
 In a small bowl transfer 3 large heaping tablespoons of pancake batter and mix in 1 tablespoon sprinkles. This will allow the sprinkles to be mixed throughout the pancake instead of only sitting on top. You do not want the sprinkles sitting in the batter for a long time otherwise they will bleed.
 
 Drop batter in pan by the tablespoon in order to make 3 or 4 separate pancakes, make them as small or as large you want. Allow to cook on one side for 1-2 minutes before flipping. You can tell when the pancake is ready to be flipped when a lot of bubbles start to appear in the uncooked side of the pancake. Cook the other side for 1-2 minutes.
 
 Continue until the batter is all used up. Serve warm. Leftovers keep well refrigerated or frozen and reheat well in the toaster.
 
Makes Around 30 Small Pancakes
 
Adapted from Kosher By Design
 
Looking for other recipes your kids will love? Try Carrot Zucchini Muffins, Easy Peasy Smarties Squares and Banana Chocolate Chip Cake.