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Easy Meals/Dessert Ideas

By Mei Yee

As I may have mentioned before, kids love to help in the kitchen. Here are a few easy recipes that the kids will be able to help you.

1. French bread pizza. I remember helping my mother make these when I was a kid. And as an adult, it is fun to make with my kids. This one may need some time to plan if you will use ingredients that need to be cooked.

My kids love chicken and bacon on their pizza, so I have that cooked and ready to go. Next, we get a French baguette, then slice it in half horizontally, and then cut it vertically twice. This should create six equal pieces (two for each of us). You can cut bigger or smaller slices depending on how big your family is.

The kids then add their sauce to their liking; they then drown it in cheese (as they love cheese) and add the toppings they like(either pepperoni, chicken, or bacon, or all three together). Then I will put them in the oven at 350degrees until the cheese is all nice and melted. I don’t usually time it, but I would say maybe about 10 minutes. At this time, the girls help me clean up and set the table so once they are ready, we can eat!

2. Oven smores. The usual ingredients will work (graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows). But you can always change it up, maybe use the cinnamon or chocolate graham cracks instead. Maybe use Reese’s cups instead of plain milk chocolate.

Marshmallows can be big or small. I sometimes let the girls dump everything in as that seems to be fun for them. Other times we layer the graham crackers on the bottom to act as the crust. Then layer in the chocolate and top with marshmallows.

Baking will be at 400degrees for about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how toasted you like your marshmallows. Scooping out when they are layered is easier, but it is delicious no matter how you make it. And these are nice for those who have no access to make them by a campfire or on rainy days.

3. Apple donuts. For these, you will need apples, peanut butter (regular, chocolate, or hazelnut spread) or cream cheese (strawberry seems to be the favorite in this house), and maybe some sprinkles or chocolate chips.

Slice the apples to the thickness of your choosing. Next, take out the core of the slices. Then let the little ones help spread the topping of their choosing and add on their sprinkles. Simple and delicious, especially for those who love apples!


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