Kids in the Kitchen

Spring is just around the corner – at least according to the calendar – but there are still plenty of days to come when indoor activities take center stage. If you’re looking for ideas about how to spend these late winter days inside, you might want to head to the kitchen with your little ones and whip up these delicious treats together.

These recipes are found in the collection of cookbooks published by La Leche League International over the years. As always, these recipes may not fit the culinary tastes of everyone. If you modify the recipe, we’d love to hear what you did and how it turned out. Enjoy!

This first recipe is from Feed Yourself, Feed Your Family: Good Nutrition and Healthy Cooking for New Moms and Growing Families. Not only does Feed Yourself have more than 75 recipes, this book also contains information about healthy eating from pregnancy all the way throughout the first years and beyond.

UFOs (Unidentified Frying Objects) – Serves 1

  • 1 slice whole-grain sandwich bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Use a 3-inch round cookie cutter to cut a hole in the center of the bread. Spread half of the butter over one side of the bread slice and one side of the cut-out hole.

Melt the remaining butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the bread and cut-out hole, buttered side up. Cook until golden brown on the bottom, about 1 minute, then turn over.

Break the egg into the hole in the bread. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until the egg sets on the bottom and begins to set around the edges, about 2 minutes. Carefully flip the bread over and cook until the top of the egg is set, about 1 minute.

Serve with the cut-out hole for dunking into the egg center.

These next recipes are from Whole Foods for Kids to Cook. This slim cookbook is divided into ability levels so you and your children can start out with very basic recipes and work your way up to more difficult recipes.

Banana Boats – Makes 1 or 2 servings

  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut
  • 1 tablespoon granola
  • Raisins, dates or other dried fruits

Peel banana and cut into halves lengthwise. Spread peanut butter on cut sides of banana halves. Sprinkle coconut, granola, raisins, dates or other fruits over peanut butter.

Guacamole – Makes 12 servings

  • 2 avocados
  • 3 tablespoons salsa
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or lime juice
  • 1 clove of garlic, mashed, or garlic salt to taste
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro

Peel avocados with table knife. Mash avocados coarsely in bowl with fork. Add salsa, lemon juice, garlic, green onion and cilantro, mixing well. Chill for 1 hour or longer.

Baked Apples – Makes 2 servings

  • 2 apples
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon butter or cold-pressed canola oil
  • 1 cup hot water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove core of apples with apple corer, leaving bottoms intact. Place apples in baking dish. Spoon 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup into hole in each apple. Add ½ teaspoon butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon to each. Pour water around apples. Bake covered, at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until apples test tender with fork. Serve warm.

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