Today was our last day of the Kid’s Cooking Class. We did tofu pups in a blanket, carrot juice, garden carrots and sweet peas, ants on a log, apple sandwiches and playdough. Here are the recipes:
- Tofu Pups in a Blanket, by Nutribuff – We used non-GMO soy smart dogs, 100% whole wheat bread with the crusts removed, spread with mustard or ketchup and two chopped hamburger dill pickles. Place pup at end of the square and roll tightly up. Bake for 10 minutes at 350.
- Carrot Juice – I demonstrated the use of a juicer. Carrots are good for eyes, bones, and skin. The pulp has a lot of fiber that can be thrown into a soup. After juicing five regular carrots, put the pulp in a sandwich ziploc bag and seal it up with as little air as possible. The fiber is great for helping your body to get rid of excess fat or toxins from your body. The juice is great to make whenever you get a cold to help you get better faster.
- Garden Sweet Peas and Baby Carrots – Nothing tastes better than fresh produce from a garden. If you plant a garden and involve the kids, there is more chance of them starting to like vegetables since they were part of the process.
- Ants on a Log – This one is an easy and nutritious treat; a piece of celery, some peanut butter spread on it, and raisins to top it.
- Apple Sandwiches by Nutribuff – Roll an organic apple on its side and slice into 1/2″ slices. You can see a star in the middle, which is the place of the most nutrients. Normally, people throw the core away. But, if you cut it like this, you can discard the few seeds and eat the whole thing. Spread some roasted almond butter on top. It is so yummy. We tried the raw almond butter and it didn’t taste as good.
- Playdough – This is a cooked version of playdough that will last for 6 months as long as you keep it from drying out. Keep it in the bag when you are not using it. This recipe makes the most pliable playdough – safe and nontoxic too. Add 1 cup each of flour and water, 1/2 cup of salt, 1 Tbsp each of vegetable oil and cream of tartar to a pan. For coloring, you can use food coloring. There is a chart on the back of the box telling how many drops of each basic color to use to get a certain color. Keep repeating the colors until you get the intensity of color you want. Mix all together and cook over medium heat on the stove until it becomes a dough. Some people just throw in a package or two of koolaid for more vivid colors. There are a lot of dough recipes available to try on this link including edible playdoughs and one that is good for making necklace beads and crafts that harden for painting available to try.