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Celebrate Kids In The Kitchen Day!

Bridgette from our iFamily Mom and Dad Squad has some fun recipes and tips for your family to celebrate Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day!  Take a look…

Kids In The Kitchen

Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day!

Tips for Cooking With Kids & Recipe Ideas

Hey Kansas City! Do you know that Wednesday, September 13th, is National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day? We want to encourage all of your kids and teens to take over their kitchen and prepare a meal or meals for your family to celebrate the day. When kids cook with their parents or guardians, they are strengthening a family bond and making memories that will last. But not only that, they are also learning life skills and also where their food comes from and how to make healthier choices.

My kids love to make breakfast in the morning, and while it can be dangerous in the kitchen, I have a few tips that will keep everyone safe! This way, your kiddos can make a great breakfast, lunch or dinner without the fear of cuts and burns.

-Keep it cool- Have supplies for them to make cold breakfast items ie yogurt, fruit, granola, cereals, smoothie mixes and so on.

-Mix it up- To avoid cuts, have your kiddos do the “dirty work”. Let them mix up the ingredients in the bowls, crack the eggs, roll out dough or if it is something soft enough, use plastic knives or kid knives to avoid sharp ones.

-Do the math-  In our house, anytime we can throw in a math problem we do lol. So when making biscuits or pancakes or anything really that needs to be measured out, I let the kids do the measuring.

-Spread it out- Sandwiches are easy to make too! All they really have to do is spread out the pb&j or spread the mayo and mustard, add some turkey, cheese and whatever else and you are done!

As always, younger kids should always be supervised when in the kitchen! Especially if they are using the stove, oven, knives or toaster!

Here are a few easy recipes that my kids always help with, and you can guarantee that I will be finding a way to incorporate all these easy ones together so I can take full advantage of this day lol

Easy Biscuits

These are the easiest biscuits ever and my kiddos love making them! Best of all you only need a few ingredients. For the full recipe, head over to Nevermore Lane!

3 Cups of Flour

41/2 tsp baking powder

9 tbsp oil

1 Cup water

11/2 tsp salt

This recipe really is easy and tastes great! I personally add a little butter on the tops before baking, my husband loves it!

Kidshealth.org has some really yummy recipes as well! Plus they have recipes that are great for those with dietary restrictions.

The Awesome Apple Sauce has become a staple item in our house!

All you need is:

2 small red apples

2tbsp lemon juice

2tsp sugar

2 pinches of cinnamon.

You can get this recipe and another family favorite (Fabulous French Toast) HERE.

So, make sure you head to the store to grab those last few ingredients you need and let your kids take over the kitchen! I’m pretty sure that might include doing the dishes too lol.

From iFamily to Yours,


13 Mouthwatering Brunch Ideas Your Family Will Love

Autumn has officially settled into the metro area and we couldn’t be more excited for what’s in store for your family this season. One of my favorite ways to bring in the weekend is with a relaxing morning at home and our family loves to brunch – and we are not alone! Check out these 13 mouthwatering brunch ideas your family will love from fellow foodie and iFamilyKC Mom Squad contributor Leah. Take a look…

brunch ideas for busy families

13 Brunch Ideas: Falling Into Food

Raise your hand if you don’t love food. I dream about food and find myself thinking about it all day. I have a crush on food – I’ve even seen tacos wink at me (right before I ate them). All jokes aside, food is seriously magical. It makes life better. I’ve compiled several recipes that will add to your (food) happiness because who can go wrong with brunch? Imagine a sleep-in kind of Sunday followed by getting up to create some of these yummy recipes below. Grab the family, grab some coffee, and get cooking! If you have any left, feel free to drop them off to me. Enjoy!

#1 Cheesy Egg White Breakfast Muffins

Easy cheesy egg white muffins for your morning. Low carb, gluten free, and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups egg whites
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheese of choice (I love cheddar, Colby jack, or pepper jack)
  • 2 tablespoons of skim milk or plain Greek yogurt (not necessary, but gives them a bit of fluff)
  • salt and pepper

Find full instructions for this mouthwatering recipe over at The Ambitious Kitchen.

#2 Quick Breakfast Egg Wraps

Use leftovers from your Saturday night dinner to create a simple brunch in just under ten minutes! Combine a healthy fat (like ghee or coconut oil), eggs, and leftovers (like meat and veggies) for a delicious morning pick me up.

#3 Overnight Cinnamon French Toast Cupcakes

“Mini-cakes conquer breakfast! These individually sized cups feature cinnamon swirl raisin bread and a crumbly streusel topping. Prep the day before to make this dish a brunch-time breeze. “

Find the full instructions online at Betty Crocker’s website.

#4 Apple-Bacon Cheddar Mini Breakfast Pies

“Don’t be fooled by their small size. These individual pies combine a harvest of hearty flavors—cheddar, apple and bacon—for a flavor-packed breakfast treat.”

Grab the recipe online now and save it for your next brunch!

#5 Brie, Bacon, and Spaghetti Frittata

Ingredients:

  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 pound spaghetti
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 ounces Brie cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Find the full recipe online at SaraMoulton.com

#6 Pumpkin Spice Sticky Buns

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 Thomas English pumpkin spice muffins, cut into 1 ½ inch

Find this recipe over at The Girl Who Ate Everything

#7 Breakfast Bread Bowls Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped pancetta
  • 4 crusty hard rolls (4 inches wide)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded Gruyere or fontina cheese

Grab the full recipe at TasteofHome.com

#8 Potato Bacon Cheddar Frittata

Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced roasted potatoes
  • ½ pound crisp cooked bacon, chopped
  • ½ pound diced aged cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped chives
  • 10 large eggs (preferably at room temperature)
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp chili flakes (optional)

Visit Rocket Recipes online for the full details.

#9 Perfect Popovers

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk or half-and-half, warmed
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard

Grab the recipe online now at What’s Cooking America?

#10 Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche

Ingredients

  • 6 thick bacon slices
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup uncooked stone-ground grits
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cupes half-and half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions

Grab the whole recipe online at MyRecipes.com

#11 Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic
  • onion (optional)
  • chives (optional)
  • cheese (optional)
  • oil or Crisco for frying
  • sour cream or applesauce (optional) for garnish

Food.com has the full recipe for this brunch idea.

#12 Chili Cheese Omelet

Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can of chili
  • 12 eggs (3 per omelet)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup onions – diced
  • 1 or 2 jalapeno peppers – finely chopped
  • salt and pepper – to taste

Grab the recipe over at MrBreakfast.com

#13 Repurpose Last Night’s Dinner

Hungry for more? Check out this Huffington Post article that gives you great tips for re-purposing your leftover stew, rice, vegetables, meat, and other foods into a fantastic brunch for your family.

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Leah


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