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bulletAll Recipes/Kids Recipes - With 1250 recipes, the kid section of All Recipes is huge. The layout is busy, but packed with features such as nutrition details, recipe scaling, recipe emailing, and printing in a variety of formats including 3"x5" and 4"x6" cards. If you sign up for a free membership, you'll be able to store your favorites in a personal recipe box. And to integrate writing into the kitchen experience, members can submit recipe reviews. For the very easiest recipes and articles about cooking with kids, look in Kids as Chefs.
bullet Easy Kids Recipes - "Mom chef" Clarissa shares her dual passions of kids and food with this easy-to-navigate recipe collection. In addition to the expected (such as sections devoted to Breakfast and Easy Lunches), Clarissa has four recipes for pet treats, and ten for play dough. Other great clicks are her free monthly newsletter, articles (especially the one on homemade baby food) and popsicle recipes. Homemade popsicles are a perennial favorite at our house. Like most homemade items, they are both healthier and cheaper than store bought.
bullet Just Kids Recipes - With headings like Gross, Fun, and Frozen Treats, kids are sure to find many recipes to delight them among the 410 at Just Kid Recipes. For example, berry blue Jello with suspended gummy fish is called a Jello Aquarium. Think of how cute this will look in individual clear plastic cups at a birthday party! Each recipe page has a link to a printable version (sans ads and menu items) at the bottom

Forget the Mess, Kids Who Cook Can Develop a Lifelong Love of Good Food

Take a look below for great recipes to cook with kids!

(ARA) - Culinary professionals from The Art Institutes say that cooking with kids can be fun for the whole family with a few simple safety rules and basic organization. The payoff? Encouraging children to enjoy cooking can help nurture a lifelong love of good food and eating well.

For Chef Director Bill Niemer of The Art Institutes International Minnesota, having children in the kitchen can be a fun experience for all involved with a little careful planning.

"If you're working with young children under five, give them simple jobs such as using cookie cutters or decorating a plate with garnishes like herbs or flowers they can gather in a garden, " he explains. For older children, Niemer says most can use small paring knives close to the size of their hands to cut simple shapes from vegetables or fruits.

No matter what a child's age, close supervision is the most important safety consideration. That, and "teaching a child respect for the heat of an oven or a stove. Any child that needs to stand on a stool to use an oven shouldn't be using one," says Niemer. The chef recommends that adults make sure to use the right size pots and pans to avoid splatter, and to keep handles pointed toward the back of the stove.

When Chef Niemer and his daughter are in the kitchen together, they enjoy preparing a tasty beef stew. Besides helping her appreciate good food and cooking techniques, the chef sees other benefits for his daughter, "I have her do all the measuring. It's a great way to reinforce math skills," he adds.

For her "Cooking with Kids" class at The Art Institute of Phoenix, Chef Jennifer Mraz teaches her students, ranging in age from seven to nine, important kitchen basics that -- with practice -- they will continue to use as adults. As in any professional cooking school, Chef Mraz tells her students that good food starts with good safety and sanitary habits. Students are taught the importance of washing hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before beginning to cook and keeping work areas clean by washing down surfaces with a sponge and warm water, before and after cooking.

Kids are natural cooks and they have energy to spare, says Chef Mraz, but they like to be kept busy in the kitchen, not just watching. "No matter how well organized you are, kitchens get messy when children cook, but that's part of the fun," she says. "Encourage them to stop and clean up as they go along, clean cooking surfaces, and put ingredients away once they've been used."

When Chef Instructor Steven Pilat at The Art Institute of Dallas teaches a cooking course to children from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, many of whom dine frequently at fast-food restaurants, he likes to start his classes by teaching nutrition, and keeping the lessons fun. "We play nutrition bingo using black or pinto beans to mark the spaces, and quiz kids about the food pyramid," he says. "They learn they need to eat grains and vegetables several times a day and save the sugars for special treats."

Since many of the chef's students make their own snacks when they return from school, Chef Pilat tries to encourage the children to think about what healthy snacks are all about. "I introduce foods like fresh fruits and granola," he says. "We give the kids a bag of groceries to take home and prepare the recipes that we do in class. That way, they can share what they've learned with their families."

As Chef Mraz explains, "Everyone likes to eat, it's a common interest we all have. When children are invited into the kitchen as active participants and they see how much fun cooking can be, they are learning wonderful lessons about eating well that will serve them all their lives."


Apple Volcanoes from Chef Jennifer Mraz, The Art Institute of Phoenix
(serves two)

- 2 apples
- 2 large marshmallows
-  cup peanut butter
-  cup chocolate chips
-  cup chopped nuts
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut

Wash apples. Remove stem and core out apple with spoon, enlarging the hole slightly. Press marshmallows in center of cored apple to fill the bottom. Spoon peanut butter into apple to fill to the top. Spread peanut butter over top of apple. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and coconut.  

Yogurt Parfaits from Chef Steve Pilat, The Art Institute of Dallas
(serves one)

- 1 8oz. container of vanilla yogurt
-   cup fruit (any kind, chopped)
-   cup low-fat granola

Place layer of yogurt on the bottom of a bowl or cup. Cover yogurt with a layer of fruit and then a layer of granola. Keep layering until all the ingredients are used. Serve immediately or place in the freezer to make a frozen yogurt snack.

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